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Hang in the Gothic Quarter picture in Barcelona
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Gothic Quarter picture in Barcelona
Gothic Quarter picture in Barcelona
Hang in the Gothic Quarter picture in Barcelona
Barri Gotic apartments picture in Barcelona
Gothic Quarter picture in Barcelona
Gothic Quarter picture in Barcelona

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The Barri Gòtic, or Gothic Quarter, is the oldest part of Barcelona, and considering its location next to the city center, also its most liveliest. Here, you'll find beautiful examples Roman and Medieval-era architecture rubbing elbows with the many shops, restaurants, alfresco cafes, bars and clubs that line this neighborhood's narrow roads and picturesque plazas. And there are so many plazas to explore. Aside from Plaça de la Catedral, which you'll no doubt end up in if you visit the Barcelona Cathedral, make sure you stop in Plaça Reial and the smaller and much quainter Plaça Sant Felip Neri, which was bombed by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War (you can see scars from the attack on the church in the square). The palm tree-clad Plaça Reial is much more energetic and usually buzzes till the wee hours of the morning. Definitely come here to start your night out in Barcelona. Another notable plaza is Plaça Sant Jaume, where the Catalan seat of government has been since the Middle Ages. No matter where you end up in the Gothic Quarter, travelers say its Spanish splendor will leave you charmed long after you leave. 

Visitors also say when visiting the Gothic Quarter, discard the map and just let yourself wander. The neighborhood isn't that big so you'll probably end up at top spots by mindlessly strolling. Some suggested taking part in a walking tour if you're interested in learning the history behind the neighborhood. 

The Gothic Quarter is free to explore all hours of the day and night. The closest metro stops are Liceu and Jaume I. If you're interested in taking part in a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, the Barcelona Tourism Board offers them. For more information on walking tours, as well as the Gothic Quarter, visit the Barcelona Tourism Board website

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