A Route through the Gothic Quarter and El Born District in Barcelona
Published on September 15, 2019 by Catalan Holidays
No visit to the marvellous city of Barcelona could be complete without visiting the El Born District and the Gothic Quarter, as they are, without a doubt, two amazing tourist attractions in the capital city, steeped with history.
Past the Passeig de Gracia and passing by Catalonia Square, you arrive at the Ramblas. From there, keep going until you reach the Via Laietana and step into the El Born District, located between the Via Laietana and Barcelona’s beach. El Born District is like a small village inside the capital city; modern and ancient at the same time, filled with retired grandparents playing cards and young people perched on the edge of the fountains. A witness to trade from the 13th to 15th centuries in the Catalan capital, the El Born District forms, along with the Gothic Quarter, “old Barcelona”, which today is known in any city as the Historical Centre.
A Route through the El Born District
- Sant Jaume Square
- Carrer del Bisbe Street
- Sant Felip Neri Square
- Barcelona Cathedral
- Portal de l’Àngel
- Boqueria Market
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WHAT IS THERE TO VISIT IN THE EL BORN DISTRICT?
This District, which became the economic and social centre of the capital city during the 13th and 15th centuries, is still one of the most visited places for tourists and locals alike. There you will find not only buildings with a great richness of architecture and steeped in history, but also restaurants, bars and shops that will delight the most leisurely.
In the El Born District you will find some of the most important and most-visited places in Barcelona. Such is the case of the Picasso Museum, an artistic reference point where you can get to know the works of the painter from Malaga and his relationship with this Catalan city. Even though it costs between €6.50 and €14.00 to enter the Picasso Museum, you can visit it for free on Sunday afternoons after 3:00 pm.
Santa Maria del Mar Basilica
In this part of the city you will also find the Santa Maria del Mar Basilica, one of the oldest religious temples in the capital city. It was built in Catalan gothic style between 1329 and 1383 and, in the present day, its good acoustics make it ideal for holding concerts. Furthermore, entry is free.
Catalan Music Palace
Suddenly you will stumble upon the emblematic Catalan Music Palace, a Modernist building from the beginning of the 20th century, built by the architect Lluis Domenech I Montaner which is the headquarters of the marvellous Orfeo Catala Choral Society. Located in the Sant Pere neighbourhood, it is an architectural jewel where you can enjoy the cultural and social life of Catalonia.
Sant Pere’s Church
From the Music Palace you can get to Sant Pere’s Church, a Romanesque jewel
that is worth seeing, whose construction dates back to the year 945, also becoming the first Benedictine convent with a female tradition in the capital city.
Santa Caterina Market
If you like the atmosphere that can be experienced in food markets, the Santa Caterina Market is a must-visit. The first covered market in the Catalan capital, it was started in 1848. The market was born with the intention of supplying food to the most humble and populous sectors in the capital city. In Santa Caterina Market you can find a multitude of stalls where you can buy meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, frozen items and health food products. Furthermore, you can do your shopping in the market and ask them to deliver it to your home, or you can even make an order on the internet for the ultimate convenience.
BARCELONA’S GOTHIC QUARTER
The Gothic Quarter is, together with the El Born District, one of the oldest city centres in Barcelona. It remained intact until the 19th century, when it underwent huge modifications in its structure, substituting parish cemeteries for public squares. Undoubtedly, the Gothic Quarter is one of the biggest attractions in Barcelona and any trip to the capital city must include a tour through this authentic neighbourhood which is full of history.
Sant Jaume Square
Sant Jaume Square is Barcelona’s administrative hub, including institutional buildings and those belonging to the Catalan Administration, such as Barcelona Town Hall and the Catalonian Government. Sant Jaume Square has historically been a place of celebration for quite a few historical events and cultural activities, such as exhibitions, concerts and sporting events.
Carrer del Bisbe Street
Around Sant Jaume Square we have a multitude of interesting streets, such as Carrer del Bisbe Street, which joins Sant Jaume Square with Barcelona Cathedral.
as well as other lanes and alleyways that criss-cross through the centre of the city and infuse Barcelona with real charm.
Sant Felip Neri Square
Also, in the Gothic Quarter, we have Sant Felip Neri Square, a particularly unique square that takes its name from the baroque-style church that presides over it. Sant Felip Neri Square is built upon the old medieval cemetery of Montjuic del Obispo. There can be no question that you must visit this renaissance-style square, home to the former seat of the artisanal guilds of shoemakers and boilermakers.
Barcelona Cathedral, which can be accessed through Carrer del Bisbe Street, is a magnificent example of 14th century Catalan gothic architecture. Located in the centre of the city, and despite the grandeur of the Sagrada Familia Basilica, this gothic temple is capable of enchanting any tourist. Open every day, you can visit Barcelona Cathedral for free. However, if you wish to access the Choir Chambers or the terraces, you must pay a fee of €3.00, although to gain access to almost all areas, the entrance fee is €7.00.
Portal de l’Angel
Portal de l’Angel is a pedestrianised street in the Catalan capital that brings together a large number of establishments and which connects Catalonian Square with streets such as Cucurulla or Portaferrissa. Undoubtedly, it is a good place for shopping in the city centre or grabbing a drink in some of the many restaurants and bars that you will find in this area.
If markets are your thing, you cannot go to Barcelona without visiting Boqueria Market. Built during the early years of the 19th century and currently home to not only stalls where you can fill your fridge with the best products, but also a gourmet space where you can have a beer or even have a go at creating an informal meal in the most fun way possible.
Where to sleep in Barcelona
Our recommendations are coastal accommodation near to the city of Barcelona. There are areas on the Catalan coast that allow you to be between the sea and the mountains at the same time as being near to the city of Barcelona.
On the other hand, have you thought of holiday rentals of houses with private pools y holiday rentals of houses that accept dogs or other pets. Through this link you have all our holiday homes in Catalonia.