Barri Gotic the oldest neighborhood in Barcelona is also called the Gothic Quarter. It’s a fascinating area with narrow cobblestone streets and medieval buildings and is just around the corner from the famous La Ramblas. The 13th century Gothic Cathedral is situated in this quarter. There are loads of gift shops, lively bars, cafes, restaurants and lovely squares here. It’s packed with tourists but it still remains a great neighborhood with oodles of character, charm and buzz.
The ever vibrant La Rambla is situated very close to the Gothic Quarter in the heart of Barcelona stretching about 2 km between Plaça de Catalunya and the port area. This tree-lined promenade is a great place to experience the pulse of Barcelona while strolling amidst the swarm of tourists, locals, street performers, artists and the pick pockets. Being a very tourist area it’s no surprise that the eating options here are rather over-priced and ordinary.
Eixample considered to be one of the first examples of modern urban planning is a classy area with tons of shopping, upscale boutiques and swanky homes. This neighborhood is packed with modernist architecture and great examples of Gaudi’s legendary work like apartment buildings, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and the Sagrada Familia. Relatively quieter, more residential and less lively than the city center, it’s still a great neighbourhood to experience Barcelona and soak in some sites.
In the medieval times La Ribera was a wealthy part of Barcelona, in the present time it’s a sizzling and hip neighborhood with restaurants, cafes, tapas bars, pubs, galleries and boutiques. The nightlife here, especially in the El Born area, is the best in Barcelona, while its narrow twisty streets are charming and quaint. The area is also home to the famed Picasso Museum, the church of Santa María del Mar and is a short walk away from the beach.
El Raval has come a long way since the time it was a slum and a red-light district. Now it is an area that is young and diverse with a bohemian flavor. You may find more locals than tourists here and the fact that it’s central and close to La Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya makes it attractive to tourists. It has its share of open markets, trendy bars and cafes.
Barceloneta which means ‘Little Barcelona’ is home to Barcelona’s main city beach. You’ll find some excellent seafood restaurants and sea-side shacks selling cheap food and drinks here. This area may feel a little removed from the hustle and bustle of the city but it’s a short walk away from the Gothic quarter and La Riberia. Barceloneta is a great seaside location for folks looking to enjoy the sea, sand and sun.