After your visit, be sure to check out the Roman and Medieval walls, located near the Cathedral at Plaça Nova. These walls are relics from the time of Emperor Augustus, built sometime around the 4th century as protection from invading barbarian tribes. However, they were built upon earlier walls, so you can also get a glimpse of medieval Barcelona as well. This is especially apparent at the section of the wall at Plaça del Ramon Berenguer el Gran. On a walking tour you will see the remains of the walls and aqueducts.
Located in the Plaça del Pi, the Church of Santa Maria del Pi is an essential stop on your visit to Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. It was built between 1319 and 1391 in the style known as Catalan Gothic. The church is famous for the rose window, part of the front façade. This is actually not the original window, but an accurate recreation made in 1940 after the original was destroyed by a fire in 1936. Be sure to visit the bell tower, the highest in the city at 54 meters.
The Gothic Quarter has many Plaças, or squares, where you can stop and take in your surroundings. Don’t forget to visit Plaça del Rei, where you can get a true sense of Barcelona’s medieval past. This square is surrounded by the Palau Reial Major, or the Royal Palace. Plaça de Sant Jaume is also a great place to explore, as it is a large and open square. Here you will find the Palau de la Generalitat and the City Hall, each with intricate sculptures in their facades. Plaça de Catalunya is especially interesting as this is considered the city center, and where the old city and newer city meet. Its beautiful fountains and statues make it the perfect spot to stop and take some pictures or take a moment to relax. It is also in close proximity to many of Barcelona’s other attractions, making it the perfect jumping off point for the rest of your adventure.