Neighbourhoods in Barcelona

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Neighbourhoods in Barcelona

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  • JRMADA
    United States3,094 contributions
    This is a beautiful area of town. The architecture is gorgeous. There are plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, shops, stores, and tourist attractions to visit here. The narrow streets and the beautiful buildings make a visit worth it.
    Written 2 December 2022
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  • kwagmeister
    Newburgh, IN1,587 contributions
    This street is all about people watching. Be aware that on Sunday many shops will be closed (the nearby Passeig de Garcia was all shut down except for restaurants which was a huge disappointment). The street is touristy…..tons of souvenir shops but here and there you will find little treasures among the (I’m being blunt now) junk. We happened to luck into a shop full of Lladro (which ships by the way) as well as a ceramics shop with a quirky but very nice owner (he’s shipping a beautiful oversized piece to us which would never have made it into a suitcase).
    Be really careful as you walk around - this area is teeming with people, some of whom do not have good intentions. We would not have felt safe at night. There are homeless people everywhere, many begging and a few who were clearly strung out. Lots of places to get some paella…but understand it is what it is….not high end.
    Written 23 October 2022
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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson17,903 contributions
    Our limited time here in El Born, (maybe half a day at most) was spent traveling between our two main objectives: the church and the museum. However, being humans with functioning eyeballs, we totally loved being immersed in the local surroundings and these were certainly every bit Medieval with a new spin on things.

    It matters less when and where we view one more umpteen instance of "the old made new again" as it is a common tune. No reason to "play it again Sam" for anyone's delight (or torment). This is one more instance of using what was there while adding a bit of a new lease on life.

    We really liked some of the fun things going on, like the balconies, the quirky and cartoonish inflatables, the alleys, and just appreciating how modern people adapt these Medieval buildings to suit their needs.
    Written 26 November 2022
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  • BDC-CityTraveller
    London, UK224 contributions
    Fabulous location, concierge was excellent, recommended great restaurants. Room was spotlessly clean, bright and airy. Perfect for a long weekend stay.
    Written 29 November 2022
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  • SFTRVLR
    San Francisco, CA1,991 contributions
    A Mediterannean beach right in the city! Incredible. This proximity to the sea makes Barcelona an even more unique city.
    Written 3 September 2022
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  • juliaandadam123
    Ashford, UK1,605 contributions
    Honestly just see it and take it all in! The Eixample area is no different and provides such architecture and atmosphere at every turn.
    Written 27 October 2022
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  • JRMADA
    United States3,094 contributions
    There is a bohemian vibe here. We walked through the neighborhood on our way back from Park Guell to our hotel at Las Ramblas, so we got to experience a bit of the neighborhood. There are lots of family owned markets and stores, and cafes and coffee shops here. Would not be my favorite place to live, but it is cute.
    Written 9 December 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia15,388 contributions
    While the Gothic quarter is the most famous in Barcelona, Ribera is likewise the similar historic district with a maze of narrow streets and alleys.
    So, don't limit yourself, but walk further down - among many local cafes, bars, restaurants,...big attractions like Basilica Santa Maria del Mar and Picasso museum await you.
    Written 14 September 2022
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia41,744 contributions
    Sants is a district of Barcelona. The hotel we stayed at during our visit to Barcelona was in this district. To us it seemed like a nice area. There are many shops of all descriptions and the large railway station, Barcelo Sants, dominates the place. There are some wide streets, some tree lined. During one of our walks around we saw a group of locals playing music and having a great time, near the station, and that was during the day! There are parks and there are also some areas which are poor. It is not a tourist area, but it has quite a few large hotels and it's a place you might go particularly if you need to catch a train!
    Written 26 September 2019
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  • aesta
    Toronto, Canada304 contributions
    We often come here to buy fish, vegetables, eggs, meat and other daily food needs. Right now, the market is being renovated so there are provisional tents from where you can buy not just food but clothes, purses, accessories, and household goods.

    The old building's architecture is a show piece and once the renovation is done, this will become another tourist destination.
    Written 22 February 2018
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  • James S
    Toronto, Canada313 contributions
    One of the two neighbourhoods bordering La Rambla is the famous Gothic Quarter. On the other side of this street is the other el Ravel. This neighbourhood isn’t quite as old as it’s neighbour nor as famous but still worth a look. We heard about it from one of the staff at our hotel, a Filipina like my wife. It made sense to take a morning and stroll through it, especially as we had planned to visit the nearby Mercat de Sant Antoni.

    While not as old as the Gothic Quarter there are still several narrow streets to wander about listening to the sounds, sights and smells of the area. In addition, parts of the area like Ronda de Paul and Ronda de Sant Antoni resemble the nearby L’Eixample District with its wide tree lined boulevards and stately buildings with their distinctive wrought iron balconies.

    It is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Barcelona. Today it is home to about 50,000 people, many born elsewhere. It has always been a neighbourhood of immigrants. Originally it was informally known as Barrio Chino or Chinatown. Now there are South Asians, South Americans, Filipinos and Eastern Europeans living here, many of whom work in the shops and restaurants of the neighbouring more touristy areas. My wife even found several Filipino business that cater to the 5,000 or so countrymen of hers that work and live in Barcelona.

    While the Gothic Quarter to the north is known as a tourist attraction, el Ravel has had another reputation. During the last century it was best known for its nightlife and clubs including many of an adult nature. With this came prostitution and crime. While many of these clubs have long since gone sadly the crime remains.

    Most travel sites post numerous warnings about going into this neighbourhood especially at night. This is probably true but I found it perfectly safe during the day if using normal precautions. In fact, I would say the absence of large numbers of tourists made it a bit safer as that meant fewer pickpockets and other similar types around due to a lack of potential victims.

    The lack of tourists also means that prices here are a bit cheaper. The shops and cafes cater more to the residents than visitors and this is reflected in their costs. While there is no great selection of souvenirs, other items are readily available and there are worse places to grab a coffee or lunch at. The el Ravel district is probably not for everyone, but then that is one of the charms of Barcelona, there is always something for every taste.
    Written 12 October 2022
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