BARCELONA BY NERI
Barcelona is a fascinating and welcoming destination, with a climate that makes it possible to enjoy the city all year round and a geography offering the seaside, the mountainside, or both at once. It has all the charm of an eternal city, with its many centuries of history: Roman, Medieval, Gothic, Modernist... Because of its architecture and art, its mix of cultures, religions and races, a visit to Barcelona is an impressive adventure.
To visit Barcelona from the Neri hotel, is to visit it from the very heart of the city, right in the middle of the Gothic quarter, surrounded by history, museums, art and culture.
From the Neri, on foot, you can access many unique corners where time seems to have come to a standstill.
From the Neri, on foot, you can walk to the seaside and enjoy the views of one of the most beautiful ports in the Mediterranean.
From the Neri, all the leisure, art and people of Barcelona are on your doorstep.
The Gothic Neighborhood is part of the the Ciutat Vella district. It is the oldest quarter in the city, and its historical centre. The Roman roads Cardus and Decumanus are the historic axes of the upper part of the quarter, the old Monte Táber (Plaza Sant Jaume). Also comprised of the following areas with personalities of their own: Call, Santos Justo y Pastor, Santa Maria del Pi, the Cathedral, Santa Ana, La Merced and the Palau.
A walk along this boulevard is the best way to breathe in the essence of Barcelona. The scenes along Las Ramblas are varied: People of all ages and social extractions taking a leisurely walk, many flower, fruit and bird kiosks, the shoe polisher, the Canaletes fountain (where one must drink "to become a Barcelonés"), street theatre, shopping arcades, cafés, terraces and theatres.
The Cathedral, a true Gothic jewel, was started in 1298 and took over 600 years to complete. The main part of the Cathedral is from the 15th century, occupying the site of an 11th century Romanic church, which had in turn replaced an 8th century mosque, which had in turn occupied the site of a 4th century Paleochristian Basilica built on the site of the Temple of Augustus, dating from the 1st century before Christ. The spiritual centre of the city for centuries.
It has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, and has become one of the most fashionable quarters in Barcelona. It is a labyrinth of old narrow street full of tapas and cocktail bars, candle-lit restaurants and fashion boutiques. At the centre of the Born is the impressive Santa María del Mar church. On Calle Montcada there is also the Museu Picasso, with great works from the artist's youth.
Its attraction lies in it being a historic area, authentic, full of life and with a personality of its own. It is an active, multicultural quarter, with many tempting cafés, restaurants and bars. It is home to art studios, galleries and modern bookshops, as well as the stunning MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona), and the CCCB (Exhibition Centre). In El Raval, you will discover shops selling items that cannot be found anywhere else.