Barcelona Cathedral

Get to know the oldest neighbourhood of Barcelona: Apartments near the Barcelona Cathedral

  • Would you like to stay in the apartments near the Barcelona Cathedral? You can check our offer in this famous corner of this beautiful Mediterranean city! Barcelona is famous around the world for being home to one of the most important religious symbols in the world, the Sagrada Familia . But it is also the home of the Barcelona Cathedral, famous not only because of its architectural beauty, but also for the number of visitors it receives.

    The Barcelona Cathedral, with the official name of Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, is located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter , the oldest neighbourhood of the city. To arrive there, you can go through Portal de l’Àngel, which starts in Plaça Catalunya , or through the wide avenue called Via Laietana. The Barcelona Cathedral is located in front of a great plaza from where you’ll be able to take great pictures or to enjoy the improvised flea markets some days of the week. Besides, it’s right behind Plaça Sant Jaume, where you will find the City Council and the seat of the Catalan Government.

    The construction of the Barcelona Cathedral started around 1230. The legend says that it is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Barcelona, Saint Eulalia, who was a martyr during the times of the Roman Empire. There are symbols of her inside the cathedral. Even if it is thought that there were remains of an old Roman Cathedral, it was King James II who decided to start a remodelling to which was added the Gothic structure that we know today.

    The remodelling was finished only 150 years later. However, the façade isn’t still finished nowadays, and there were many elements added to it during the 20th century.
  • Have you decided to stay in the apartments near the Barcelona Cathedral? The neighbourhood where the Barcelona Cathedral is located is the oldest one in the city. Here is where the ancient Roman city of Barcino stood, and you can visit it in the Barcelona City History Museum, which is right behind the cathedral.

    The Gothic Quarter is a pedestrian neighbourhood, so there are no traffic noises. However, there are crowds of tourists, so everybody who lives there is used to being constantly surrounded by people.

    The neighbours of the Gothic district are usually young couples, retired people or students who are only going to be in the city for a while. It is usually not considered a permanent residence for most of the locals, due to this constant traffic of tourists and to the impossibility of accessing it by car.

    However, it is full of shops, restaurants and bars that allow the neighbours to do their regular activities without having to go far!
  • A few steps from the apartments near the Barcelona Cathedral you will find one of the most important shopping avenues in Barcelona: Portal de l’Àngel.

    Portal de l’Àngel is the main access to the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. The street is a constant racket due to the amount of tourists, but also because it is a shopping street. Here, you will find the main fashion brands, such as Zara, Pull&Bear, H&M, among others, as well as the department store El Corte Inglés, with 4 floors dedicated exclusively to high-quality fashion brands. There is also an official store of Futbol Club Barcelona.

    Besides, there are many shops located close to the Barcelona Cathedral that sell vintage clothes, since this is considered by many a place for alternative fashion. If you like to go shopping to places other than the tourist areas or big fashion brands, this is the perfect place to do so.
  • The Gothic Quarter, where you will find the apartments near the Barcelona Cathedral, is a pedestrian area with restricted access to traffic during several times of the day. This is why the easiest way to move around is by foot. But always with a map in your hand! The Gothic Quarter is shaped after the old medieval city and its streets can be a bit labyrinth-like.

    But you can arrive to the Barcelona Cathedral by metro. On one hand, you can stop in metro station Jaume I (L4-yellow) or Catalunya (L1-red, or L3green), from which you will have to walk for about 10 minutes to find it, to the north (from Jaume I) or to the south (from Catalunya).
  • The Barcelona Cathedral is a must-visit. Inside, you will have an excellent view of some parts of its structure. For instance:


    If you walk from the plaza that hosts the Barcelona Cathedral, in the first street to the right you will find Carrer del Bisbe. Right in this street you will be able to access the famous Cloisters of the Cathedral.

    This Cloisters will be delightful for the little ones of the family. You will be able to see a beautiful patio with palm trees, ponds and the home of 13 free gooses. In this Cloisters takes place the celebration of l’Ou com balla (dancing egg), 60 days after the Sunday of Resurrection. Tradition says you have to put an egg over the fountains of the Cloisters, which have previously been decorated for said event.

    Plaça Sant Felip Neri

    Very close to the Barcelona Cathedral you will be able to see the Plaça Sant Felip Neri, one of the most magical places of the Gothic District of Barcelona, where you will be able to feel as part of history.

    Plaça Sant Felip Neri will speak to you about the tragedy that was lived there during the Spanish Civil War. In the church of the same name in this plaza you will be able to see remains of shrapnel of a bomb that was thrown there in 1938.

    The structure of the plaza is astonishingly beautiful. It’s oval and the centre is occupied by a fountain that is romantic and magical, and that is dimly lighted during the night.
  • We can recommend 4 restaurants around the Barcelona Cathedral: Els 4 Gats, Neri Restaurant, La Dentellière and Afrodita.

    Els 4 Gats, Carrer de Montsió, 3

    This restaurant is located near the Barcelona Cathedral and very close to Portal de l’Àngel. It is a famous restaurant in Barcelona thanks to its history: This is where the most important artists gathered at the end of the 19th century, among which were Pablo Picasso and Santiago Rusiñol.

    With Modernista decorations and traditional Catalan food, it is a magical place where you should go if you like Modernista architecture.

    Neri Restaurant, Plaça Sant Felip Neri

    In the same Plaça Sant Felip Neri you will be able to taste the best dishes in one of the most exquisite restaurants of the Gothic Quarter. Located in the Hotel Neri Relais & Châteaux, the Neri Restaurant offers a Mediterranean creative menu, made with local and seasonal produce.

    La Dentellière, Carrer Ample, 26

    If you like good wine and elaborated cuisine, with dishes made with care, we recommend you to visit this restaurant.

    In La Dentellière, you will be able to eat Mediterranean food made with local and seasonal produce.
  • The Gothic Quarter sure is one of the places where to go out at night! The apartments near the Barcelona Cathedral are very close to one of the busiest plazas of the night of Barcelona: Plaça Reial.

    Plaça Reial hosts a great number of night clubs, pubs and bars where you will find a fun atmosphere during the whole night. Among them, we recommend Sidecar or Jamboree, as well as the bars a few metres from these clubs, where you will be able to have a nice cocktail before going dancing.


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