Things to do in El Raval

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  • Karmen R
    Santa Cruz, CA27 contributions
    An amazing adventure of fresh produce, nuts, chocolates, fish, and cooked food.
    You can spend several hours at this place and still want to h CB one back for more.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • EnBuMe
    Barcelona, Spain7 contributions
    It is a beautiful palace and if you visit other masterpieces of Gaudí in Barcelona, you will see that is an architectural lab for other famous buildings of the architect.
    What is most amazing of the building are the doors details, the stained glasses, the chapel, and the ceilings. The roof is also very interesting, how Gaudí experiments with 'trencadís' and the chimneys which you can see similar shapes to 'Sagrada Família' towers or 'la pedrera'.
    A very recommended visit to see other creations of the architect.
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • Vladimir Melyakov
    Rockville, MD4 contributions
    Beach is crouded but close to Gothic quarter and city center. Water is amazingly clean. There is a place to change clothes
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia22,692 contributions
    The statue of Columbus symbolically completes the Rambla walk. However, I always do this after 9 PM, so I never visited the observation deck inside the column. Why does Columbus stand in Barcelona? Because his two remaining caravels, Pinta and Niña, returned to Spain in Barcelona, landing in Lisbon on the way. The monument itself was opened in 1888 in honor of the upcoming 400th anniversary of the discovery of America. Spain, which had already lost almost all the colonies in Latin America except Cuba, invited king Umberto I of Italy (the birthplace of Columbus) and President Cleveland of the United States to the celebration. 10 years after the short-lived war, the United States will take Cuba from Spain. The 7-meter-high Columbus by sculptor Raphael Atche points to the sea with the index finger of his right hand. However, the finger points not to America (it is behind), not to his native Genoa (it is on the left), but to Majorca. The message can be understood as follows: take the nearest ferry and after Barcelona to the Balearic Islands. What about Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, Columbus, eh?
    Written 5 December 2020
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  • Wedrus L
    76 contributions
    Sooooo busy but definitely nice to visit if you’re in spain we went here during the summer but we had to wear masks and it was super hot that made it less fun
    Written 8 November 2021
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  • Carol A
    Potton, UK337 contributions
    Fortunately a friend recommended this place as we have been past on tourist the buses before and ignored it.

    A stunning array of buildings giving a wonderful insight into how the sick were cared for not that many years ago. The wards are amazing with all the tiling and brightness, unlike our current hospital wards.

    The audio tour could have been more co-ordinated as once you get outside the main building it’s confusing, with the pavilions being similar, to pick out which one the commentary is referring to. As a result I found the audio to be repetitive.

    Amazing buildings and theory about what helps the sick recover. A very enlightening tour.

    Well worth the entrance fee.
    Written 10 March 2022
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  • gefilte63
    Beachwood, OH600 contributions
    We came here late on a Tuesday night after dinner and it was packed. We walked from the far end all the way to Plaza de Catalunya. Great people watching. Lots of shops, restaurants, bars, etc.
    I understand why there are warnings about pickpockets. Keep an eye open and pockets empty; I used a neck wallet.
    I would recommend this to anyone visiting Barcelona just for the experience of it all.
    Written 30 May 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,453 contributions
    If you are on a tight itinerary, then this isn’t a must-see but if you have some extra days to explore, then it’s an interesting diversion. It’s a little pricey for a small museum (€10) but they have free entry on Sundays after 3pm.
    The star attraction here is a full size replica of the Royal Galley, built 1568. The best bit without a doubt, is that you can actually walk onto it.
    It’s pretty impressive – 60m long with 2 masts and 50+ oars, 3 golden lanterns at the back and a golden figurehead of Neptune riding a dolphin at the front. Neptune holds a trident above his head and his arm is poised, ready to strike.
    The flagship galley was part of the Fleet of the Holy League and fought in the Battle of Lepanto, defeating the Ottoman Empire in 1571. The battle was a huge turning point in history and effectively saved Europe from Turkish expansion.

    Although I don’t have any special interest in maritime history or boats, we easily spent about 2 hours here. I thought they did several things very, very well.

    Firstly, they did a really excellent job of providing information that was presented in an informative and appealing way. Large panels with diagrams and pictures made the information accessible to both children and adults. I was fascinated/horrified by the panels that described the life of a galley slave. Rowers only survived for about 2 years. They spent this miserably short time chained to their bench, where they were exposed to the burning sun and elements and rowed, ate and slept, covered in their own faeces and urine. Two years would have been two years too long.

    The other thing they have done incredibly well is designing the museum space within the original 13th century Royal Shipyards. Inside, they have created an open, modern space for the exhibitions but have retained the high ceilings and rounded arches of the original structure. The building is like an exhibit itself. As you walk around you are reminded that this was a working building for over 700 years. This was where the Spanish ships were built, maintained and repaired in the days of galley warfare, when the Spanish fleet was the best in the world.

    Apart from the galley, the other displays range in level of general interest. There are small collections of maps, navigational instruments, figureheads and ship standards which I found interesting and again, the displays were well-supported by signs and information. Some displays were less interesting such as the history of luggage.

    The museum is only a minute or two away from the Port Vell waterfront. It's a great location to go and get something to eat or drink. We headed over to Maremagnum and had lunch at Tapa Tapa, where we could sit, looking out over the harbour. Later we went for a long, leisurely walk around the waterfront promenade and checked out the modern boats and luxury yachts.

    FREE ENTRY: On Sunday, between 3 – 7pm, there is no entry fee. You still need to get a ticket to go through the turnstile so you might have to line up at the counter where they will give you a free ticket. We arrived some time just after 3pm and there was no queue at all. However, when we left around 5pm-ish, the queue stretched outside the door.
    HOURS: Open 10 – 8pm every day (although I believe that they are now closing on Mondays)
    FACILITIES: There is a large café, a gift shop and bathrooms which can all be accessed without having to pay and enter the museum.
    Written 8 August 2020
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  • Carol G
    Bristol3 contributions
    Lovely building that was originally a factory, and now hosts great exhibitions. At the moment, there is a highly recommended modernism exhibition.
    Written 26 October 2020
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  • John W
    Douglas, UK2,001 contributions
    English National Ballet on tour with the Akram Khan version of Giselle.

    Last stop off before Tamara Rojo leaves as artistic director and moves to Houston.

    Tamara danced Giselle.

    It’s a fusion of classical Western and Bengali dancing, Ballet mets Bollywood. Some original score, lots of modern.

    Costumes are monochrome greys and sepia.

    The mobile hydraulic back wall plays a big part.

    Crowd scenes are excellent. Stage patterns good. The Willis are amazing with their staffs.

    Great seats, unobstructed view. Orchestra of the Liceu fantastic.
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • KewKew11
    New York City, NY34 contributions
    Authentic market experience away from the "main" one. Love the slower paced, less crowded option. The food is just as delicious! The city has some 40 markets, and strolling through for daily offerings are a way of life, definitely something worth experiencing when in town!
    Written 26 February 2020
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  • Jana C
    Prague, Czech Republic4,446 contributions
    You can find this fat cat not far from La Rambla, it is by a famous Colombian artist who has his work all over the world.
    Written 20 March 2022
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  • Simonjenglish
    Cala d'Or, Spain16 contributions
    A must see attraction.
    World heritage site.
    Lots of Art Nouveau
    We booked a guided tour on arrival.16 euro with a discount found in most tourists maps
    Our Guide Pedro was very enthusiastic and explained in great detail the old hospital and history of the place.
    Great stories of this great building and the life of the hospital.
    The tour was well worth the money and lasted just over an hour. We were then free to enjoy the site on our own.
    The architect was a genius of his time and Gaudi’s teacher.
    The cafe was great and a good price .
    Overall not to be missed . Enjoyed this more than the familia.
    Thanks Pedro .
    Written 16 September 2019
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  • tamsintinkeroo
    London, UK62 contributions
    The building is spectacular, full of light and very airy. The art on show won’t be to everyone’s taste but it was exactly right for me and I found both of the shows that were on to be very interesting. The second floor had nothing on at the time I visited, which was a shame because I would have loved to spend more time looking around. I would definitely return in the future.
    Written 2 October 2021
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  • Ash C
    1,125 contributions
    Great port. Loads to do and the cruise terminals are some of the best we visited. So efficient on embarkation and disembarkation. Shop was very good and staff all very friendly
    Written 19 January 2020
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