A walk through Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is a must for any visit to Barcelona. Getting lost in the warren of tiny, shaded passageways provides both pleasure and the experience of time travel.
There is something about the grand and, at times, slightly spooky streets that make you want to linger.
Fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafron’s The Shadow of the Wind will relish the experience of entering the streets that took shape in your imagination as you read Zafron’s words.
Zafron thoughtfully provides a walking tour map in The Shadow of the Wind, so you can follow the steps of Daniel and really treat your inner bookworm.
As you wander through the warren of winding streets, you will discover peaceful squares where people sit outside cafes and bars, shaded by umbrellas as they sip from condensation-laden glasses and share plates of tapas.
Barcelona’s character is evident everywhere the alleyways take you, from the bars and shops, to the balconies above.
Just off the wide and touristy Ramblas, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is treasure just waiting for you to discover.
If you are standing on La Ramblas with Paca de Catalunya behind you, the Gothic Quarter is to your left. To your right you will find el Raval and La Boqueria Food Market.