Despite its name, most of the buildings framing the labyrinthine cobblestone laneways of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter date back to the early 19th and 20th centuries. The area features a wealth of dining options night and day, as well as boutique shopping, small bars and the must-see Picasso Museum on Carrer de Montcada, featuring many of the artist's better-known Cubist works.
The area doesn't really get going until around midday, so it's best to plan your afternoon and evening activities accordingly. An excellent place for lunch is La Paradeta on Carrer Comercial. This family-friendly local eatery serves up fresh seafood that you order by weight. It goes into the kitchen and comes out tasting amazing. Spend the afternoon at the Picasso Museum. In the evening, head over to the area around the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and grab a table at El Chigre, a charming tapas place serving delightful Catalan cuisine. As the night settles in, cruise the laneways exploring the many small bars sampling creative cocktails and chatting with people from all over the world.
To get to the Gothic Quarter from your hotel apartment in Sant Marti, take the metro from Marina to the Jaume 1 station.