- Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The Barri Gòtic, or Gothic Quarter, is one of the oldest parts of the city, and it allows travelers an opportunity to explore the intricate architecture and quaint nostalgia of medieval-era Barcelona. The quarter contains many of Barcelona's most prized architectural landmarks, including the La Seu Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, and the Plaça Sant Jaume, the central plaza. Located near the city center, Barri Gòtic is also filled with small cafés, perfect for people watching; bars, ideal for sampling Spanish beverages; and shop-littered alleys, ranging from espadrille makers to contemporary stores like Mango. You'll also find several street performers strewn throughout the quarter's alleys and squares, which provide an excellent soundtrack to a morning or evening stroll through the neighborhood.