Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain
When most people think of Barcelona, they think of the city’s Gothic Quarter, El Gòtic. As the centre of medieval Barcelona, El Gòtic is responsible for the longest stretch of Les Rambles, the city’s most popular tourist boulevard. Tiny, winding streets lead to hidden plazas and endearingly cramped flat buildings whose awnings often conceal historic shops. The neighbourhood is notorious for the ceaseless tourist traffic that draws extensive attention–late-night revellers seek the clamour of clubs while late-night opportunists seek easy targets.
The charming Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gòtic, has narrow medieval streets filled with trendy bars, clubs and Catalan restaurants. The Museu d’Història de Barcelona shows remains of the Roman city. Artisans sell leather and jewelry near the Cathedral of Barcelona, while flower stalls and street-food vendors line busy avenue La Rambla. The Plaça del Pi, named after the adjacent Gothic church, hosts a weekend art market.
The church that we see in this image is the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, which is a 14th-century, Gothic-style church with soaring columns & 3 naves, plus grand stained-glass windows.
Like so many towns on the Adriatic, Monopoli's history has been thoroughly influenced by its east-facing position and its fortified sea-front walls and castle tell many a story.
Parking in or around Piazza XX Settembre, location of a colourful street market, head east towards the cathedral. To find it just look upwards and you are sure to see its elegantly conceived bell tower thrusting into the sky. Built in 1693, the tower is over 60 metres high, completely dominating the town below.