Modern art & architecture in Spain: new travel show video! Gothic Quarter shopping in Barcelona.

skull cut out white dress

There’s no better place in the world to wear a skull cut-out dress… than the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.

My filmmakers and I got to explore this fascinating neighborhood, thanks to Visit Spain and Eurail. As we walked through the narrow streets, we came across Star Wars stormtroopers, twee murals, and retro indie fashion.

spain tourism travel video commercial

But first, as my speech balloon indicates… Our Spain travel video is out today, on Business Insider Travel!

From Las Ramblas in Barcelona to the Alhambra of Granada, watch as I dive into the country’s art and culture.

Produced, filmed and edited by Borderless Media. I’m always amazed at how they capture our adventures and make them come to life.

Please take a moment to watch our Spain tourism video above, on Business Insider, and on @LaCarmina YouTube.

spiderweb cobweb goth dress print

Perhaps you’re eyeing my outfit of the day. I adore this dress from Pretty Attitude Clothing, featuring a white cobweb print, lace skull cut-away back, and dangling bell sleeves.

My necklace is from an LA company, Vidakush Jewelry. The pendant is the word “universe” in Sanskrit.

Plaça Reial, barcelona famous square

Most tourists start at Las Ramblas, the main shopping street of Barcelona that holds the famous market (Mercat de La Boqueria, or St Joseph’s Market). It’s worth checking out Ramblas, but I found it too tourist-driven and commercial for my taste.

cool underground street art murals spain

Instead, I encourage you to explore two of my favorite Barcelona neighborhoods: El Raval (see my travel guide here), and the spooky-named Gothic Quarter.

gothic quarter square, royal plaza

To get to the Gothic Quarter, you can start at Plaça Reial square near Las Ramblas, and keep on walking east.

This grand, “royal” plaza was designed in the 19th century, and features lanterns by Gaudi. Many people meet up at Placa Reial, and the atmosphere is especially abuzz at night.

El Barri Gòtic stone walls

We wandered into the El Barri Gòtic, the center of old Barcelona. Many of the walls and buildings date back to Medieval times, or even further back when the Romans occupied the city.

art nouveau balconies barcelona

The Gothic Quarter is famous for its narrow, labyrinthine, cobblestone pathways. It’s great fun to stroll around, and take in the stone walls and art nouveau buildings on the way.

gothic quarter street art

Similar to El Raval, there’s an artistic, indie feeling to this district. We spotted cheeky street art on the century-old walls.

barcelona graffiti, hipster doors

These old-fashioned Roman door knockers got the graffiti treatment, next to a striking mural that makes use of the doorway as a canvas.

spain gothic quarter shopping

The Gothic Quarter is my favorite area for shopping. It’s filled with quirky, independent local boutiques — especially on the street Calle Avinyo.

spanish home design lighting stores

Instead of commercial brands, you’ll find innovative design shops. Like this one, which lets you customize your own lamp from a rainbow of colorful balls.

basketball lights lamps

The artists turned unexpected materials, such as basketballs, into hip lighting fixtures. 

picasso modern portrait painting

We popped into artisan shops that sold handmade purses, crafts, and other design objects. I think Spanish Cubist artist Picasso would be pleased with the creative scene here.

stormtroopers fashion mannequin

The Force is alive and well… in the Gothic Quarter! This clothing shop paid homage to Star Wars. 

star wars clothing fashion, storm troopers

Have you ever seen Stormtroopers looking so fabulous?

vintage retro clothing stores barcelona

I spent the afternoon browsing Spanish retro and vintage fashion boutiques. Their items are one of a kind, and not expensive.

barcelona fashion blogger, shopping

My Pretty Attitude lace dress would fit right in with the cool fashion found here.

hip design art galleries barcelona

With an edgy creative culture and skull street art, the Gothic Quarter lives up to its name. 

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And now, we have to say “adiós”… because this is my last post about Spain, at least until I visit again! If you missed my previous stories about Barcelona and Granada, see them all here.

Gracias for watching our Spain travel video here!




  1. Jessica
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    So happy to see so many positive feedbacks about Spain!

  2. Sandro
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    beautiful dress and photossssssssssss

  3. Massi
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    i want to work with you soon pls

  4. YayTravel
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    WOW! Spain!

  5. ropey
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 8:49 pm | Permalink


  6. Isal Style
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    U are so cute :D loving your hair <3 and the picture of course :DD

  7. Crissy
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    This might be one of my favorite dresses on you I covet this!

  8. Johan
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Damn, that’s a nice photo.

  9. Mariana
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Que linda!

  10. Tokyo drew
    Posted March 16, 2016 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    I ❤️ The Spain video.

  11. Damian
    Posted March 16, 2016 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    nice to hear that you enjoyed traveling with us! Spain is truly an
    amazing country, and I see that you really made the most of it smile emoticon Cheers, Damian

  12. El Palauet
    Posted March 16, 2016 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    You’re welcome!

  13. lacarmina
    Posted March 16, 2016 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for watching!

  14. Peperocini
    Posted March 16, 2016 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    wow love ur dress! hyped<3

  15. Lindworm
    Posted March 16, 2016 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    oh wow that looks so amazing <3 just like a sugar skull :D

  16. media m
    Posted March 16, 2016 at 11:12 pm | Permalink


  17. JESSi
    Posted March 16, 2016 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    love this photos and videos.

  18. Ed
    Posted March 19, 2016 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    this be FINE

  19. SW
    Posted March 19, 2016 at 8:48 pm | Permalink


  20. Cebu Booking
    Posted March 20, 2016 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Cebu is one of the greatest places online!
    I stay there for some months every year and i hope to see you soon there in some great hotels in Cebu


  21. Robert
    Posted March 23, 2016 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    The dress and the pose are wicked, I always enjoy your great videos.

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