The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona

The city of Barcelona is of course renowned worldwide as one of the best cities to visit in Europe, partly due to its incredible array of sites of great historical interest.  It’s hard to walk down any street without coming across some amazing building or an incredibly unusual piece of architecture, or a weird and wonderful street-side sculpture  One of the most popular tourist areas is known as the Gothic Quarter, this is arguably the area with the highest concentration of historical sites found anywhere in the city. I criss-crossed the Gothic Quarter on a  Segway Tour when I was in the city in December 2009.

by puroticorico

At the Museu d’Historia de la Ciuta there’s an underground set of ruins, which is easily the most complete view of Roman life found anywhere in the world, including Italy. The famous Barcino settlement dates back over 2000 years to the modern city’s foundation.

Barcino settlement by laura padgett

This area has a very large number of public squares including the Placa del Rei, considered by Spaniards to be the most beautiful square in the whole of Spain.

Place del Rei by carquinyol

Nearby you will also find the terraced square Placa Reial, another stunning location, ideal for just sitting outside a cafe sipping a drink and watching the world go by.

Plaça Reial by reservasdecoches.com

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