Boasting remains from Roman times, this is one of the nerve centres of the city, with ancient monuments and beautiful squares. Don’t miss the charming Plaza de San Felipe Neri or the majestic Plaza Real, just a two-minute walk from the Hotel Gaudí, where you can see lampposts designed by Gaudí. Every day, thousands of people – both tourists and locals – wander through the narrow medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter, the true soul of this emblematic neighbourhood packed with restaurants, shops and churches, such as the splendid Gothic cathedral of Barcelona and the famous Church of Santa Maria del Pi, in the picturesque Plaza de San José Oriol.
Tucked away in the old Roman walls surrounding the Gothic Quarter are the Roman Temple of Augustus and the extraordinary Plaza del Rey with its medieval Royal Palace, home to the City History Museum (Museo de Historia de la Ciudad). Another must-see is the synagogue, which some consider the most important synagogue of medieval times. Nearby is the medieval Palau de la Generalitat, seat of the regional government of Catalonia.