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Gothic Quarter is a best place to hunt for Gothic-esque buildings, but here are the champions!
Places Where You Can Admire Gothic-esque Architecture in Gothic Quarter
Head along one of the narrowest alleyway in Gothic Quarter to reach Ell Call, the residence area where several Jews in the 13th Century used to live. The Jews were forced to live in such small alleyway due to expulsion in 1424. Today the Jewish Quarter is uninhibited, although the beauty still lingers whereever you go. Ancient Synagogue of Barcelona is one of four synagogues remaining in the area. Peeking inside is a captivating praying site that also contain several Jews-related items for display. On the wall are engravings of ancient Hebrew. Few lovely restaurants, bars, and quaint cafes are pretty much alive and kicking. There's also a small townsquare where you can take a relaxing break.
While you're wandering around Gothic Quarter, be sure to include Plaça Reial on your list. Literally means'Royal Plaza', Plaça Reial is famous for its grand architectures. Its beauty heightened during the night when the whole plaza is illuminated with lights. Constructed by renowned architect Fransesc Daniel Molina Casamajo, Plaça Reial boast few of the most popular nightclubs and outdoor venues. La Merce festival and New Year celebration are also being held annually in the square. By the way, have you noticed the lanterns illuminating the square were designed by Antoni Gaudi?
If you love to eat then you should definitely visit La Boqueria. As the oldest market in Europe, La Boqueria offer array of local delicacies for your hungry tummy. Here is where you can find the best tapas, pintxos, huevos rotos, and more! The wines are pretty good too! Tourists flooding the place everyday, and enjoying all the hustles and lively atmospheres is a great way to bring out your partying mood.
Temple d'August are four ancient columns with 9-meters tall, they used to be parts of ancient temple devoted to worship Emperor Augustus. After its restoration in early 20th Century, the four pillars are enclosed in medieval-style building to protect them from extreme weather. Visitors can enter the building and awe at the pillars that have been standing tall since 2,000 years ago. Temple d'August is something that you shouldn't miss especially if you're a huge fan of ancient Roman history.
Anyone who have gone to Gothic Quarter will absolutely recommend you to pay a visit to Gothic Cathedral. Built in the 13th Century, it took exactly two centuries to finally finish the whole building. You might understand why as you see whoever built the cathedral paid their attention to even smallest details. Built as a homage to co-patron saint Eulalia of Barcelona, the cathedral has a Neo-Gothic facade and you can see statue of gargoyles adorning the roof. This pseudobasilica cathedral also boast five aisles, with a high altar that allows a clear view into the crypt. In the inner part of the crypt lies an alabaster sarcophagus containing the body of Saint Eulalia. Heading deeper inside, you'll find a beautiful cloister with garden. Geese are roaming around freely, it is said the 13 geese are there to represent years Eulalia lived.
Portal d'Angel is the busiest pedestrian street in the Gothic Quarter where you can shop for various items, most of them are high-end brands. The street is particularly crowded with people who hunt for fashionable and branded items. If you seek for much cheaper deals, just go straight along the bustling street where most smaller shops are in business.
How to Get Tickets?
Most attractions in Gothic Cathedral are free of admission fees. Although you still have to prepare enough money if you're planning to shop at Plaça Reial, Portal d'Angel, and La Boqueria.
How To Get Around?
Getting around Gothic Quarters is easy, as all attractions are accessible by walking on foot.
What Should I Wear?
There's no restrictions when it comes to dresscode when you're visiting public places in Gothic Quarter. However, if yo're planning to visit Gothic Cathedral, better wear a more modest clothes or they won't allow you to enter the place. If you need clues: Layer your tanktop with denim jacket and wear long denim or long pants. Tight skimpy clothes are no-no!
Best Time to Visit
Gothic Quarters will always be the busiest neighborhood in Barcelona all year round. Summertime is the most popular season and most likely the street will be packed with people, although if you prefer to go there where there are less crowds, then try Spring or Fall seasons. Those seasons have much warmer weather and lesser crowds compare to Summer.
Will I Need a Guide?
For some places like Plaça Reial, La Boqueial, and Portal d'Angel, more likely you don't need a guide at all. However, it is best to hire a guide if you're planning to go to Gothic Cathedral, El Call, and Temple d'August so they can fill you in with in-depth stories and informations about the place.
How To Get There?
The Gothic Quarter is located between La Rambla and Via Laieta. To reach this Barcelona's attraction, you only need to take Metro Line 3 and alight at Liceu Station, or Line 4 and get down at Jaume I Station.
Gothic Quarter is considered to be one of picpockets hotspot in Barcelona, especially along La Rambla. Stay aware and keep your valuables secure.