Knowing your way around a city’s neighborhood is like having a key to the city. Each neighborhood has its own unique vibe, a completely different set of characters, and different activities to enjoy. Our Barcelona Locals range from born-and-raised Spaniards to student-turned-residents, and they have shared everything they have learned about the neighborhoods in Barcelona. Take a look!
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According to our Locals, the Born neighborhood is the perfect place to be if you want to enjoy authentic tapas and delicious cocktails. The neighborhood is a little on the fancier side, so it’s a wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon or evening out. Here, you will be able to see the Santa Maria del Mar, the famous cathedral built in Catalan Gothic style.
Barrio Gotica, barri gòtic, or Gothic Quarter, is a very touristy area in Barcelona. This can be a downside for some, but it does mean that it’s very busy and you can find everything you need. There are lots of narrow streets full of small souvenir shops.
The El Raval neighborhood is a multi-ethnic area full of culture, cuisine, art, bars and restaurants. Of particular interest is the MACBA, or the Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona. However, there are some seedier areas so just take care when you navigate this area at night, especially if you’re alone.
La Rambla is a beautiful tree-lined street that separates the El Raval neighborhood from the Gothic Quarter, and it runs for 1.2 km connecting Plaça de Catalunya with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. The street is full of statues, artists, museums, bars, and activities, and it's also one of the largest party strips in Barcelona, with many cocktail bars and clubs. Be aware that pickpockets know this street is a hotspot for travelers and tourist, so just keep your hand on your bag.
The La Barceloneta is one of the Barcelona neighborhoods that enjoys a rich history as a fishing town, establishes relatively late in the history of Spain. It is close to the beach and the port. Though it’s a bit touristy in some places, it’s by far the best neighborhood to go if you’re in the mood for fish or seafood.
Our Barcelona Locals shared that the Gracia neighborhood is one of their favorite places to hang out (book a connection, and maybe they’ll take you there!). Gracia is family-friendly and very safe. It has tiny streets and it isn’t touristy. Gracia is the best place out of the neighborhoods in Barcelona to go for tapas and a glass of vino tinto (red wine).
This is a great one of the best Barcelona neighborhoods to stay in, as it’s quiet, safe, and very walkable.
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