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Things to do in Barri Gòtic

Founded by the Romans circa 133BC, "El Barri Gòtic" has been the historic and cultural heart of Barcelona ever since. More than just a hub for tourism, the Gothic Quarter has a little something for everyone. Here are a few tips before booking your tour!

Eating

Eating

The quarter boasts some of Barcelona's best restaurants – and its oldest, Can Culleretes! Try Bar Pinotxo's top-class tapas or the traditional curios saved from extinction at Agut.

Shopping

Shopping

The Gothic Quarter's shops and boutiques make spending money just a little too easy! Check out L'Arca de l'Àvia's antique homeware and the Catholic candy (yes, really!) at Caelum.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

El Barri Gòtic's narrow streets are rich with history, from Barcelona Cathedral and the old Jewish quarter to La Rambla and Passeig de Gràcia – home to several of Gaudí's works!

Learning

Culture vultures will find plenty to stir the imagination at the quarter's museums. Highlights include the Barcelona City History Museum and the eccentric Museu Frederic Marès.

Drinking and Dancing

Drinking and Dancing

Despite its age, the area is no stranger to Barcelona's favorite cocktail! Check out Jamboree's Latin and jazz jams or catch Indie rock acts at Sidecar Factory Club.

Our insider tips

When to visit?

Barri Gòtic is one of Barcelona's busiest districts, so it might be best to avoid the tourist season if you can! Visiting in May or June will see shorter queues and better hotel availability without sacrificing the glorious weather.

Is it safe?

Like La Rambla, Barcelona's Gothic Quarter is a haven for pickpockets targeting tourists. Always keep your valuables out of sight and never leave your belongings unattended. Violent crime is not much of a concern, but if out sampling the area's nightlife – as with anywhere – it can't hurt to stick to populated, well-lit streets!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Quarter is always open for a stroll and some people watching!
  • Is it expensive?
    It's free to take in the views, but it'll be easy to spend money on food, souvenirs and entertainment!
  • Will I need a guide?
    Why not? Might be worth it to check out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    This area is within walking distance from the old town and city center!
  • Additional information

    • Remain aware of your surroundings, as you would in any large city.

What people are saying about Gothic Quarter Barcelona

Julia’s tour made my holiday! Best tour ever thank you Julia

What a amazing experience! Great way to see the city and worth 90 euros! Julia was amazing she is one real asset to your company! Her knowledge was amazing, she made time for everyone on the tour and even gave us suggestions for what to do next! This kind of customer service is rare and she is a real gem! Lovey friendly and the worlds best tour guide! Thank you Julia for making our trip to Barcelona a special one.

Great tour, great tour guide, unforgettable moments!

It was one of the best tours I’ve ever made! Thanks to Julia, our terrific tour-guide, this day in Barcelona on bikes will be an unforgettable one. I can only recommend to everyone to do this tour, my son and me had a great time.

An insightful tour & lecture about Spain and the Jews who lived there

An insightful tour through the Gothic quarter about the history of Spain in general and the history of Jewish people who lived there. Dina has in depth knowledge on history and is clearly passionate about it. She conveyed this complex history story simply, from different points of view, knew to answer questions and connect the timeline to other historical events around the world in general and to Jewish events in particular. Dina's map reference as well and standing there on the stone floor conveyed the history in a very personal and real way. Dina shows you how Jewish life in Spain was good & flourishing - the strong Jewish presence in Spain of scholars like the Ramban. Before the horrible inquisition in 1492 that only ended over 300 years later.

Barcelona: Jewish Quarter 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Akiva, 01/04/2019

Valentina was an excellent photographer and we enjoyed the experience.

We were happy to have booked this activity with a professional photographer. We were on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to celebrate 3 important events in our family life--the awarding of a graduate degree and two birthdays--and we wanted wonderful images to commemorate this trip. Valentina was a sweet, personable young woman who put us at ease. We believe that the images will be wonderful. We would recommend this activity to other families.

Barcelona: Instagram Tour of the Most Scenic Spots Reviewed by Rachael, 01/01/2019

Lots of fun and interesting tour of the old city and waterfront areas

David was fun and informative, supportive and interesting. The segways were in good condition and ran well. We had a load of fun. Thanks.

Barcelona: 2-Hour Segway Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by A, 12/20/2018

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