Gothic Barcelona and Las Ramblas

  • Plaza de Sant Lu square and the cathedral door. The Gothic quarter. Barcelona.

If you take a walk through the Gothic quarter and La Rambla, you'll discover the historic centre of the Roman Barcino, founded in the first century BC. This route will take you through the real heart of the city. We tell you what you shouldn't miss on your visit.

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Gothic Barcelona and Las Ramblas

Itinerary 1: Gothic Quarter

  • Cathedral. There is a lift to the roof where the view is amazing. If possible, come at noon on Sunday to enjoy the "sardana" (a popular Catalan dance) on the esplanade in front of the cathedral.
  • Towers of the Roman Wall. These two towers are the only ones remaining of the 74 that formed the wall.
  • Casa de l'Ardiaca house. It has a beautiful courtyard with a palm tree growing out of the building.
  • Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. A charming square with a fountain and a Baroque church, which is well worth a visit.
  • Cathedral Cloister. A magical place that you get to through Santa Eulalia doorway.
  • Augustus Temple. This garden, which is open to everyone, is the perfect place to relax after visiting the cathedral.
  • Plaça de Sant Jaume. In this square you'll find the Town Hall, the Palau de la Generalitat (seat of the Catalan government), and the statue of Sant Jordi, patron saint of Catalonia.

Gothic Barcelona and Las Ramblas

Itinerary 2: La Rambla

  • Rambla de Canaletes. Did you know that La Rambla is known by several names depending on the section? This section is the closest to Plaza de Catalunya square.
  • MACBA-Contemporary Art Museum. It specialises in 20th century art and on its walls are the works of Saura, Barceló, Tàpies and Manzoni, amongst others.
  • Academy of Sciences and Arts. Situated in a Modernist building, it has an archive that holds a large collection of documents nearly three centuries old.
  • Rambla dels Estudis. You'll probably hear the sound of birds in this section, because it is full of stalls selling animals.
  • Rambla de Sant Josep. This part is also known as the La Rambla de les Flors (of Flowers), because there are many traditional stalls selling flowers.
  • La Boquería. It is the oldest food market in the city. The perfect place for the most discerning foodies.
  • Joan Miró Mosaic. If you stand in front of the Liceu theatre and look at the ground, you'll see the huge circular tile mosaic by Joan Miró. If you look closely, you'll be able to see the artist's signature.
  • Casa Brunos Quadros house. Its striking façade is decorated with umbrellas and Chinese dragons.
  • Liceu Theatre: An opera house that works as a cultural and artistic centre.
  • Wax Museum: You'll be able to discover 360 characters, both real and fictional.
  • Columbus Monument: Situated at the bottom of La Rambla, facing the sea. There is a lift that takes you up to the dome and it affords a stunning panoramic view of the city and the port.

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Gothic Barcelona and Las Ramblas

Practical information

How to complete the route:

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
The Rambla runs through the whole of the old part of town, from Plaza de Catalunya square down to the sea.