5 Neighborhoods In Barcelona: Where You Should Stay

From El Raval to La Sagrada Familia, these neighborhoods make exploring Barcelona easier for travelers.

Barcelona is a colorful mosaic of history, culture and art. From the bustling streets of Gothic Quarter to the breathtaking Dreta de l’Eixample, each neighborhood boasts its own distinct character, offering plenty of sightseeing opportunities for travelers. Here are five central districts that are all located near iconic landmarks to make discovering Barcelona easier.

How many days? You can stay in Barcelona anywhere from a weekend up to a full week for a well-rounded vacation.


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Step back in time and wander through the winding streets of Gothic Quarter – Barcelona’s historic center. Admire medieval architectures, discover hidden squares, and visit popular landmarks such as Cathedral of Barcelona, Plaça del Rei, and several remnants of ancient Roman walls that once surrounded this metropolis. Here, travelers can also find the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, Plaça Reial, and Barcelona History Museum (MUHBA.)

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El Raval is a melting pot of cultures, evident in its bustling streets where you can find everything from traditional Spanish tapas bars to trendy art galleries. Let’s not forget, and chic boutiques. El Raval’s bohemian atmosphere attracts artists, students, and curious travelers alike. From La Boqueria Market to Maritime Museum, many addressed can be explored in this vivacious neighborhood. El Raval is mostly recognized for its iconic nightlife and music scene, where plazas and squares are filled with lively partygoers until sunrise.

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El Born is a vibrant neighborhood bursting with history, culture and charm. This bohemian quarter is a haven for artists with eclectic boutiques, trendy cafés, and bustling markets showcasing the best of Catalan creativity. At its center lies the iconic Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, a stunning example of Catalan Gothic architecture. Travelers can also explore the Picasso Museum, Moco Museum, and El Born Center for Culture and Memory. Some of the city’s best restaurants and bars are also located in El Born, like: Paradiso, Monk Bar, 7 Portes restaurant…etc. SEE ALSO: 7 Of Our Favorite Restaurants & Bars In Barcelona

El Born Barcelona neighborhoods
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La Sagrada Familia neighborhood is a vibrant and busy area surrounding the iconic basilica designed by legendary architect Antoni Gaudí. Filled with narrow streets, charming cafés, and beautiful markets; La Sagrada Familia offers a blend of historic charm and modern flair. The most notable features are the elegant Art Nouveau-style buildings and its classy boutiques, making this area perfect for fashion lovers.

La Sagrada Familia Barcelona neighborhoods
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Situated next to La Sagrada Familia neighborhood, Dreta de l’Eixample is a wide avenue lined with palm trees. From stunning façades of Casa Batilló and La Pedrera-Casa Milà to lively squares like Plaça de Catalunya, this neighborhood is perfect for sightseeing. Here, luxury travelers can find lavish designer boutiques, cozy work cafés, and classy fine-dining restaurants to splurge on.

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Natalia Guerra

Contributing Editor

Natalia Guerra was born in Miami and comes from a Cuban background. Aside from her passion for travel writing and culinary arts, she also loves to step out of her comfort zone to live life to the fullest. Her lifestyle is being a digital nomad, working remotely as she travels the world one city at a time. Her favorite country has been Spain for its beautiful architecture and food, which reminds her of her Cuban culture.

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