This week, I have one of my favorite photos from Barcelona! I took this in the Barri Gòtic, or the Gothic Quarter. It’s one of the first photos I took that turned out how I envisioned it, so I’m really proud of it. That’s a very satisfying feeling for beginning photographers.
The Barri Gòtic is one of the two neighborhoods bordering Las Ramblas in the city center. It’s one of the best places in the city to get lost and enjoy an afternoon of wandering. A stroll through here instantly gives you a feeling for the Barcelona magic.
The Gothic Quarter, as we call it in English, is a little neighborhood is full of small, windy streets full of interesting little shops and restaurants. Of course, because it’s right in the city center, it’s also full of tourists some of the time, but that doesn’t mean that it’s all jam-packed. Try walking just one or two streets overs, and you might just find that you’ve lost the tourist crowds.
You may also find that you’ve become lost yourself. I’ve spent a year in Barcelona and I still get lost when I’m in the Gòtic! Luckily, it’s not a huge area, so eventually, you’ll come across something that helps you get your sense of direction back.
Even though it’s called the Gothic Quarter, you can also find traces of Roman ruins there. Most of them are underneath the medieval buildings, and every so often foot-level windows give you a glimpse of the remains. Occasionally, there are larger pieces that are still intact today.
Sometimes, you can literally see the layers of the different eras of history that have happened in Barcelona – there will be a Roman ruin topped with a medieval city wall, then a huge splash of very modern advertising or something. Coming from California, it’s quite a difference to be able to see just how many years and people have passed through here!
If you’re visiting Barcelona, this neighborhood is definitely a must-see.
I love this area of Barcelona as well! I agree that it is a must!
Thanks! Definitely one of my faves.
I stayed near the Opera in Barcelona in the Gothic Quarter. It was a great place to wander around and get lost. The museu d’historia de la ciutat was very interesting. Great post!
Oh the Opera is such a beautiful building! You know, I still haven’t been to the Museu d’Historia, but I’ll have to go now.
I stayed in Barri Gotic and loved just wandering in the narrow passageways – a really underrated experience!
I agree, I think it’s one of the best things to do in Barcelona!
great photo Jess!
We’re going in a few weeks!!!! Only for 3 days, but do you have any suggestions for restaurants we shouldn’t miss?
Sure! The Boqueria market has some really good food hidden in the back. My favorite tapas are at El Rincón del Cava and Morryson, and La Parradeta has delicious, fresh seafood. I also tried La Bombeta yesterday and loved it.
If you want more specific info, you can shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’m happy to give you more details. 🙂
OOOOH, thank you! I need to print this out so I don’t forget!!! Thanks again! I may shoot you an e-mail as it gets closer…
Thanks for taking time from your trip to take a peek at my blog. I am very envious of your choice of venues. Best regards and safe travels.
Thanks very much!
I love this photo Jessica! So beautiful.
I’ve been living in Barcelona for 6 years and there’s plenty of places I need to discover yet. Gòtic is a neighborhood I don’t go often… but sure when I go, I like it!
Do you know where I bought my breakfast this morning? At Fleca Martí!!! Yes, on my way to the library I’ve been seeing it every day. And today I stopped there. I know understand why you like it that much! It’s so beautiful… and the croissant I took was delicious!
Now I’m studying a lot for my exams… but if in September you want to do another “intercambio”, I would love to.
I need to discover the Gòtic more too! It has so many surprises.
How nice that your library has such good food. 🙂
Good luck on your exams, and I’d love to in September!
The narrow streets of the Gotic are the best places to find a shady refuge if you visit Barcelona in August or July. While you’re exploring, be sure to check out some of the nifty street art.
I’ve lived in Barcelona for the better part of 8 years and I still get lost (if only for a few minutes) every time. Along with the West Village and Soho in NYC, one of my favourite places to be lost. But just remember, if lost just walk in one direction and you’re bound to either hit the Port, Via Laetana or the Rambla.
Agreed, the street art is great! And you’re right, it’s not too hard to re-orient yourself because you’ll inevitably come across something familiar sooner or later.