Originally cloistered by walls, the city of Barcelona was extended over the years, absorbing one by one the adjacent villages. Eventually this process generated the shape of the city, as we know it today. Nowadays you can visit the old quarters of these ancient villages that have become the main neighbourhoods of the city.

Among them are the old centres of Sarria, Sants, Barceloneta, or the old town centre of Poble Nou, one of the areas where the highest population took place. And also, of course, the Ciutat Vella, or Gothic Quarter, the original city walls.

All these areas feature preserved buildings and original buildings of their times, many of which have been carefully restored without undermining their essence. They indeed represent the valuable legacies of the past that coexist with modern and avant-garde Barcelona.

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ericBarcelona’s Old Town