23 Jun '11, 9am

Destination of the week: Barcelona

Destination of the week: Barcelona

is a three-quarter-mile pedestrian mall lined with trees, buildings and attractions. This space is a major attraction for tourists, with most of the retail venues and shops catering as much to tourists as to locals. Nonetheless, Las Ramblas is one of the most notable examples of the walker-centered nature of Barcelona's public spaces. The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic in Catalan) is another area well suited for foot-powered sightseeing. The neighborhood features buildings preserved from as early as medieval times, as well as remnants of a wall built during the Roman Empire's occupation of Spain. The Quarter is characterized by narrow streets, many of which meander around and end in small plazas or squares. Though buses and taxis use some of the streets, many roads in the Gothic Quarter are closed off to general vehicle traffic, making walking an easy and safe undertaking. Ca...

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