Sunday, June 13, 2010

Day 341 - Barri Gòtic

Our favourite area to stroll in Barcelona was the Barri Gòtic ('Gothic Quarter' in Catalin). This area in the center of the old city is a laybynth of narrow streets, where you can see many buildings dating back to the medieval times.

The maze of streets that make up the Barri Gotic make navigation all but impossible, and we got lost nearly every time we went for a walk, but that was part of the fun. Sooner or later you end up at a familiar square, and along the way you get to see interesting buildings and shops.

There are many historic points of interest in the Barri Gotic. One of the most amazing sights is the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, constructed between the 13th-15th centuries. Unfortunately, the cathedral's exterior had alot of staging and was not great for photographing, but the inside did not disappoint. It is visually stunning and immense in scope. No shortage of photos ops.

Another pretty church is Santa María del Pí (Blessed Lady of the Pine Tree), a 14th century gothic church situated on the Placa del Pi.

Carrer del Bisbe Irurita is a charming street that runs alongside the cathedral. This narrow street, like many streets in the Barri Gòtic, is closed to traffic and is designated for pedestrian traffic only. There is a beautiful archway/walkway that crosses the street.

Plaça Reial (Royal Plaza) is one of the most famous squares in the Barri Gòtic. It is a well-known tourist attraction, especially at night. Dotting the square are a large number of restaurants and clubs. In my opinion the cost of food is high and the quality is not that great so I consider this area best only for enjoying the ambience.

The Barri Gotic is also a great place to stroll at night. So long as you stick to the main streets there are many good tapas restaurants and bars to choose from.

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