Districts of Barcelona

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Gothic Quarter - Barrio Gótico

More commonly known as the 'old city' as it is the oldest part of the city started. This area is characterized by winding streets, hidden squares, picturesque architecture such as the gothic cathedral, nice restaurants and cafes with its unique atmosphere, making it popular with tourists.

Halfway down Las Ramblas, just opposite of Liceu Theatre, you will find the Plaça Reial which is full of restaurants, bars, terraced cafés to enjoy while you sit and take in the view.

Shopping is also great in the Gothic Quarter, from the more commercial area of 'Portal de L´Angel' to the traditional shops on 'Portaferrisa' as well as the little boutiques along 'Calle Avinyó'.

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas runs along the Barrios of the Gothic Quarter (or old town Barcelona) on one side and the on the other, El Raval, and it offers a mile of restaurants, terraces, artists and street performers. There is always life on the ramblas every hour of the day! 

At the South end of Las Ramblas you will find the port-side statue of Christopher Columbus. If you venture up towards the north end of Las Ramblas you will find yourself at Plaça Catalunya. Along Las Ramblas you will find some pretty buildings such as the Liceu theatre or La Boquería. In the Mercet de la Boqueria you can enjoy fresh and local produce that you can either take back to your chic apartment or enjoy there. There are many stalls and small cafes to enjoy tapas cooked there and then using the produce. There are also many stalls selling fresh fruit juices and fruit salads to enjoy and that also make the market full of colour. You may also come across Plaça Reial which is a square famous for its mediterranean ambiance and the various bars and clubs surrounding it.

At the North end of the Ramblas you will find Plaza de Cataluña which is widely known as the centre of Barcelona as some of the most famous streets surround it. The square has some beautiful fountains and scuptures. It is also home to many transport connections including the tourist buses, metro, trains, aerobus and many of the night buses pass by here. There are plenty of restaurants and shops that surround the square. 

Las Ramblas gives you excellent access to the very heart of the city, serviced by three Metro stops along its length making it a superb easily accessible to see the rest of the city.

El Born

El Born is another quarter of the old town, this area is close to the beach and the Parc de la Ciutadella, with good quality night life, restaurants and bars. The beach is just 10 minute walk away and as it is on the edge of the Parc Ciutadella you can easily escape and find a perfect relaxing place to enjoy in the afternoon. If you take a walk through the parc, you will find a beautiful oasis of palm trees, ponds and the beautiful 'Cascada de Gaudi' - the large fountain in the centre of the park. The Picasso Museum is also located in this area which is famous for both the building and the art work within it. You will also find the Arc de Triomf which is an important and popular monument to visit. If you're visiting the Parc Cuitadella then the Arc stands tall at one end of the avenue and you won't miss it! Parc Ciutadella is also home ot the famous Barcelona zoo which can be a great day out for all the family. 

Santa María del Mar is a beautiful cathedral also in the district of el Born. It is built with a traditional Catalan-Gothic façade and both the exterior and interior exhibit extraordinary beauty. Inside, it is also known that the spacing of the columns are the widest in Europe and so the cathedral has impressive acoustics making it home to many concerts.  

For all, El Born district can be considered the 'cool' area of the city centre, being one of the most fashionable places in the city because of its young professionals, trendy stores, cocktail lounges, etc. Among this there are many impressive medieval buildings. Most of the streets are also pedestrianised and it is a very popular area with tourists and locals.  

El Raval

The Raval has a controversial reputation being an interesting and exciting area in Barcelona, however it also has its darker side that you ought to be aware of. It's reputation is that it is not the safest or the cleanest area of the city however it is slowly changing to become a more lively and trendy area of the city that is rich in artistic culture by day, and a young and lively atmosphere by night. It is definitely the heart of the alternative scene here in Barcelona and is popular with students, hipsters and young artists. There are many quirky bars and popular restaurants up the Rambla del Raval. You can also find the MACBA art gallery and the national library in Raval. 

La Barceloneta

This is the closest area to the beach from the city centre. It is situated along the marina and beachfront. You have the beautiful beach which in summer is always full of people enjoying the long days of sunshine. It is also home to some of the beachfront clubs including Pacha, Opium and Shoko.

Attractions in this area include Barcelona's Aquarium, which is the biggest in Europe, the IMAX 3D cinema and the official museum of Catalunya to learn a bit about the capital. It is also said that this is the place to try the freshest seafood and paella as it is located in the heart of the harbour. There are many beach front restaurants and bars that should be explored and it is a desired area to live for people that want to be in the centre of the city but also live in a bright and airy apartment on the seafront. 

Eixample - Esquerra | Dreta

The Eixample district is split into two separate areas, the Eixample left and Eixample right. It is famous for being home to the majority of Antonio Gaudi’s masterpieces such as the Casa Mila, Casa Batlló, the Sagrada Familia cathedral - which is considered Barcelona's most important landmark - and Platje de l’Eixample. La Pedrera (also known as Casa Milá) has a wavy façade and is constructed by natural stone. It has a rooftop which you are able to go up and access views over Passeig de Gracia and the rest of the city. There are several exhibitions held here as well as activities and concerts on the roof top terrace. Just along from La Pedrera you will find Casa Batlló. Casa Batlló is very impressive as it is covered in small mosiac tiles of several colours that in a way resemble fish scales. There again is another roof top terrace where you will see the beautiful mosiac tiled rooftop with the view of Passeig de Gracia. 

Passeig de Gracia is also in the heart of Eixample - a fashion boulevard for all international designers and expensive brands. Along this road you will find the best luxury apartments to rent in Barcelona to make your stay in Barcelona an unforgettable experience. Eixample Esquerra is also popular among those who want to enjoy luxury in a trip to Barcelona with its trendy cocktail bars and Michelin star restaurants. It is also home to the Joan Miró park and is an area of relaxation for residents. 

Probably the most famous of Gaudi's masterpieces, and a momument Barcelona is well known for, is the Sagrada Familia. Currently the church is expected to be completed between 2026 and 2028 and is roughly 55% complete at the moment. The façades and towers are extremely impressive and both the exterior and interior should not be missed! 

The Eixample Dreta still maintains its tranquillity within a busy metropolitan life and it is ideal to rent a family friendly apartment in Barcelona. It has also maintained its reputation of being one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Barcelona and it has a good standard of living amongst upmarket bars and restaurants. 


Gracia feels like a whole different world. It was an independent town until the late 19th century. The area is popular with artists and has a generally bohemian crowd with lots of quirky bars and cafes to explore. There are also many boutique stores and independent shops which include music, interesting food and snacks and much more. Defintiely something worth checking out. There aren't many tourists there so you may feel like you have discovered a more local area where you can see a more traditional Barcelona. This area has therefore become popular with long term rentals and sales. 

'Festa Major' is held here every year during mid august time and has become one of the city's landmark celebrations. Each street competes to win the prize of being the best decorated street, it is taken very seriously and you will be amazed by the beautiful canopies that are hung above every street. There are also various concerts and shows as well as market stalls and games. 

Gràcia has 4 main metro stops: Joanic and Verdaguer on L4 and Lesseps and Fontana on L3 - you can get into the centre of the city in less than 10 minutes.

We can't forget to mention one of the most visited attractions in this area: Park Guell. The park is the work of Antoni Gaudi and is located in the upper part of Barcelona so there are some amazing views of the city. Definitely soemthing you can't miss on your visit to Barcelona.

Poble Nou

Poble Nou is an area that is very much on the rise in Barcelona since the 1992 Olympic Games. It is a desirable location as it is more or less on the beach. It has beautiful parks, innovative architecture and is well connected to the centre of Barcelona. In Poble Nou itself there is the Rambla de Poble Nou which winds its way down to the seafront from the city centre. Along this picturesque pedestrian promenade there are some of Barcelona’s typical 19th century architecture. 

Bogatell beach is also located within this district and  its white sand beaches and crystal clear water it becomes an attractive destination for both the tourists and the locals. 

For those interested in architecture, the Torre Agbar can be found in Poble Nou and is an impressive building and the third tallest building in Barcelona.

Vila Olimpica

The area of Vila Olimpica was built as a residence for athletes during the Barcelona '92 Olympic games. This is a modern and impressively designed area with easy access to Barcelona's beaches.

At Port Olimpica, you will find numerous seafood restaurants, bars and a casino as well as being home to some of the cities most popular nightclubs, including Opium and Pacha, which are situated on the seafront. Furthermore, this area has plenty of green areas among its various parks.

It is at close proximity to the rest of the city (Metro: Ciutatdella Vila Olimpica and Bogatell on L4, and the Marina on L1) as well as the beach, this appeals to families who are looking to rent apartments in Barcelona close to the beach.

Front Maritim

This is the stretch of seafront that is located between Vila Olimpica and Diagonal Mar and is sometimes considered the seafront of Poble Nou. It has some beautiful beaches that attract many tourists and locals every year. It is also home to seafron restaurants and beach clubs. It is a perfect seafront place to live and has incredible views over the Mediterranean. 

Diagonal Mar

The Diagonal Mar offers an excellent alternative to the city centre with its tranquil city beaches. The beaches are much more family orientated compared to the beaches that you will find in downtown Barcelona. It is a perfect place for those who want to escape the crowds. It is a relaxed setting in Barcelona, modern and out of town location whilst having the beach, Diagonal shopping centre and the Olympic village for entertainment. This area is considered one of the newest neighbourhoods of Barcelona and it is still undergoing transformation. Here you will find modern apartments with incredible views. Why not take a look at our luxury beach apartments Barcelona that are located in this area?

The metro stops for Diagonal Mar are on L4 and they will take you into the centre of Barcelona in 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, you can walk to Las Ramblas in about half an hour. Taxis are a cheap and easy option too.

El Poble Sec 

El Poble Sec is home to the Fira, Placa Espanya, Montjuic Hill, Poble Espanol and the Palau Nacional. Placa Espana is considered the iconic square in the heart of Poble Sec. The Fira is located in Placa Espana and is an exhibition centre that hosts shows and exhibitions throughout the year attracting more than 3 million visitors every year and hosts a total of 70 trade shows. It might be worth checking out!  

This district now offers a new shopping and leisure complex, Las Arenas de Barcelona. There are of shops, a cinema, a gym and a 360 viewing point overlooking the Placa Espana and other sights of Barcelona. It was previously a famous bullring in Barcelona and so the building itself is quite impressive. From one corner of the Placa Espana you can look up to the Montjuic Hill and Palau Nacional. It is an incredible avenue and the Palau Nacional sits at the top. On the weekends - times vary throughout the year - the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, that sits just below the Palau Nacional, hosts a spectacular music and light show which is considered a “must see” when you come to Barcelona.

The area is well connected to the rest of the city via various transport links; there are various metro stations and bus stops as well as being only a short walk from Sants main train station.


What else?

Parc Güell - If you want to complete your tour of all of Gaudi's most impressive and famous works, then you must head up to Parc GüellIt is world renowned and possibly one of the most beautiful public parks in the world. Nature was one of the biggest influences for Antoni Gaudi and so this park was a perfect creation. The park also gives you impressive views of the city that you can admire sitting on one of the mosiac benches dotted around the park. You can access the park quite easily either by taking the metro to Lesseps or Vallcarca on L3, or by catching the bus number 24 from Plaza Catalunya. You now need to buy tickets to enter the park...you might want to buy online to avoid unnecessary queuing at the park. Enjoy! 

Tibidabo - If you thought you couldn't get higher than Parc Guell, then you should check out Tibidabo, a mountain of 512 metres that overlooks the whole of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. At the top of the mountain you will find the 'Temple de Sagrat Cor' - an impressive cathedral accompanied with impressive views over the city. The cathedral is lit up at night and can be seen from nearly every place in the city. You will also find a more traditional theme park at the top of this mountain which can be a fun afternoon out for all the family! You can get up to Tibidabo by taking the L7 line from Cataluyna to Av. Tibidabo. From here, you can either take the Tramvia or the bus number 196 to the final stop where you will see the Funicular.

Montjuic - The area of Montjuic has plenty to offer. This area is located close to Plaza Espana and behind Poble Sec. It is a hill that gives you views over Barcelona and the meditarranian sea. This area is home to several important musuems including the Foundation of Joan Miró and the MNAC (Musuem of National Art of Catalunya). The MNAC is housed in the beautiful National Palace which was contrusted for the for the International Fair in 1929. It is a truly impressive building. On the steps leading up to the Palace you will see the Font Magica. As previously mentioned you have the show here every weekend. If you continue up from Palau Nacional you will find Poble Espanyol. This can be considered an open air musuem as there are collections of buildings that represent different regions of Spain. In this area you can find lots of nice restaurants, shops and bars. It also can be the venue to various festivals throughout the year so it might be worth checking out. Continuing up the hill you will come across the Estadi Olímpic which was home to the Summer Olympics in 1992. Palau Sant Jordi is up here as well and is commonly a music venue. At the top of the hill you will finally find Montjuic Castle. This is an old fortress that is built on the top of the hill for defense reasons. Throughout the site you will see old canons and beautiful gardens. Every summer it has also been the home to an Open Air Cinema. There are a couple of restaurants and bars that will give you beautiful views over the city while relaxing with a nice glass of wine. 

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