With its glorious past, Barri Gòtic (the Gothic Quarter) owes its name to the fact that it is located on the site of an ancient Roman village, rebuilt in the Middle Ages. The contrast between the ancient and modern buildings makes for an exceptionally interesting neighbourhood. As the medieval and historical centre of the city, it is a maze of narrow streets, and every corner is filled with visual treasures. Relax in one of its many quiet spots, and make sure to visit the huge cathedral, which is one of the main attractions of the area. Discover the oldest antique dealers or merchants selling feathers and umbrellas. Then have a drink and some tapas in one of its many lively bars while keeping in mind that some of the most crucial moments in the history of the city happened nearby.