Barcelona is now a multicultural city, people come to Barcelona for weather, sea, and beach, but now also for partying and visiting a very richly cultured city. And that is why Barcelona became one of the most visited cities in Europe.
If you plan to visit Barcelona, here is a little guide of the different districts of Barcelona:
Gothic district :
This old neighborhood, in the heart of the Catalan capital, is a must for all travelers to Barcelona. The Gothic district is the historic heart of Barcelona. Built on a site chosen by the Romans, the city is named at that time Barcino.
Then, Gothic art replaced the Romanesque and then a lot of buildings have been built. The district has preserved the architecture. The Gothic cathedral is a perfect example.
What to do in Gothic district?
- Cathedral La Seu
- The suspended bridge
- La Plaza Real
- La Plaça del Pi
- History Museum of the City of Barcelona
El Born :
Located at the eastern Gothic district, to the other side of Via Laietana, is a maze of old narrow streets lined with Gothic churches, tapas bars and other trendy restaurants. In the El Born district you will find some of the most famous museums like the Picasso Museum.
In medieval times, the area was the commercial heart of the city thanks to its proximity to the port. Rich merchants were then erected beautiful houses and palace which can still be seen today.
What to do in El Born?
- Santa Maria del Mar church
- Paseo El Born
- The Catherine Market
- Palau de la Musica Catalana (or Palace of Catalan Music)
- Picasso Museum
- Ciutadella Park
Barceloneta is former fishing district of Barcelona but it has changed over years and especially since the 1992 Olympic Games.
The municipality still wanted to keep all the old buildings in the area while developing in a modern way all public spaces and created the beach.
What to do in Barceloneta?
- The statue designed by Rebecca Horn, “Homenatge in Barceloneta”
- Barceloneta is the perfect place for sunbathing and the area is also lively in the evening.
- We can also come and enjoy a drink before going out at night.
- The walk on the seafront to the Olympic Port is a must!
El Raval :
El Raval is a district full of history, cosmopolitan and traditionally poor. At the bottom of Las Ramblas and not far from Montjuic, it is in the heart of downtown. The streets are semi-pedestrianized and making them perfect to strolling. The area has greatly transformed in recent years. It has become a popular neighborhood frequented.
What to do in El Raval?
- MACBA, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona
- Hospital de la Santa Creu
- Guell Palace
- Rambla del Raval
- Sant Antoni market
- Boqueria market (see previous article)
The Olympic Port:
Before the 1992 Olympics, the beach do not exist, neither did the boardwalk, La Ronda Litoral and the buildings that housed the athletes during the Olympics. But it has changed, now we can go to the beach, walk on the seafront, eat seafood or paella facing the Mediterranean Sea.
The Mapfre Tower and the Tower of the Hotel Arts are symbols of the neighborhood. The two towers are visible from throughout the city of Barcelona and facing the sea.
What to do in The Olympic Port?
- The Tower of the Hotel Arts
- The Mapfre Tower
- The gold fish designed by Frank O. Gehry
- Casino of Barcelona
- The Ciutadella Park
- The Zoo of Barcelona
L’Eixample means ‘extension’ in Catalan. The district was born in 1860.
Initially, this new district was chosen by the rich Catalan industrial bourgeoisie to build modernist buildings, in order to make the Eixample district of Barcelona to have the largest concentration of buildings from this period.
Walking in the neighborhood, it’s like visiting a giant museum on Modernism.
What to do in Eixample district?
- Passeig de Gracia
- La Casa Milà or La Pedrera
- The Fundació Antoni Tàpies
- La Casa Battlo
- La Sagrada Familia
(see the article : La ruta del Modernisme)
The Montjuïc district :
The area of Montjuic was significantly marked by two important events in Barcelona, the first being the Universal Exhibition of 1929, and the second one was the 1992 Olympic Games.
Results: the area is suitable for a walk, as many tourist attractions are worth visiting.
What to do in Montjuïc district:
- The National Palace
- The Fountain of Montjuic
- The Castle of Montjuic
- The Fundació Joan Miro
- The Montjuic Botanical Garden
- The Barcelona Olympic Stadium
- The Poble Espanyol
Gracia district :
Gracia was formerly a village outside Barcelona. This is why its inhabitants claim some pride. Young artists, students but also pensioners make up the population of the district, a surprising but intriguing mix.
Here has no wide avenues but the famous Park Guell is not far!
What to do in Gracia District:
- Casa Vincens
- Plaça del Diamant
- Plaça de la Virreina
- Plaça de la Revolucio
- Marcat del Abaceria Central
- Plaça Rius i Taulet
- Plaça del Sol
- Mercat de la Libertat
Poblenou district :
Formerly, the Poblenou area was a swamp similar to those we can see a few seconds before landing at the airport. Then factories were gradually installed during the 20th century. The metamorphosis of the neighborhood has really begun during the preparation of the 1992 Olympic Games.
Some factories have been rehabilitated for housing. Others were destroyed, leaving over the years up to office towers, hotels and modern housing trends.
What to do in Poblenou district?
- La Rambla del Poblenou
- Beaches of Bogatelle and Mar Bella
- The Agbar Tower
- Shopping centers: Diagonal Mar, or Glories.
- Plaça de Prim