Located in front of the sea, on one of the sides of the port, Barceloneta is one of the most unique neighborhoods in Barcelona. Its stars apples of a single building each, form a symmetrical network of corridors very peculiar and different from the rest of the city. This was a fishermen’s neighborhood for a long time, but over time it was occupied by all those people from Barcelona who want to live near the city center, but without having to endure all the noise and movement that entails. The main attraction of this neighborhood is its beach, which was enlarged and remodeled just before the 1992 Olympic Games.
Located in the center of the city, in one of the oldest and most historic sites of all of it. The Gothic quarter of Barcelona is characterized by its endless narrow streets and alleys, which intermingle with a large number of historic buildings, squares and churches that remind us of the city’s past.
This neighborhood in turn is divided by seven sectors that retain their own personality: Those that remained within the Roman walled enclosure, which takes Santiago’s square as its center. And those who were in the second belt of walls, to the Rambla, the sea, the Plaza de Cataluña and the Via Laietana.
Located to the west of the Gothic, Raval was historically a neighborhood of immigrants, with an important community of gypsy ethnicity, characteristic that it maintains until today. Nicknamed by many such as the Chinatown of Barcelona, its picturesque streets have the reputation of being one of the most dangerous in the city, although it can be traveled without problem as long as you have the basic collections as in any other big city. Due to this great cultural diversity, in its narrow streets you can see shops of all nationalities and even fashion stores and new trends. A neighborhood that gradually leaves behind its dark past, to become a favorite for tourists.
With an important cultural movement, nightlife and a varied gastronomic proposal, Vila de Gràcia is one of the most popular and active neighborhoods in all of Barcelona. It is a young neighborhood full of life, which is one of the epicenters of Barcelona leisure. Its architecture is as varied as its extension, since here there are different attractions as diverse as the clock in the Plaza de la Vila or the Casa Fuster, the Casa Vicens, the Plaza del Sol and even the Park Güell. If you visit the city during the month of August do not miss the opportunity to live in first person your Festa Major, a neighborhood party where the streets are decorated with the work done by the neighbors throughout the year.
The name of this neighborhood is translated as “widening” for being the newest part of the city. An area with wide and symmetrical streets, which differs greatly from the old town. The Eixample is famous because there are most of the art nouveau masterpieces of Barcelona, such as La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral. In this neighborhood you will find the most prestigious shops in all of Barcelona, as well as a large number of hotels and places of category.
This was an independent district of Barcelona until 1921, being the last annexation of the city. Sarria is known for being a high neighborhood, both for its location on the map and for being considered the most elegant and wealthy neighborhood. A neighborhood full of sumptuous houses, which still retains the charm of being a small and quiet town.
If we move a little away from the city center, following Gran Vía Avenue, we will arrive at Plaça España, a quiet neighborhood, full of tourist attractions to visit. The first thing that catches our attention is its old bullring, which was converted into a shopping center and from its rooftop there are magnificent 360 degree views of its surroundings. Opposite the square, is the Palau Nacional, an Art Museum located at the tip of Montjuïc. It is a very striking building and the best time to appreciate its beauty is at night when it is illuminated with the lights of the Magic Fountain, a magnificent show of dancing waters.
Located in the south of the city, between the Gothic and the port, this neighborhood of Barcelona stands out for being very active in what culture is concerned. On Calle Montcada, in ancient times a medieval street, the Picasso Museum is located, where many of the artist’s masterpieces and the Textile Museum are exhibited, which in turn has a small café with a terrace. In addition, the old Born Market was converted into a large cultural center in 2013, which has traveling exhibitions and workshops.
When you are here do not miss visiting its imposing basilica, Santa Maria del Mar, a jewel of Catalan Gothic architecture. Another important point in this neighborhood is the Ciutadella park, one of the oldest in the city, which has a certain resemblance to the Luxembourg garden in Paris.