Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) is the medieval old town district of Barcelona, dating back over 2000 years to when the city was first settled. The narrow streets of the old town make it a perfect place for walking or riding in a pedicab. Be sure to look up at the detailed gargoyles and facades of the old buildings. Even sections of the old Roman wall can be seen in Barri Gotic. The city hall, the seat of the Catalan government, the royal palace, and the Barcelona Cathedral are all found in the old town. This Gothic cathedral is the main cathedral in Barcelona and should not be confused with the unfinished symbol of the city, La Sagrada Familia
, which is in the Eixample district.
La Rambla, the famous pedestrian street of Barcelona lined with shops, cafes, and markets, is on the edge of the Barri Gotic. La Rambla is packed with people, street vendors, and mimes in the evenings and on the weekends. Sitting in one of the numerous cafes and enjoying a drink is terrific for people-watching.