Barcelona’s neighbourhoods are much more than mere districts. They differ in style, architecture and overall atmosphere, but most importantly, each neighbourhood is starkly unique so make sure to give each one a meticulous visit next time you’re in the Catalan capital.
Get a taste of present-day Spanish culture on La Rambla or the Gothic Quarter, or explore the traces of late 19th century fishing village in La Barceloneta.
We know for a fact this city has plenty to offer, so check out this guide to Barcelona’s top neighbourhoods.
The Gothic Quarter is the oldest part of the city – which constituted Barcelona’s centre until the 19th century – as well as possibly the most original neighbourhood in the Catalan capital.
Brimming with unique medieval charm, this part of Barcelona is full of historical monuments and museums as well as several trendy bars and restaurants.
The Gothic Quarter features some of the city’s most emblematic attractions, such as the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Barcelona Cathedral, the Church of Santa Maria del Pi, the Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp, the Statue of Sant Miquel dels Sants or the Palace of Catalan Music, just to name a few.
El Raval is hands down one of the most distinctive neighbourhoods in Barcelona, a lively, bustling hub that combines various architectural styles.
The largest and oldest part of the Old City is also a real cultural melting pot, with residents from all around the globe, which makes it perhaps one of the most electrifying spots in town!
Avid foodies will enjoy the myriad of eclectic ethnic restaurants at every turn, particularly along La Rambla del Raval, whereas museum enthusiasts can visit such remarkable spots as the MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art, the Maritime Museum of Barcelona or the Museum of Illusions.
La Barceloneta neighbourhood is perfect for a family day out. It offers not only museums, eateries and a splendid beach but is also the heart and soul of Barcelona’s night life scene.
A real highlight of this area is Picasso Museum, home to Pablo Picasso’s numerous drawings and paintings.
And if you want to immerse yourself in the underwater world of over 11,000 marine creatures of 450 species, then make sure not to skip the Aquarium!
La Barceloneta is known for its beach, an ideal spot for a host of recreational activities, including beach volleyball, skateboarding, kitesurfing and many more. There are also many tapas bars scattered around the area. What can possibly sound better than a Sunday on the beach with some paella?
If you’re after somewhere buzzy and bustling with a pinch of refinement, then be sure to explore the Eixample district. Famous for its many modernist buildings, this part of Barcelona is separated from the Gothic Quarter by Avinguda Diagonal as well as Calle Indústria and bordered by Calle Lleida on the east side and Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes on the south.
The Eixample boasts several parks, squares, schools and universities as well as the vibrant market on Plaza del Escorxador de la Llum, the Estació del Nord and the Parc Güell.
Barcelona’s Montjuïc district offers sublime views over the city as well as the sea. Montjuïc hill is home to the medieval Montjuïc Castle, one of the best viewpoints in the city.
Besides being a real treat for the eye, this part of Barcelona also features some outstanding museums, including National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Joan Miró Foundation and Poble Espanyol, just to name a few. Those after a taste of excellent Spanish cuisine should definitely check out some restaurants in this area.
The best way to explore Barcelona’s neighbourhoods is on foot, so don’t forget to bring a pair of comfy walking shoes on your visit to the Catalan capital.
And last but not least, we recommend you these tapas bars and restaurants where you can fuel up with some tasty bites and a refreshing drink.