What to do in Gothic quarter of Barcelona
Barcelona, the cosmopolitan city par excellence and one of the funniest and most exciting cities in the world, offers thousands of plans for you to enjoy every single day of the week, at anytime, anywhere. Bars, restaurants, clubs, terraces, discos, museums, theatres and all kinds of shops are part of its offer; the entertainment never ends.
Among more than 70 districts at your feet, we want to highlight the Gothic Quarter, the historic centre that everyone must visit and certainly one of the most charming and ancient areas in the city. Do you want to visit it with us? If so, forget about your map and let BPremium guide you in order not to miss any details of the Premium plan that we have specially designed for you. Are you ready? Let’s go! We will show you what to do in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.
Imagine the sun shining bright on a Saturday afternoon. You go out and walk to the starting point: Plaça Nova. As you walk around the Cathedral Square, you will be able to contemplate it in all its splendour: a typical Catalan Gothic structure with an amazing and beautiful façade of the fifteenth century. Take a picture, upload it to your social networks, share it on BPremium Facebook and Twitter’s profile, take a selfie with your partner or friend and keep walking.
As you continue the tour around the square, suddenly, you look at your watch and… It’s time to have a break and eat a snack! Sit down to have a glass of wine and eat some pinxos in Bilbao Berria, a reference point in the area where you can taste typical dishes in miniature. Inside, the bar is full of different pinxos and tapas, a unique mixture of scents and flavours. Don’t worry, we understand it is difficult to choose, everything looks so tasty… And of course, if you like white wine, do not hesitate to order Txakolí!
With batteries already charged and full of energy, you will continue the route along the Carrer del Bisbe, one of the most emblematic streets. Walk along this street that joins the Palau de la Generalitat and Casa dels Canonges and look up to see one of the most symbolic monuments of the city, the Pont del Bisbe; on the underside you will see the mysterious skull full of legends and myths. The legend says that if you cross the bridge backwards without losing sight of the skull and you make a wish, it comes true.
Turn around not to bump into anyone and carefully observe the Gothic façade of the Palau de la Generalitat while listening to the melody of some guitar chords played by a young artist. Stop and enjoy his music and give him some coins to thank him for the job and continue your way up to the Plaça Sant Jaume, where the most important decisions of Barcelona are taken.
After having fun in the Plaza Sant Jaume and its bustle, keep walking and enjoying along the streets of the Gothic quarter and its nice little shops until you arrive at Carrer del Vidre where the Herbolisteria del Rei is located. This herbalist’s shop, founded in 1818, is one of the oldest shops in Barcelona and Catalonia’s oldest herbalist’s. As you go inside, you will smell a mixture of botanical flavours and feel the atmosphere of the nineteenth century, you will also enjoy its original decoration, reviving the story of five generations of herbalists. Have a tea on the balcony of the shop, surrounded by oil paintings and a marble fountain dedicated to the Swedish botanist Carl von Linné and say goodbye until your next visit. You have to come back to this shop!
Continue the tour to the Cereria Subirà, located on the 7, Baixada Llibreteria Street. Once you go into the candle shop, it seems like a time machine has brought you back in time. You will certainly notice the decoration and the rococo design of the staircase that dominate the space. Buyers and sellers move along the shop as pawns in a chess board, between the black and white tiles of the room, while you enjoy the countless shapes, colours, patterns and sizes of the candles of the shop.
You finally finish the shopping route, that’s enough for today! It is dinner time, and you wonder: what do I want? Your stomach has a chat with your brain and decides that it is best moment to enjoy some tapas and Mediterranean cuisine. While you are deciding where to go for dinner you listen to a group of girls talking about how well they have eaten in Agüelo013, so you ask them for directions and they send you to the 37, Avinyó Street.
You get to the restaurant, a friendly place that honours the old taverns of Barcelona, you sit down and ask the Agüelo013‘s waiter for recommendations. What a nice guy! He recommends you to try some ham or eggs with foie, but you have seen the fantastic tuna tataki on a nearby table and you decide to take some risks and ask for the three dishes.
While you are waiting, you have a little glass of wine, a tasty young Ribera de Duero. They serve you the dishes which are delicious, so you give your opinion to the waiter who, again very kindly, invites you to stay and enjoy the concert. Is there a concert too? This place is amazing! But you need to rest, BPremium always warns you, Barcelona is the city that never ends.