Walking through the Gothic district of Barcelona, Spain not far from Las Ramblas is like taking a step back in time. It used to be known as the “Cathedral District” and it’s what is left of the Roman and middle ages. Now days it is called the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona and the architecture is amazing here.Gothic District Barcelona Spain

I enjoyed the Gothic area for many reasons. One because it’s a great place to cool off in the hot months! Even when it was 89 degrees outside it seemed only 69 degrees. The buildings are so close together at times the sun can get into the streets making it much cooler. It did open up occasionally in common areas.

 

Gothic District Barcelona Spain
Gothic District Barcelona Spain
Gothic District Barcelona Spain
Another reason we loved it here was the Pablo Picaso museum is located here.  I saw on some websites that they say to skip this museum.  I on the other hand think it’s a fascinating museum.  I think Picaso is somewhat of a sick freak and one of the room in particular will verify this, but other than that one room it’s great. (Keep this in mind when taking children here. If you are a prude American like me, then you will not want your kids seeing that room!)

Picaso Museum Barcelona Spain
Picaso Museum Barcelona Spain
We enjoyed the off beat feel and the randomness. It’s obviously a tourist area, but it did not have a touristy feel.  We saw these little statues on the way to the Picaso Museum outside of a store.

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Gothic District Barcelona Spain

Where to Eat in Barcelon’s Gothic Quarter

Cat Bar – Despite its feline-themed moniker, Barcelona’s Cat Bar isn’t home to any cats. Instead, this small, five-tabled establishment focuses on creating top-level vegan burgers and serving local craft beers. Located on the fringes of Barcelona’s much-loved Gothic Quarter, this unpretentious, bustling bar is a must-visit for anyone who loves quality, plant-based food and adventurous beers. Depending on the day of the week, there are also live piano free-for-all performances.

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Gothic District Barcelona Spain

I can’t wait to take my kids to Barcelona someday.

In conclusion, the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona is a treasure trove of history, culture, and stunning architecture that captivates every traveler, especially families. As you wander through its narrow, winding streets, you’re transported back in time, surrounded by the rich history etched into the ancient buildings and cobblestone paths. The area’s unique blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy makes it an ideal destination for families seeking both educational experiences and fun.
 
From the awe-inspiring Barcelona Cathedral to the bustling markets and quaint shops, there’s something to intrigue and delight visitors of all ages. Remember to pause in one of the lovely squares to soak up the atmosphere and perhaps enjoy a gelato while your children play. The Gothic Quarter isn’t just a place to visit; it’s an experience to be lived, a chapter of your family’s travel story that will be recounted for years to come. So, pack your bags, bring your sense of adventure, and step into the enchanting world of the Gothic Quarter – a place where every corner tells a story, waiting to be discovered by you and your loved ones.

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