Luis Cicerone of Xixerone.com shares his pictures of Barcelona during a night stroll.
A night walk around Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter or Barrio Gótico is a must for every visitor eager to experience a part of the soul of a city packed with architectural wonders, cultural gems, sunny beaches and exciting nightlife.
I tend to think every place has got a million different faces, a million feelings to be experienced.
Every time we travel somewhere, we get to see a couple, maybe a few of those faces, we get to experience only a tiny part of what makes a destination unique. Some of these traits are only shown to us when a certain trigger is activated.
A cloudy day, light rain, a special festivity, or even a recent shock could bring to the surface different personalities within the same city. London feels different when it’s sunny.
Are the places we go to at night the same we visited in the morning? They surely change. Shadows climb on walls earlier filled with light, disfigured statues mock passers-by and shady characters wander around the darkest corners of town.
The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is no exception, at night, some of the narrow streets in the neighborhood become obscure and scary, they almost seem taken from a horror book.
And although I would love to say that the whole barrio is a secluded and quiet oasis in the middle of the bustling city, I won’t lie. By night, hordes of paella-hungry tourists converge in the areas around the main sights. The Cathedral, Las Ramblas or Portal del‘Àngel avenue become crowded with visitors as well as locals.