Why you should live in Gotico

Why you should live in Gotico

About This Area

The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) in Barcelona is a popular neighborhood that immerses residents in a historic and picturesque environment. Characterized by medieval streets, Gothic architecture, and charming squares, the area has a unique blend of culture and history. Living in the Gothic Quarter provides residents with easy access to landmarks like the Barcelona Cathedral and the Plaça Reial, contributing to a vibrant and dynamic lifestyle. The neighborhood is dotted with boutique shops, bars and restaurants, enhancing its appeal for those seeking a lively urban experience.

One positive aspect of residing in the Gothic Quarter is the wealth of historical charm, with well-preserved medieval buildings creating an atmospheric setting. The neighborhood also hosts street performers and cultural events, contributing to a lively and entertaining atmosphere. There's convenient access to public transportation, making it easy to explore other parts of Barcelona.

However, there are considerations to weigh when contemplating life in the Gothic Quarter. The neighborhood's popularity as a tourist destination means it can get crowded, particularly during peak tourist seasons, affecting the local ambiance and increasing noise levels. The limited green spaces might be a drawback for those who value outdoor activities in parks. Additionally, the narrow and winding streets can present challenges for parking, and traffic congestion is not uncommon in certain areas. Lastly, the Gothic Quarter comes with a higher cost of living compared to some other neighborhoods in Barcelona. Prospective residents should carefully consider their preferences and lifestyle priorities, acknowledging the central location and potential noise levels associated with this district.

Via Laietana
Street in Gotico
Plaça de Sant Jaume

Typical Apartment

The Gothic Quarter is home to the old and the new. The flats in this area range from classic Catalan-style buildings to renovated studios. Expect traditional tiles, plenty of Catalan woodwork (beams, door frames) and stylish, modern renovations. Either way, the central location and beautiful street views complement the stylish flats available in this area. The Gothic Quarter is another popular destination for tourists, with many flats for short-term rent and an abundance of hotels mixed in with the local residents.

What We Think

Gotico is the heart of Barcelona for both locals and tourists. This area is enchanting with quaint, narrow streets and stunning gothic architecture that really reflect the Catalan style. You can find some of the best local markets in the small squares, such as Placa Nova, in which you can buy great local food, ceramics, clothing items and more. Apartments in Gotico are smaller and cosier than in areas such as Eixample esquerra, however, you are paying less and have the amazing central location. Gotico is always improving with additions such as the newly built Soho House, an exclusive members club, as well as daily cleaning of the streets.

Getting Around

  • Metro: L4 Jaume I, L3 Liceu
  • Walk: El Gotico is at the very heart of the city, and most main attractions of Barcelona are walkable from here.
  • Distance to the Beach: 2km

AREA HIGHLIGHTS

The Gothic Cathedral

Barcelona’s Gothic cathedral was finally completed in 1913, having been in-construction since 1298. However, today the façade of the cathedral is being rebuilt due to crumbling stone, and so part of the cathedral remains a construction site. Despite this, the beautifully intricate carvings embellishing both the inside and outside of the building make it a worthwhile trip. There is a lift to the roof, situated just inside the cathedral, which offers exquisite views of the surrounding neighbourhoods. The website offers more information about how to find it and opening hours.

Museu Frederic Marès

A museum inaugurated in honour of Marès, who donated his lifelong collection of sculpture to the city of Barcelona in 1944, this museum is a wonderful illustration of Hispanic culture and history through sculptures and a collection of everyday objects. For more information about the collection, visit the website.

Els Quatre Gats

This café and cultural hub were frequented by the likes of Picasso in the late 19th century, and at the age of 17 displayed his first exhibition here. Intellectuals, well-known musicians like Isaac Albéniz and architects such as Gaudí also became regular customers, until the café’s owner died in 1908 and left the legacy to go out of business. In the 70s, three gastronomic businessmen took it upon themselves to bring the old café back to business and renovated the site with proposals for restaurant management. Find the menu on their website.

Plaça del George Orwell

This plaza is the alternative part of Barcelona. In the centre, it has an odd, post-modern structure which is surrounded by quirky bars, vegetarian and individual cafes. There is a multitude of security cameras which look out over the square to keep a lookout for any hooligans, much like George Orwell’s 1984 prediction – Big Brother.

Plaça Reial

This square is so beautiful, it’s no wonder it was named “royal”. The elegant ambiance of the Plaça Reial is accentuated by the fountain, streetlamps and palm trees, and it is one of Barcelona’s busiest, most vibrant spots, particularly at night. This is Barcelona’s best-loved porticoed square.

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Barcelona’s cosmopolitan spirit – diverse and intercultural – is shown by the fact that nearly 18% of city residents are foreigners. The city is divided into 10 districts and made up of 73 neighborhoods, filled with lots of history, culture, and plenty of fun activities for everyone. The neighborhoods are all distinct from one another, each one offering its own best features. We offer unique and different homes in some of the best neighborhoods of Barcelona; let us help you to discover your favorite neighborhood to live in!.

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