El Gòtic

Renew your sense of wanderlust in the medieval core of Barcelona.

When most people think of Barcelona, they think of the city's Gothic Quarter, El Gòtic. As the center of medieval Barcelona, El Gòtic is responsible for the longest stretch of Les Rambles, the city’s most popular tourist boulevard. Tiny, winding streets lead to hidden plazas and endearingly cramped apartment buildings whose awnings often conceal historic shops. The neighborhood is notorious for the ceaseless tourist traffic that draws extensive attention–late-night revelers seek the clamor of clubs while late-night opportunists seek easy targets.

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On the Map

El Gòtic is within Ciutat Vella and bordered by El Born, El Raval, Sant Pere/Santa Caterina, La Barceloneta, Dreta de l'Eixample, and Eixample

El Prat Airport: 25 minutes by car without traffic or 45 minutes by public transit
Sants Station: 20 minutes by public transit
Plaça Catalunya: 15 minutes by public transit
Sagrada Família: 15 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Life Along Les Rambles In Barcelona's Gothic Center

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Two of Barcelona's busiest corridors, Portaferrissa and Portal de l'Àngel, stake their stone claims in El Gòtic.

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The neighborhood's streets, squares, and shops constantly buzz with frenzied activity.

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Souvenir stalls, food stands, big shops, and small markets make their home in El Gòtic.

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In the market for cartoonish caricatures?

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Platinum-worthy street performers?

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People-watching from your perch at an outdoor cafe?

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Whatever your heart desires, you'll find your fill of it in El Gòtic.

Many artists still live here from older times...so it has kept its untouched local charm."

Everyday In El Gòtic

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Steps away from the neighborhood's bustling commercial corridors, small businesses and local artisans carve out their own parcel of property.

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Grocers, bookkeepers, bakers, and framers call the streets of El Gòtic home.

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Their presence permeates the neighborhood with palpable local pride.

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The neighborhood's plazas welcome shuffling feet and its cafes welcome unhurried conversation.

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Getting lost in El Gòtic helps you find the area's best attributes.

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A History Lesson In Every Plaza

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Each of El Gòtic's plazas boast storied pasts. Walk down Les Rambles and you'll encounter Plaça Reial, a square famous for its mediterranean ambiance and the extensive selection of bars and clubs that surround its perimeter.

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A quiet square behind the neighborhood's cathedral, Plaça Sant Felip Neri shelters itself from everyday eyes. General Francisco Franco's Nationalist forces bombed the square during the Spanish Civil War, and the walls of its church still display the evidence.

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Plaça de Garriga i Bachs commemorates the 1809 defeat of Napoleonic troops. Plaça Sant Jaume contains the offices of the Catalunyan government.

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Education, history, and art intersect at this corner. La Ilotja, one of Spain's oldest art schools, began here. The end of the street marks the beginning of the famous Carrer d'Avinyò and recalls the scene that inspired Pablo Picasso's painting, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

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Standing at the heart of Barcelona, Plaça de la Catedral boasts one of the city's most majestic buildings.

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Colloquially known as "The Trippy Square," Plaça George Orwell is tame by day and busy at dark.

Medieval Monuments Minutes from La Rambla

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Since 1450, the Barcelona Cathedral has been the Gothic Quarter's main attraction.

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Wander among the Quarter's snaking streets and you'll find yourself contemplating the arches of other Gothic edifices.

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Gargoyles, archways, and ancient walls characterize the Gothic Quarter.

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Connecting Cathedral Square with Plaça Sant Jaume, the famous Carrer del Bisbe has the power to transform modern thoughts into medieval sentiments.

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Its ambiance is that beguiling.

You will find all kind of shops, well known restaurants like La Fonda or Los Caracoles, supermarkets open until midnight, bakery, bars, clothing shops, pubs, dance halls...so it's impossible to get bored!"

As the Light Fades In El Gòtic

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El Gòtic's vast array of bars, clubs, restaurants, and late-night cafes draws tourists from their temporary homes and residents from around the city.

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The neighborhood exudes 24-hour energy.

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In El Gòtic, people eat late, drink late, and laugh late.

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Go to El Gòtic prepared to enjoy its energy late into the evening.

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We promise you'll find something you love.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Susana Lopez

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Susana Lopez is a freelance photographer currently based in Barcelona. She travels wherever an interesting project takes her. Design and music are two of the corner stones of her life and she admits to feeling slightly frustrated that she didn’t become a rockstar. Photographing Barcelona for Neighborhoods made her fall in love with this amazing city all over again.

Filippo Poli

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Filippo Poli specializes in architecture and landscape photography. He collaborates with architecture offices in Spain and Italy, and is regularly published in the leading international architecture magazines. Shooting for Airbnb was a good excuse for him to take a critical tour of Barcelona's cityscape and its most representative neighborhoods. He hopes the photos will help travelers to begin their journey.

The Weaver House

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Hannah and Kelty are twin sisters from Portland, Oregon. After studying foreign languages together at Stanford University they parted ways, moving to Barcelona & San Francisco. Re-uniting in 2010, they launched The Weaver House: a collaboration in photography, design, and fashion. They shoot with polaroid, 35mm and digital, gravitating toward organic and unique personalities, spaces, and unions.