The Heart of Downtown Barcelona

Welcome to Gòtico

El Gotico Barcelona (also known as the Gothic Quarter, Barri Gòtic, Barrio Gótico, Etc...) is the city's oldest neighborhood.  Gotico Barcelona is the nucleus of the Old City (aka Ciutat Vella) and it gets its name from medieval times.  Also situated in Ciutat Vella are El Raval, Barceloneta, La Ribera, and El Born.  Situated to the left of Las Ramblas (if you are facing the sea) the Gotico runs all the way over to Via Laietana, and from Plaza Catalunya all the way down to Paseo Colón and the harbour.

Gotico Barcelona is the underground well from where the city draws its magic and is certainly one of the most popular and tourist-centric neighborhoods of Barcelona. The narrow streets, bustling vibe, and excellent bars and shopping have the ability to lead you around a corner, and then another one, and then lose you completely.  Home to the über-famous "Las Ramblas", Gotico Barcelona is not only the oldest zone but also the most historically rich.

Thought to be first conquered by the Romans, in about 15 B.C., Gotico Barcelona has changed quite a bit over time through the Medieval ages, especially during the 18th and 19th Century. Over the years Barcelona grew up and around it, and today marks the true centre of the city.


The neighbors

Your typical downtown fare from business execs, to erasmus students, to the homeless sleeping on the streets and everything in between.

What to expect

A little dirtier, a little louder, and a little crazier than most neighborhoods. Lots of tourists.

Lifestyle

Everything goes. Fast paced and eclectic, there's something for everyone in the Gothic.

What not to expect

Don't expect a quiet relaxing neighborhood. The gothic quarter is for city slickers.

The market

Lots of movement. The Gothic is the most central part of the downtown, borders las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya so it's great for investment properties and people looking to be centrally located.

You'll fall in love with

The streets and architecture could make your jaw drop. There are buildings here older than many countries, and even Roman ruins.


Pros

SO much going on in this neighborhood, and extremely culturally and historically rich.

Very central and well connected by all forms of transportation.

Excellent nightlife, restaurants, and great small streets to explore Gotico's hidden gems.


Cons

This is as downtown as it gets, so the streets are often dirty, crowded, and loud.

There is quite a bit of petty theft going on, so you need to be very aware.

Living-wise, buildings tend to be old and run down, and apartments on the smaller side. Of course you can find large renovated flats too, but those come at a premium.




Location


Nearby Transportation

Market snapshot


Rent

14€ M2

Average price per m2

On average, Gótico is

12.2%

More than other
Barcelona neighborhoods

Sale

3700€ M2

Average price per m2

On average, Gótico is

10%

More than other
Barcelona neighborhoods


Market Explained

Living in the Gotico is not for everyone, and usually people either love or hate it.  If you're a real city slicker and love the hustle and bustle of living in the thick of it, and everything that goes along with that, then this is hands down the best neighborhood for you. If you like a little more peace and quite, don't like seeing hords of tourists all the time, or living in a labyrinth of dark winding streets, than you should try another neighborhood.

Pricing tends to be pretty reasonable on rentals in Gotico Barcelona.  For a 1 bedroom, you're probably looking at about 700-1000€.  The flats in Gotico tend to be smaller, but this is not always the case.  In order to get a terrace or attic, something with natural light, and especially anything renovated, you will pay a bit of a premium.  We suggest not living directly on or too close to Las Ramblas as people usually get sick of its chaos quite quickly.


















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