For those you like to stroll and let the streets surprise you rather than plan out your trips down to the minute, I recommending allocating a half-day or more to just walk the streets of the Gothic Quarter randomly. Let each block and turn you make surprise you with cafes, museums, history (roman ruins), Churches, shops, and potentially more risque things as well depending upon where/when you go. It was extremely safe and clean when I walked alone, although it was day-time when there were other walking around. Keep a map handy as the streets are not always in a grid pattern, so you can make a quick escape to a Metro stop or main street if needed. If you start at Placa Catalunya, it is all downhill through the quarter down to the water front where you can walk parallel to catch a subway ride back up to the Placa, hotels, etc.
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