To view some of the best in ancient Roman architecture, one just needs to visit and stay in the Gothic Quarter, part of Ciutat Vella, in Barcelona. Known as the Barrio Gotico, it remains one of the best preserved Spanish neighborhoods.
Originally a Roman town, the medieval charm is still strongly present in the quaint alleyways and streets which are full of life. Just as the rest of Barcelona, there is no shortage of holiday apartments and studios among other accommodation options that are readily available for travelers. Usually these well-equipped and modern holiday accommodation options are a stone’s throw away from attractions and great eating places.
One such bustling stretch is Plaza de Pi, which is filled with craft stores and cafes among well-preserved buildings. It is not just the buildings or shops that lend charm to this area but the talented musicians and artists who can be perfect subjects for people watching from the bars and cafe terraces.
While the Gothic Quarter is made up of a multitude of such interesting avenues and streets which will delight any city explorer, the placas or squares are perfect for peaceful joints while some of these squares are venues for major attractions in Barcelona.
One such not to be missed monument is the centuries old Cathedral Sanra Cru, in Pla de La Seu, whose impressive architecture is nothing short of spectacular. Surrounded by Roman remains and other ancient buildings, the Cathedral stands majestically with its dominating front door and awe-inspiring front spiral.
Other monuments in other squares include the Barcelona City Museum. There is the fine Placa del Rei, where various ancient gothic structures border the square together with the former main Royal palace facade and its watchtower, the original skyscraper from the 16th century.
No traveling can be complete without good food. The dining outlets and tapa bars in this oldest town do not disappoint. Tasty Mediterranean food can be found at the large Les Quinze Nits in Placa Reial. Along the famous La Rambla stretch there is a tapas bar, Pinotxo, where a wide range of mouth watering choices make it difficult to decide on the order. In the same stretch is El Quim, which is another tapas bar serving traditional Catalan dishes.
Partnering the Gothic quarter is El Born, which jointly forms the old city of Barcelona. It is a fashionable area which is home to restored stone buildings, chic boutiques, trendy bars and restaurants along with glass-makers, violin-makers and designers. The apartment options in this fascinating region are wide ranging and conveniently located near some of the best sights in Barcelona.
The other attraction to visit is the Picasso Museum, which is actually made up of five linked palaces in the Carre Montcada. Walking down this street, travelers reach Passeig del Born, a wide street lined with good alfresco cafes where one can sip a good cuppa leisurely while watching the individuals passing by or passionately debating by the open arenas. This stretch is also home to popular nightclubs for some great partying all through the night.
Other districts in Barcelona include the L’Eixample, a commercial and residential district with perpendicular streets grouping buildings into neat cuboids, La Ramblas a shopping haven, and the beachfront of Barceloneta. Travelers can take their pick of accommodation options from studios, lofts and apartments to ensure a comfortable stay while the city delights and visual treats create lasting memories. BOLA TANGKAS