Barcelona is a city with a rich historic background, a very important part of which can be found in the Gothic Quarter. Very near the center and accessible by foot, you will have the opportunity to see the early Roman city of Barcino and the medieval town with its palazzos, mansions and Gothic churches. This is the style that defines “the heart of Barcelona”: a neighborhood where the splendor of the historic past coexists with the vibrancy of the present.
In the Gothic Quarter, we find the City Hall and the seat of the Catalan Government, the Palau de la Generalitat, the Cathedral and other Gothic churches, including Santa Maria del Pi and Sants Just i Pastor. Close to Plaça de Sant Jaume, right in the middle of this Barcelona neighborhood, there is the old Jewish Quarter, the Call Jueu, where some remains of the ancient synagogue still survive.
In the Gothic Quarter, the Plaça del Rei proudly showcases the architectural ensemble made up of the royal residences of the Catalan-Aragonese monarchs. Below the square, you can visit the impressive archaeological remains of Roman Barcino. Behind the Cathedral stands the beautiful Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, with its baroque church. The square is surrounded by narrow streets in a Barcelona neighborhood suffused with history which comes to life when you go there.