The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, known as El GГіtico or Barri GГІtic, is the oldest neighbourhood in the already ancient Ciutat Vella (Old Town). The borders of Barri GГІtic are defined by La Rambla to the west, Via Laietana to the east, PlaГ§a Catalunya and Ronda Sant Pere to the north and the Mediterranean sea to the south. The Gothic Quarter retains its medieval character, evident not only in the maze of narrow streets, but also in the wide array of historic buildings, many dating back to the Middle Ages, but some built as long ago as the Roman times, when Barcelona was founded.
The Gothic Quarter naturally attracts a lot of tourism, as it is the most central area of the city with several important landmarks, such as La Catedral, PlaГ§a Reial, Santa Maria del Mar, and Las Ramblas. The labyrinth of streets is also quite picture-worthy, there are many varied shops and boutiques, and good restaurants and bars to be found, especially if you leave La Rambla to find something less touristy.