Ciutat Vella Barcelona
Ciutat Vella Barcelona, also called Barri Gòtic, is the oldest neighbourhood in Barcelona and today it is also the most touristic area. It is not hard to understand since the astonishing architecture and the many narrow and crowded streets gives a picturesque atmosphere. In the heart of this neighbourhood you will find the mighty Cathedral situated next to a big square. Every Sunday people come here to dance Sardanas – the Catalan traditional folk dance. There are also many small and cosy squares to be found in this area.
Ciutat Vella Barcelona offers an infinite selection of bars, restaurants and cafés for every taste. The nightlife is varied and vibrant. If you happen to be in the mood for shopping you won’t be disappointed. The popular shopping street Portal de L’Angel and the smaller shops on Avinyo and Ferran will keep you busy.
Running down the centre of the Ciutat Vella Barcelona (dividing the Raval and Barri Gòtic) are the boulevards Les Rambles, popularly known as La Rambla (in singular) considering that they are constant, like a single street. La Rambla de les Flors (The Flowers Rambla) is dedicated to flower stands, another Rambla to animal suppliers (selling primarily birds), and the least expensive Rambla, hosts momentary art fairs. Les Rambles are amongst the most frequently travelled streets by pedestrians in Barcelona.
At the bottom, there is the Museu Marítim (marine museum), which narrates the history of life on the Mediterranean, including a full-scale model of a galley. The museum is housed in the medieval Drassanes (shipyards), where the ships that made Catalonia a terrific sea power in the Mediterranean were developed.
El Barri Gòtic
On the other side of Les Rambles, is el Barri Gòtic. This neighbourhood houses the Cathedral of Barcelona, la Generalitat (the Catalan federal government hall), and l’Ajuntament (Barcelona municipal government). Travellers visit this community to see Plaça Reial (a Spanish-style plaza) and to go shopping in among the tourist shops along Carrer Ferran. El Museu Picasso (the Picasso Museum) can be found in the area called el Born, within the Barri Gotic, in addition to the historical restaurant Els Quatre Gats (the Four Cats), which was a popular hang-out for artists, consisting of Pablo Picasso.
To the north of the Gothic Quarter lie the Jardins de Fonseré i Mestre which contain modernist structures housing zoological and geological collections. The nearby Parc de la Ciutadella consists of both the Parlament de Catalunya (Catalan Parliament) and the Parc Zoològic de Barcelona (zoo).
This portion of the city is often described as el Barri Xinès, or China town. It obtained this name not due to there being locals of Chinese origin, however due to the fact that it was how a Chinese city was imagined to be. Due to its previous reputation as a harmful area, the city government has actually invested in the community, consisting of the development of a pathway to the sea, the Rambla del Raval and developing advancement, including the brand-new Filmoteca de Catalunya. It has actually ended up being one of the most dynamic areas of the city. Numerous smaller ethnic restaurants might be discovered in Raval and trendy restaurants and cafés have actually been opening up. The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona) remains in this neighbourhood.