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Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Barcelona’s character is evident everywhere the alleyways take you, from the bars and shops, to the balconies above.

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Just off the wide and touristy Ramblas, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is treasure just waiting for you to discover.

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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.



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    Michael Huxley
    July 6, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I love Barcelona, and one of the best experiences there for me was wandering around the back streets and getting a little lost while exploring. Great shots.
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    Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru
    July 7, 2015 at 8:03 am

    We really enjoyed a day of touring the Gothic Quarter, and of course then I had to read “Cathedral of the Sea” and “Shadow of the Wind.” Both just excellent. I was envious of our tour guide who is an expat living in the Quarter. What an experience that must be.
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    July 7, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I have read many of Zafon’s books. He does paint an interesting side of Barcelona, though I must say I find that his writing has lately become so obvious and predictable that I have opted for other writers.
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    Natasha Amar
    July 7, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I loved Barcelona and spent most of my time getting lost in its alleys and backstreets. I spent more than one afternoon wandering around in the Gothic Quarter and I know I’ll do the same the next time I visit. The city has so much character, it’s hard not to fall in love!
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    Bruno Barroso
    July 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    El Gotic is THE place I recommend to visitors coming to Barcelona.
    I live here and it’s still one of the few places where the authenticity of the city is still visible. It’s charming, it’s unique and it’s the narrow streets make a great walk in hot summer days.

    Hope you enjoyed Barcelona!
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    July 8, 2015 at 6:17 am

    My favorite thing to do when traveling is just wander the streets and alleys — both for photo-taking and for getting a feel for the area!
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