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Ciutat Vella

| Bounded by Rambla, Universitat, Laietana and Ferran, Barcelona, Spain
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This fascinating area is steeped in history, with city hall located in the same spot where kings once reigned. You'll find narrow streets and squares here, with Gothic mansions, museums, historic churches, bars and restaurants. The Placa del Rei is reputedly the place where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella welcomed Columbus after his voyage to America.
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“old city” (134 reviews)
“small shops” (23 reviews)
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| Bounded by Rambla, Universitat, Laietana and Ferran, Barcelona, Spain
Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Good area to walk around, coupled with the Gothic Quarter. Old, tight streets with small local shops, bars etc. Not every street is 'chocolate box' pretty, but bags of character. Well worth a visit, just to amble along. Easily accessed from La Rambla.

Thank GaryMBR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The location is excellent, a 3 minute walk from Ramblah Street. A relatively small hotel, very clean and cozy rooms. looked renovated, modernly decorated. The service of reception and maids is excellent. Ready to help. We really enjoyed staining there. In the category of three...More

Thank מאיר א
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not fancy but great location and accommodations for our family while in Barcelona. Staff was very helpful. Note you can also use pool at sister hotel - which is very nice.

Thank michael w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All of the old area of Barcelona is well worth wandering around and exploring. The history is amazing!

Thank Someotherland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on a mini break in January with friends, We booked a guided tour which was excellant and pointed out many things that we probably wouldn't have noticed on our own. Lots of interesting places to shop eat and drink but prices are not cheap.

Thank saddlebags
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous place Barcelona but don't expect to get any sleep if u stay at the front of the hotel ... ciutat Vella ... bottle bank outside that's been empty most of the night.... so loud you jump out of your sleep ... u could...More

Thank PAULINE D
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

a very nice place to stay in the city center. nice rooms, everything is clean and a real friendly service ! we stayed with 2 kids of 5 yo. and 7 months and felt comfortable and secure. big thank you goes to the service administrator...More

Thank Pavel M
Reviewed 29 June 2017

You could spend all day wandering the narrow, winding streets of the old city and never get bored. In addition to the architecture being beautiful, there are tons of beautiful little shops, bars, eateries, and open markets tucked away. I recommend stopping often for drinks...More

1  Thank Catherine F
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

The Ciutat Vella is a great place to wander round some of the narrow lanes and stumble across some amazing architecture or cute little restaurants and bars. Don't go with an agenda, just see where're it takes you.

Thank EJLH
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Ciutat Vella is a less touristy version of the Gothic Quarter Barri Gotic. There are a lot of nice restaurants, bars, and cafes in the area. The Boquería market is also located here along the Ramblas.

Thank Apple853
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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this
picturesque neighbourhood is the very heart of
Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days
under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War
with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and
authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be
thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas
brought to life by the many small bars and local
...More
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