10 Things To Do In Gothic Quarter Barcelona You Shouldn't Miss!
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Activities to Do in Gothic Quarter Barcelona

1. Explore the Cathedral of Barcelona
2. Walk La Rambla
4. Explore Plaça Reial
5. Have a look at Picasso Museum
6. Watch Sardana
7. Visit Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi
8. See Barcelona’s Roman Temple
9. Explore Santa Anna Church
10. Explore History at Museu Frederic Marès

Explore the exciting things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona, the historical centre of the city.  Barrio Gòtico, the Gothic Quarter, which is a part of the Ciutat Vella (old town), would be the first thing you would want to look at when you embark on sightseeing in the city. The historical centre with its narrow mediaeval streets is filled with traditional buildings, Museums, Churches and more. Walk down the Las Ramblas and stop at the attractions such as  Plaça Reial, Teatre Liceu, Mercat de la Boqueria, and Font de Canaletes etc. as you pass by.

You can have unforgettable discoveries with the two main attractions of the Gothic Quarter, the Barcelona cathedral and its architecture along with Placa Reial with its photogenic beauty of 19th-century neoclassical buildings. Apart from these, you can also visit the Barcelona History Museum MUHBA to learn the history of the city, the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi for its ancient architecture, and some religious places like Barcelona’s Roman Temple and the Santa Anna Church.

If you are an art lover, you must explore the Picasso Museum for its cubism, surrealism and other styles or Museu Frederic Marès, for its sculpture collections. You can discover many things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona which will be imprinted in your memories like the traditional Sardana dance which is held during the weekends in front of Barcelona cathedral.

Here is the list of things to do in Gothic Quarter Barcelona:

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Explore The Cathedral of Barcelona

  • One of the best things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona  is to visit the beautiful Cathedral of Barcelona, known for representing 3 different architectural periods.
  • Feel awe-struck by the ornate rooftop spire and the imposing facade of the Cathedral as you enter the place.
  • Admire the excellent specimens of Gothic art, along with the Gothic and Baroque altarpieces.
  • Look out for other attractions such as the choir with 15th-century pinnacles and canopies, the pulpit with a beautiful depiction of the Virgin Mary and Child, the Well of Geese in the cloister, and others.
  • Go to the rooftop to take a look at the stunning view of the Gothic Quarter.

Location: Cathedral of Barcelona, Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain.

Entry Fee: €5 -  €10 per visitor

Weekdays: 8:30 am  - 7:30  pm ( entry will be closed from 12:30 pm to  5:45 pm )
               Saturdays: 8:30 am  - 8:00  pm (entry will be closed from 12:30 pm to  5:15 pm )

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Walk La Rambla

  • Taking a walk on La Rambla, a tree-lined road, is one of the things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona.
  • Enjoy the 1.2 km walk that is surrounded in the east by Barri Gotic, and El Raval in the west.
  • Stop in front of beautiful monuments and churches such as the Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia, Christopher Columbus Monument etc. as you go along.
  • Look out for its most visited landmarks such as Plaça Reial, Teatre Liceu, Mercat de la Boqueria, and Font de Canaletes
  • Stop by the La Boqueria Market to check out the local goodies during your walk.

Location: La Rambla, 75, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

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Visit Barcelona History Museum MUHBA

  • One of the exciting things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona is to visit the Barcelona History Museum MUHBA
  • Learn the history of the ancient city at this museum starting from the Roman times till date.
  • Take the underground tour in the museum that will take you along the Roman roads, passing the ruins of houses, bathhouses, and old city walls.
  • Check out historical documents on display from various centuries narrating the story of the development of the city of Barcelona.  

Location: Plaça del Rei, s/n,08002 Barcelona

Entry Fee: €5 - € 10

Tue to Sat: 10 am to 7 pm 
              Sun: 10 am to 8 pm

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Explore Plaça Reial

  • Explore one of the most photogenic squares in Barcelona, Plaça Reial, with fountains, streetlamps and palm trees.
  • Check out its lively atmosphere created by the buzz of activities of people having a good time at the restaurants and bars of the area such as Corte & Brasa, Bar Tomate BCN, Placa Reial, Cerveceria Colon and others.
  • Admire the 19th-century neoclassical buildings that surround the place.
  • Look out for the lamp posts by the central fountain which are Antoni Gaudí’s first known works in Barcelona.

Location: Pl. Reial, 1, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

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Have a look at Picasso Museum

  • You will surely feel excited while including in your things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona a visit to the Picasso Museum.
  • Visit the three-storey museum displaying over 4,300 artworks by painter Pablo Picasso. 
  • Watch the artworks from the period 1890-1957 belonging to cubism, surrealism and other styles, consisting of prints, oil paintings, drawings, ceramics, etc.
  • Look out for the highlights of the museum collection, his two biggest works, the First Communion (1896) and Science and Charity (1897)
  • Check out the collection of 57 works from the series 'Las Meninas', which is the only series of works by Picasso on display in a single museum. 

Location : Carrer de Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Entry Fee:
  € 5 - € 15

: Tue to Sun: 10 am to 7 pm

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Watch Sardana

  • One of the best things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona is to watch the famous national dance “Sardana”, a traditional Catalan Dance, held at its designated times.  
  • Feel excited as you listen to the flabiol play and find the locals leaving their belongings to join the dance by holding hands and forming a circle.
  • Watch them raise them above their heads and move slowly to the rhythm of the music.
  • See the circle expanding as more people participate watching others dance.

Timing: Times vary as per season. Generally open in the Late evening, please visit the official site before the tour. 

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Visit Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi

  • You can include a visit to Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi in your list of things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona
  • Built in the 14th century, the church will enthral you with its Catalan Gothic-style architecture.
  • Explore the church which boasts one of the highest cross-vaulted ceilings in the city.
  • Admire the beautiful stained glass windows which still have some of the original works.
  • Take a look at the bell tower before you enter the museum to take a look at gold and silverware.

Location: Plaça del Pi, 7, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Entry Fee:  €3 -  €5 

Mon to Sat: 6 pm to 8 pm
              Sun: 11 am to 1 pm

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See Barcelona’s Roman Temple

  • Visit Barcelona’s Roman Temple, known as The Roman Temple of Augustus, located inside an ancient building in the Barrio Gòtico of Barcelona.
  • Feel awe-struck looking at the four 9m high columns of the temple in a Corinthian style that is as ancient as the city and is known to be dating back to the 1st century BC.
  • Get to see an excellent example of Gaudí architecture of Barcelona during your visit to this temple.
  • Take a look at other Roman ruins, which include part of a plinth as well as a fragment of a transept situated in the small chambers of the temple.

Location: Carrer del Paradís, 10, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Tue to Sat: 10 am to 7 pm 
               Sun 10 am to 8 pm 
               Mon 10 am to 2 pm

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Explore Santa Anna Church

  • Stroll into the beautiful Santa Anna Church which still preserves some Romanesque elements inside.
  • Feel awe-struck as you take a look at the stunning Gothic cloister, initially a part of a monastery of the same name that was partially destroyed in ancient times.
  • Admire the various chapels that are housed inside the church such as the 14th-century Capella dels Persons.
  • Feel mesmerised looking at the 20th-century paintings by Ignacio Serra i Goday and  Pere Pruna in some of the chapels.
  • Appreciate the Gothic style that you will witness at the entrance door as well as the cloister and the chapter house. 

Location: Carrer de Santa Anna, 29, 08002, Barcelona

Entry Fee
: €2 - €5 

: 8:30 am to 7 pm

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Explore The History At Museu Frederic Marès

  • Art lovers would love to include a visit to Museu Frederic Marès, a museum, in their list of things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona.
  • Visit the museum that features the private collections of Frederic Marès, a twentieth-century Spanish Catalan sculptor as well as a renowned collector.
  • Stroll across the halls of the museum to take a look at various sculpture collections including Romanesque, Antiquity, Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque and nineteenth century. 
  • Go to the basement of the museum to take a look at 3rd & 4th-century sculptures along with a collection of statues of the Virgin Mary and crucifixes from Gothic and Roman.

: Plaça Sant Iu, 5, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Entry Fee: €3 - €5

Timing: Tues - Sat: 10 am to 7 pm
              Sun: 11 am to 8 pm

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People Also Ask About Barcelona

  1. What are the famous things to do in the gothic quarter of Barcelona?

    1. Explore the Cathedral of Barcelona: Counted among the top things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona is a visit to the beautiful Cathedral of Barcelona. Feel awe-struck looking at the architecture from 3 different periods in the Cathedral as you explore the place.

    2. Visit Museu Frederic Marès: Visiting the colossal museum is one of the things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona. During your visit, take a look at various sculpture collections present in the different halls of the museum.

    3. Walk across La Rambla: Taking a walk across La Rambla is one of the things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona that you must not miss out on. Stroll across the street and pass beautiful churches, monasteries as well as a market on the way.

    4. Watch the Sardana: Do not miss out on watching the traditional Sardana dance which is one of the best things to do in Gothic quarter Barcelona. Listen to the music from flabiol and watch people gather in groups and hold their hands together to participate in the dance.
  2. What is the best time to visit Barcelona?

    The best time to visit Barcelona is from April to July, because in these months you will be able to enjoy its spectacular beaches and some popular events. Some of the best outdoor festivals and events to witness in the Summer Months are Easter and Holy Week, Sant Jordi’s Day, Feria de Abril, Telegrocesca Music Festival and others.
  3. What is Barcelona famous for?

    Barcelona is one of Spain's dazzling Mediterranean cities that is famous for its sandy beaches and stunning Gaudi architecture. The city has also been much acclaimed for its vibrant cultural heritage, lively nightlife, and world-class cuisine with 37 Michelin stars. The famous Barcelona Football Club (soccer) has also added to the city’s fame, making it a famous tourist destination.
  4. How many days are enough to explore Barcelona?

    You can visit Barcelona for 4 days and cover all the major attractions of the city. An ideal 4-day itinerary would include places such as Barcelona History Museum, Barri Gotic, La Boqueria, and others for history buffs. Explore Park Güell, visit La Sagrada Familia, La Rambla, etc further. You can also take a trip to Montjuïc Hill, go for a cooking class, and ride Harbor Cable Car.
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