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Bizflats’ Complete Guide to the Barcelona Neighborhoods

To say Barcelona is a vibrant city is an understatement, with each neighborhood bringing a unique blend of culture, tradition architecture and so much more. The most popular Barcelona neighborhoods range from the city’s historic quarters to up-and-coming areas designed with the citizen in mind.

Here at Bizflats, we love Barcelona, and we want to help you get to know this city and find the right neighborhood for you – whether you’re coming here on business or pleasure. In this complete guide to the Barcelona neighborhoods, we explore the different areas of the city to make sure you don’t miss out on the culture, history and diversity each one brings.

Whether you’re looking for a jam-packed afternoon in areas bustling with tourists and locals alike or a quiet stroll along the beach, Barcelona and its neighborhoods have something for everyone.

El Gòtic or the Gothic quarter

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Arguably the most historic of the Barcelona neighborhoods, here you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in time. Discover the origins of the city and its Roman ruins at the Museu d’Història and get lost exploring the charming medieval streets lined with artisan stores and hidden bars and cafés.

The true heart of the city is also home to Barcelona’s stunning cathedral in Gothic Catalan style, the Pont del Bisbe bridge – one of the city’s most photographed spots – and Plaça Reial, a stunning square and popular nightlife spot. If you’re interested in learning more about this neighborhood, here are some other articles you might find interesting: 

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El Born

El Born is one of our favorite Barcelona neighborhoods and here’s why: picturesque squares, thought-provoking museums, traditional bars and innovative eateries, not forgetting its alternative boutiques.

If you’re looking for things to do in El Born, we’d recommend going to a concert at the Palau de la Música concert hall to experience this modernist gem in all its glory. The Basilica Santa Maria del Mar is one of the city’s oldest churches with stunning stained glass windows, and makes for the perfect afternoon plan.

If this sounds like your kind of neighborhood, we have some great articles to help you plan your visit: 

Eixample Dreta and Eixample Esquerra

This expansion district has become synonymous with Barcelona. We can’t get enough of its stunning architecture, wide avenues and sophisticated vibe. This Barcelona neighborhood spans north of Plaça de Catalunya, encompassing Passeig de Gràcia – with either side being referred to as ‘Right’ (Dreta) and ‘Left’ (Esquerra).

This extensive neighborhood has something for everyone, from shopping for the latest luxury brands, discovering art at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, or marvelling at masterpieces by Antoni Gaudí – including Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and the Sagrada Família.

Gràcia

One of the most charming of the Barcelona neighborhoods is Gràcia: once the holiday destination of those who lived in the centre of the city, this small village was eventually engulfed by the metropolis and now forms part of it.

Explore this Barcelona neighborhood on foot to soak up its village atmosphere and enjoy its pretty squares. It’s also home to Gaudí’s first project: the summerhouse of Casa Vicens, and it’s also within walking distance of the marvellous Parc Güell. Check our our article with 6 great reasons to visit the neighborhood of Gràcia to get some ideas on what to do the next time you visit.

Barceloneta and Port Vell

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Once the fishing quarter of the city, this Barcelona neighborhood is now one of the most popular given its seafront location. This urban beach area is also perfect for catching some rays, playing volley ball and exploring its numerous outdoor brunch stops, coffee shops, bars and restaurants.

Barceloneta is also close to the city’s Port Vell (Old Port) at the end of La Rambla, the Maritime Museum and the city’s aquarium, a perfect plan for those visiting with family.

Raval

One of the most alternative, multicultural Barcelona neighborhoods, Raval is brimming with street vibe. Home to cultures from all over the world, this area enjoys great diversity – visible above all in its diverse cuisine, second-hand stores and eclectic bars.

Raval is also home to MACBA – the Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona – which celebrates the most up-and-coming artists with regular exhibitions and workshops. This wonderful neighborhood also runs parallel to one of the most famous streets in Barcelona – La Rambla. 

Read our guide on things to do in Raval to get to know this neighborhood better. 

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