Ciutat Vella
Ciutat Vella
4.5
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This fascinating area is steeped in history, with city hall located in the same spot where kings once reigned. You'll find narrow streets and squares here, with Gothic mansions, museums, historic churches, bars and restaurants. The Placa del Rei is reputedly the place where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella welcomed Columbus after his voyage to America.
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The area
Neighbourhood: El Congrés i els Indians
How to get there
  • Liceu • 2 min walk
  • Drassanes • 6 min walk
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,502 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded but Charming
    This is the oldest part of the city, now given over to tourism, which can become quite intense. The crowds can cause congestion, so be prepared to walk slowly and watch for pickpockets. But the old world charm is worth the crowds.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Kaye B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic stay
    Brilliant hotel. Clean. Staff cleaned room each day. Very friendly. It had a jacuzzi on the rooftop with stunning views. Big shout out to Carlos who was just wonderful and so helpful. Definitely recommend this hotel.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 March 2024
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,502 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oldest Neighborhood, Good Place to Wander
    The oldest neighborhood in the city where there were settlements in Roman times. Many of the buildings here are from centuries before ours, lots of history, lots of narrow streets, and a good place to wander. You will enter some big open squares where there is more air and sun.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The oldest neighborhood in the city where there were settlements in Roman times. Many of the buildings here are from centuries before ours, lots of history, lots of narrow streets, and a good place to wander. You will enter some big open squares where there is more air and sun.
Written 6 April 2024
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Kaye B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Brilliant hotel. Clean. Staff cleaned room each day. Very friendly. It had a jacuzzi on the rooftop with stunning views. Big shout out to Carlos who was just wonderful and so helpful. Definitely recommend this hotel.
Written 24 March 2024
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Ofer S
Rosh Haayin, Israel103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Nice place great location you can walk easy to all over the city nice breakfast
Lot of things neer you.
The jacuzzi on the roof is perfect for relaxation during the day or eavning
The bedroom is basic it is very simple place but we enjoy it
Written 23 December 2023
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retiredhaha
New Jersey2,062 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Walking through the narrow alleyways amid historic sites is quiet amazing. Plenty of cafes to take break; thoroughly enjoyed this magnificent neighborhood.
Written 10 October 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,502 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is the oldest part of the city, now given over to tourism, which can become quite intense. The crowds can cause congestion, so be prepared to walk slowly and watch for pickpockets. But the old world charm is worth the crowds.
Written 2 October 2023
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Michael R
Cumming, GA116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Fun place to have a meal or a drink just off La Rambla. Lots of restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating.
Written 2 September 2023
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MS2311
Dubai, United Arab Emirates38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The manager of reception was very helpful, accepted my comments and offered best options to make my stay better and really did, myself and my family thanks her a lot but never enough, made the Barcelona experience very nice, helped and arranged taxi to the train station, I forgot my sunglasses in the rooftop and found it next day in reception waiting for me, thanks a lot a lot a lot !
Written 22 August 2023
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,529 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The old part of the city is made up of old buildings and narrow streets, but all very well kept and clean. There are many bars and typical taverns, restaurants and neighborhood commerce. A must-see!
Written 6 July 2023
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA8,222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Great square with lots of shops and places for coffee and snacks.

My favorite in the area is 4 Cats which was Pablo Picasso’s favorite spot.

Nice place. He signed a menu on display.
Written 14 May 2023
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
There is lots to see and do in this part of the city.

We visited the busy market which was full of life and fantastic looking produce.

The surrounding streets were also full of interesting shops and eateries.

A beautiful area to while away a few hours.
Written 23 March 2023
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