Gothic and Raval: discover the oldest neighborhoods of Barcelona

The Gothic and Raval neighborhoods are the essences of Barcelona. Both are part of Ciutat Vella, in fact, the Gothic is the oldest neighborhood of the city and includes the remains of the city’s Roman wall and several notable medieval landmarks. However, despite its name, a number of landmarks Gothic buildings in the neighborhood do not date to the Middle Ages. The Barri Gòtic retains a labyrinthine street plan, with many small streets opening out into squares. Most of the quarter is closed to regular traffic. We can start with the Free walking tour of Barcelona.

Gothic and Raval are situated in the center of the city, you can use the Green line (L1) or the Yellow one (L4). Both famous for nightlife and goods restaurants. If you have booked the hotel here and you want to know how to get to/from the airport, read here!


Reial square
Reial square


Let’s start from Catalunya square and we go down to the Ramblas, the central street of Ciutat Vella, full of restaurants and shops of all kinds, even if mostly for tourists. If are you looking for something to eat: Read it!

We arrive at the Boqueria market, the most famous market in the city, for its colors and perfumes (closed on Sundays). Once you have made a tour past the mosaic of Miró in front of the Liceu Theater. Next, to the Liceu Theater, we also find Palau Guell, one of the famous houses built by Antoní Gaudí, the terrace with its colorful chimneys is beautiful. Entry free only on the first Sunday of the month.

Pass by the Plaça Reial, famous for its beauty and nightclubs such as the famous Jamboree (also excellent for flamenco shows), and then finish at Plaça San Jaume. Here you will find both the parliament and the town hall, and remember!! If you go to the Bisbe bridge and pass under it expressing a wish.

TIPS TIME !! You are a fan of Spanish literature, if you know “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, I am sure these places will be very familiar to you.


Before arriving at the Cathedral of Barcelona, (SEU) go to the Sant Felip Neri square, where the church still has its facade bombed during the Second World War. The cathedral is free to enter only at certain times, but if you want to see it from a good terrace read here! We will finish our tour with a bit of love and take a picture in front of the Mosaic Photo by Joan Fontcuberta.


Mosaic Photo by Joan Fontcuberta
Mosaic Photo by Joan Fontcuberta


If you are a fan of museums remember that in the Raval there is the CCCB and the MACBA, both museums of contemporary art. In the square in front of the museums, you will always find people training with the skateboard, and if you want to stop off it is a great area to eat some tapas or drink a beer. Other famous museums are the Frederic Mares Museum, the Wax Museum, and the Maritime Museum.


Cathedral of Barcelona (SEU)
Cathedral of Barcelona (SEU)



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