The Catalonian capital greets the new millennium with a
cultural and industrial rebirth comparable only to the late-19thcentury
Renaixença (Renaissance) that filled the city with
its flamboyant Moderniste buildings. An exuberant sense of style – from hip
new fashions to cutting-edge interior design, to the extravagant visions of
star-status Postmodern architects – gives Barcelona a vibe like no other in
the world. Barcelona is Spain’s mostvisited city, and it’s no wonder: it’s a
2,000-year-old master of the art of perpetual novelty. The infinite variety
of street life, the nooks and crannies of the medieval Barri Gòtic, the
ceramic tile and stained glass of Art Nouveau facades, the art and music,
the throb of street life, the food – one way or another, Barcelona will find a
way to get your full attention.
The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) The most visited, and oldest, neighborhood of Barcelona is called the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) and it contains many of the top attractions, including the Cathedral of Barcelona and a handful of Roman ruins. The beautiful neighborhood known as the Gothic Quarter is so called because it used to be the Roman village and thus has some remnants of its glorious past. These days because of the constant modernization it is easy to spot an ancient building right next to one built in the 90s. It is this mix of old and new that brings people from all over the world to stay in the Gothic Quarter.
The Gothic quarter has many peaceful squares (plaças) where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. However one of the main attractions, right in the heart of the district is the huge Cathedral which has a stunning courtyard full of plants and oddly, geese. You will be spoilt for choice of restaurants and bars, especially around Plaça Reial which is always full day and night. The night-life in the Gothic Quarter is lively to say the least and you will always find somewhere to have a drink or a dance. Calle Ferran, which is just to one side of Plaça Reial and leads up to Plaça Sant Jaume with its imposing government buildings is also good for bars and cafes. Shopping is also amazing in the Gothic Quarter, from the more commercial area of Calle Portal de L’Angel to all the little boutiques on Calle Avinyo. Make sure you walk around to
experience all you can, the Gothic Quarter is
perfect for that afternoon stroll.