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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...more
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Reviewed yesterday

This part of the town is not to miss. Great architecture. We felt great when we visited it in the evening.

Thank Tourist1337
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have always stayed in the old town on trips to Barcelona. The little carrers and calles, alleyways, are full of character, cafes, shops and restaurants. There is plenty of Street art, both formal, like statues, and informal wall art. You should always look up!...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This old town occupies a large area in central Barcelona. It comprises of 4 districts, with Barri Gotic being the oldest of the districts. The top attraction is the Barcelona Cathedral. There are many medieval squares, narrow streets and alleys, with cafes, bars and restaurants...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very atmospheric place with a rambling tiny maze of streets. Lots of boutique shops and traditional restaurants and cafe bars.

Thank Danni B
Reviewed 29 July 2018

This whole area is fabulous. There is a fabulous public market off the Rambla called St Josep La Boqueria. Tons of fresh produce, meats, nuts, cheese.

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Narrow streets with amazing atmosphere. I much prefer this area to places like Gracia with expensive shops. Old architecture that has not been spoiled, it's the true heart of Barcelona, love it.

Thank Alison E
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Enjoy walking through the atmospheric streets of the Okd town . Loads of shops restaraunts cafes and bars . Another welcome break from the Rambla . Always discovering new places to visit and enjoy

Thank SJC186284
Reviewed 24 June 2018

Great experience walking through narrow streets. Many buildings dating back centuries. You can even find remanents of the Roman wall and aqueduct. Many wonderful, restaurants and nightclubs find their home in this part of town. The only drawback is that it attracts a large number...More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

A great area for just wandering around - much prefer to Las Ramblas. Lots of little squares, cafes etc.

Thank LMK69
Reviewed 18 June 2018

If you like to visit old cities with narrow streets and surprises around every corner, this is a must see.

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La Rambla
Barcelona's most famous street was once a dry
riverbed. Now, La Rambla is a 1200-metre boulevard,
and a major draw for visitors. During the day, La
Rambla fills with pedestrians, some of which stroll
past impressive human statues and artists while others
take a break to people-watch while enjoying a drink at
one of the many terraces. Housed here is the iconic
Boqueria Market that offers one of the most varied and
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