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El Raval
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Address: Rambla de Raval, Barcelona, Spain
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Nice neighborhood

Nice neighborhood in the historic center of Barcelona. There is something to be seen in it. It's a little quieter than the Gothic Quarter.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sofia, Bulgaria
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a week bicycling through the Pyrenees mountains to the coasta Brava and came back to Barcelona to casa camper Hotel in the raval district we love the Raval district. It's truly authentic, people live there, school children are playing in schoolyards. Just starting to change so so nice shops that are individually owned, some great little restaurants, street... More 

Thank John S
Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice neighborhood in the historic center of Barcelona. There is something to be seen in it. It's a little quieter than the Gothic Quarter.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

if you want to chil like a local , you should go to raval. For night and evening, its a nice choice. You can see lots of places local go and eat. And you will see what spanish people do and talk, not only tourist stuff.

Thank gezginbezginperi
Reims, France
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Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed at an Airbnb apartment in the area for a week over the New Year holidays. A simple but nice apartment in a bohemian residential suburb in Barcelona. Five minute walk, if that, to La Ramblas and close to the city centre and the beach front/marina. Reasonable tapas restaurants and other assorted cuisine. Not the safest at night, some... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

Stayed somewhere here which I won't name as it was so noisy at night. The thing is the area is full of wonderful people doing stuff night and day just living their lives. Where the area meets 5 roads is where I stayed. So close to great places such as Bocqueira market, the cat sanctuary. the institute of pharmacy and... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

A heterogeneous neighborhood.You can encounter here a lot of emigrants,some of them wearing arab traditional cloths.The central area,around Raval street is nice,picturesque.There are many adjacent narrow cobbled streets,little restaurants and pubs.After the sunset on some of this streets appear prostitutes and queer people.

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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

A nice place for a walk around the town,full of local people,small shops,few small restaurants.The giant cat was a nice suprise just out of nowhere.Worth seeing for sure and a change to more local culture.

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Lafayette, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Thirty years ago, this area was teeming with drug addicts and prostitutes. Now it is home to north Africans, middle easterners and Asians. I didn't feel threatened at all. Lots of fascinating shops to poke through.

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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Really loved our stay at the Barcelo Raval but also wandering through the district. It has some really cool vintage and record shops plus artisan jewelers and galleries. Some reviews have mentioned it felt a bit dodgy but you have to be aware of your surroundings anywhere you travel - we were with our 8 year old daughter and never... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

Over the years I have been here, this area used to be the one to stay away from if you are a tourist. It used to be laden with prostitutes and criminals and drugs. It is slowly making a change, but it's not quite there yet. It's a great neighborhood, and it's on it's way up. Visit it during daylight... More 


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El Raval
Once a downtrodden corner of downtown Barcelona, this gritty area has seen a cultural resurgence boasting an excellent nightlife and one of the most multi ethnic spots in the entire city. A sense of humble authenticity protrudes from the many independent record stores, second hand shops, and student bars that seem to light up the streets day and night. The rocking epicenter, the MACBA Plaça, is a modern day forum for bohemian youth, abuzz with the sights and sounds of late-night gatherings and talented skateboarders showing off their latest tricks.
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