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Areas and barrios of Barcelona guide

Barcelona areas and barrios

If you are planning to visit Barcelona for a holiday, vacation or perhaps for Barcelona business, knowing more about the different areas within Barcelona can be advantageous.

Where for example are the main tourist areas, where are the exhibition and conference venues, where is the best area for the beaches, where should you head for the best shopping or best restaurants? Below a brief introduction and then link to each area profile.


1. Las Ramblas, Barcelona - is one of the areas you will most likely here about the most when researching areas in Barcelona. This is a tourist area and located perfectly for the beach. Read more about Las Ramblas in Barcelona.

2. Barceloneta runs alongside part of the main beach and is a great area for going to the beach every day. Read more about Barceloneta in Barcelona...

3. El Borne barrios - is another lovely area to be located if you are staying in Barcelona for a few days or week or two . Learn more about the El Borne area in Barcelona.

Barceloneta beach area4. Poble Nou is a good and quite central location and one which you hear of less often than Barrio Gotic, Las Ramblas and Barceloneta. Learn more about the Poble Nou area of Barcelona....

5. The Barrio Gotico quarter area (also called El Barri Gòtic) is a very popular area close to transport, the beach and Las Ramblas and is an excellent area in its own right. Read about the Barrio Gotico area...

6. Villa Olimpica is one of the top areas of Barcelona and is an area you will almost have been or will find yourself walking through if you visit Barcelona. Located by las Ramblas, the marina and the beach this is one of the key areas. Learn more about the Villa Olimpica area...

7. Montjuic is a location which gives you an excellent view of Barcelona as a whole, with the area set on top of a hill and overlooking the city and the marina and port. Read moe about Montjuic.

El Raval - El Raval is located on the other side of La Rambla.  The neighborhood is diverse and populated with immigrants.  Attractions in El Raval include the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) and Gaudi’s Palau Güell.  Although efforts to clean up El Raval have been ongoing for the last couple of years, tourists should still be wary of the seedier parts, which are often home to prostitutes and thieves.

Poble Sec - Located between El Raval and the base of Montjüic, Poble Sec is a quiet and more residential neighborhood.  Poble Sec has cute bars, restaurants, and family-friendly parks.

Barcelona Sants - In the lively neighborhood of Barcelona Sants is Plaza España which displays a fountain show at night.  The Nou Camp Football stadium, home to FC Barcelona, is also located in the Sants neighborhood.

L´Eixample - The Eixample neighborhood is the largest and safest neighborhood in Barcelona.  It includes many of Gaudi’s most famous architectural works, such as La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Casa Batlló. 

Gràcia - The Gràcia neighborhood, located above Eixample is charming and still feels like a traditional Spanish barrio with plazas and quaint cafés.  Gaudi’s Park Güell is located in the Gràcia neighborhood.

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