El Raval District Guide: 9 Things to See and Do

Barcelona’s El Raval district is part of the city’s Ciutat Vella (old quarter). It is literally a stone’s throw away from the city’s famous Las Ramblas and Plaça Catalunya, so there is no excuse not to visit this emblematic part of the city.

What is today a colourful, vibrant neighbourhood was once a forgotten area of Barcelona associated with crime and prostitution. Yet it has recently seen a new lease of life with changes for the better, making it a neighbourhood in Barcelona with a truly unique personality with many a thing to see and do.

There is always something going on in El Raval come night or day, rain or shine. We’re not exaggerating when we say every corner of this district is brimming with art, culture and life.

We’ve put together this guide to El Raval district in Barcelona to make sure you don’t miss a thing. So grab your camera and get ready to discover 9 of the best things to see and do in El Raval.

1. CCCB – Centre for Contemporary Culture

Carrer de Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona

An unmissable stop on your tour of El Raval is this space dedicated to modern-day culture that is packed with fun activities and exhibitions for all ages and tastes. From life on other planets and the latest scientific discoveries to art, film and literature from all over the world, the CCCB programme has something for everyone. What’s more, entrance is free on Sundays after 3 pm – but make sure you reserve your spot in advance!

EL Raval - CCCB
CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

2. MACBA – The Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona

Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Just around the corner is the MACBA, which you’ll recognise by its stunning modern glass façade, housing a diverse array of permanent and temporary exhibitions by local and international artists from the later half of the twentieth century to the present day. Check out the website for guided tours, workshops and activities for kids.

MACBA
MACBA

3. La Rambla del Raval

One of our favourite things to do in El Raval is take a stroll down La Rambla del Raval. This extensive tree-lined boulevard is brimming with ethnic and cultural diversity, and is where you’ll catch street artists for a colourful experience in El Raval District.

La Rambla del Raval
La Rambla del Raval

4. Take a photo with el Gat de Botero

Whilst you’re at La Rambla del Raval, don’t forget to snap a selfie with the district’s famous bronze sculpture of a cat by Fernando Botero, famous Colombian sculptor.

El Gat de Botero
El Gat de Botero

5. Go alternative shopping

El Raval is the place to be when it comes to vintage and alternative fashion. You’ll find everything and anything from handmade dresses and second-hand bargains to accessories from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Be sure to head to Calle Riera Baixa, which is lined with pop-up stalls every Saturday morning. What’s more, don’t miss the Fleadonia flea market on Sundays in Plaça de Blanquerna for even more bargains!

Flea Market in El Raval
Flea Market in El Raval

6. La Boqueria Market

La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona

Talking of markets, you simply can’t miss the symbolic La Boqueria market nestled between El Raval and Las Ramblas. Here you’ll find every fruit and vegetable under the sun, freshly squeezed juices, specialist products from around Spain and tapas bars packed with tourists and locals alike – be sure to get there early to try dishes made with fresh market produce. Famous around the world, this vibrant space has become synonymous with a trip to Barcelona.

Mercat de la Boqueria
Mercat de la Boqueria

7. Filmoteca de Catalunya

Plaça de Salvador Seguí, 1, 08001 Barcelona

This film archive located in the heart of El Raval strives to preserve film and audiovisual culture, with particular focus on Catalonia. Discover a range of film screenings throughout the week in original language version, in addition to photography exhibitions and a small bookshop.

Filmoteca de Catalunya

8. Discover Carrer Joaquín Costa’s nightlife

If you’re looking to discover the true side of El Raval, be sure to head to Carrer Joaquín Costa for an evening that promises some of Barcelona’s coolest bars, live music and your favourite tipple. Afterwards, why not head to Marsella bar on Carrer de Sant Pau, 65. Rumoured to be Barcelona’s first bar and frequented by Picasso and Hemingway, the drink of choice here is absinthe.

Marsella - Bar in el Raval
Marsella Bar

9. Savour the flavours of El Raval

Given the ethnic diversity of this neighbourhood, it’s no surprise that here you’ll find a plethora of restaurants serving food from far-flung places and places closer to home. Here you’ll try some of the best Indian, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Catalan and vegetarian cuisine.

Bar Cañete - where to eat in El Raval
Bar Cañete

10. L’antic Hospital de la Santa Creu & the National Library of Catalonia

Carrer de l’Hospital, 56, 08001 Barcelona

Formerly a hospital, this example of Catalan Gothic architecture can be visited today as the National Library of Catalonia, with its mission being to collect and preserve Catalan-language books and heritage. Don’t miss the beautiful courtyard of this hospital, which was where Gaudí himself was cared for before he died.

Biblioteca de Catalunya in El Raval

11. Visit the Drassanes Reials de Barcelona (Royal Shipyards of Barcelona)

Av. de les Drassanes, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Home to the Barcelona Maritime Museum, these former shipyards boast a spectacular collection of ships and are steeped in history. Head there to learn of the role the city played in the construction of these impressive vessels.

Drassanes Barcelona
Drassanes

12. Sala Barts

Av. del Paral·lel, 62, 08001 Barcelona

Known as Barcelona Arts on Stage, this emblematic venue that first opened its doors in El Raval in 1892 hosts theatre, music and cultural events and festivals. Be sure to check out its website to see what’s on!

That concludes our guide to El Raval District in Barcelona. Let us know what your favourite thing to do in El Raval is!

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How is Sant Jordi 2021 going to be celebrated in Barcelona?

Sant Jordi 2021 has the green light to go ahead this year on 23rd of April. And this beautiful day of the book and the rose is just around the corner! After it was cancelled last year and postponed to July, you’re probably how exactly this much-awaited event on the Barcelona calendar is going to be celebrated in 2021.

From the latest restrictions and measures, plus this year’s activity programme, we’ve got you covered in this article on Sant Jordi 2021. Although this year will be different from past years, we want to make sure it is still a day to remember.

Read on to find out more….

Sant Jordi 2021

Why is Sant Jordi so important?

The Catalan answer to Valentine’s Day, this event commemorates both Saint George’s day (or Sant Jordi as he is known in Catalonia) and World Book Day. The beginnings of this event celebrating love, books and of course, a love for books, lie in the story of Sant Jordi and the dragon. If you’d like to find out more about its history and origins, read more in our article here.

So here’s our round up of what Sant Jordi 2021 will be like. Additionally, given these uncertain times, we recommend double checking events online before attending.

Where can I buy books this Sant Jordi 2021?

Sant Jordi 2021 will take place over three days: 21, 22 and 23 April, this gives book sellers and customers alike more time to browse and will prevent large numbers of people gathering on the 23rd.

The plan that has been approved for this year’s event aims to, above all, avoid the usual crowds and, if possible, encourage bookstores to set up outdoor stalls. The usual stalls will be set up on around the centre of the city with a distance of 2 metres between each one, with a separate entrance and exit and a limit of 50% capacity.

Additionally, bookshops will be open as normal, also with a maximum capacity of 50% and following the recommended safety measures that are in place.

Sant Jordi 2021 - Where can I buy books this Sant Jordi 2021

What about roses?

This Sant Jordi 2021, only florists have been given the go ahead to sell roses. There will be outdoor stalls, as usual, in the main areas around the city.

What’s more, the city will host several small Sant Jordi “fairs” where books and roses will be sold in a selection of outdoor spaces, ranging from Passeig de Gràcia, Arc de Triomf and Plaça Reial, in addition to Rambla del Poble Nou, the Palau Robert Gardens and Diagonal.

Can I get my books signed this Sant Jordi 2021?

This year it is possible to get your books signed, but not in the usual way. Despite the measures being still unconfirmed, it looks like, in order to avoid long queues and crowds, authors will not sign copies of their books inside bookshops. However, it will be possible to order a signed copy of your favourite book and pick it up the next day! The option of having authors sign copies but outdoors also looks likely.

It is also worth noting that this Sant Jordi 2021 will not host the usual events and talks with writers and authors that usually take place, nor any prize-giving ceremonies.

Eventhough you can find some activities for the familiy here

Sant Jordi activities 2021

How can I celebrate Sant Jordi 2021 at home?

There are also many ways to celebrate this day dedicated to books and roses from the comfort of our your own homes. One of our favourite things to do is to try our hand at making homemade Pa de Sant Jordi. This typical type of bread recreates the colours of the senyera (the Catalan flag) and is usually filled with sobrasada sausage and cheese. We’re slightly biased, but it is simply delicious! Find the recipe here.

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You can also shop online to treat yourself or a loved one to a book whilst still supporting local sellers. Visit the platform “LlibreriesObertes” (OpenBookstores) to start browsing now!

Finally, if you’re stuck for inspiration this Sant Jordi 2021, why not check out our article on 8 books set in Barcelona that you’re sure to love for some gift ideas.

We hope you have a fantastic day filled with love and books. Let us know how you’re planning to celebrate Sant Jordi 2021!

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11 bakeries in Barcelona that will make your day sweeter

Bakeries in Barcelona are certainly not few and far between, but which ones can you count on for the freshest and sweetest treats? Look no further for your sweet temptation as we take you on a journey through the culinary culture of the city to discover the best desserts, pastries, cakes, and much more.

We all like to treat ourselves once in a while. Baking and dessert making is a true art, and there’s nothing better than the city’s flakiest croissant or homemade cake alongside a cup of tea or coffee.

If you’re intent on discovering the best bakeries in Barcelona you’ve come to the right place! Read on to discover 11 of the city’s sweetest places to visit.

Boulangerie Mayer

Carrer del Diluvi, 11, 08012 Barcelona

Known as one of the best bakeries in the neighbourhood of Gràcia, this French-run joint has been so successful it has now opened establishments in Poblesec and la Barceloneta. You can’t leave without trying its delicious French baguettes and buttery croissants.

bakaries in Barcelona - Boulangerie Mayer

Pastisseria Natcha

Av. de Sarrià, 45, 08029 Barcelona

One of the most contemporary bakeries in Barcelona, Pastisseria Natcha is sure to catch your eye with its array of homemade chocolates, from tasty praline truffles to white and milk chocolate delights. Don’t miss its huge range of chocolate desserts and, if you’re feeling creative, why not ask about their tailor-made cake service.

Oriol Balaguer

Plaça de Sant Gregori Taumaturg, 2, 08021 Barcelona

Oriol Balaguer is the renowned Catalan chef behind the fantastic and innovative inventions of this bakery. Located in the north of the city, this space combines design, innovation and the sweetest of treats, with the air of a department store where all of Oriol’s creations are on display in glass cabinets. A true delight for all the senses.

Bakeries in Barcelona - oriol balaguer

Origo Bakery

Carrer de Milà i Fontanals, 9, 08012 Barcelona

Specialising in slow-fermented sourdough bread and organic baked goods, this small bakery is tucked away in Gràcia. They also serve speciality coffee and sell all their products at a 20% discount the next day. What are you waiting for?

Bakeries in barcelona - Origo Bakery

Cookies Demasie

Carrer de la Princesa, 28, 08003 Barcelona

A stone’s throw away from the Picasso museum is one of the most delightful bakeries in Barcelona specialising in cinnamon rolls of all types. Try them topped with pistachio, filled with dulce de leche or topped with chocolate. We’re sure you’ll want to try them all.

Bakeries Barcelona - cookies demasie

Funky bakers

Passeig del Born, 10, 08003 Barcelona

After spending the afternoon strolling around the neighbourhood of El Born or on your way to the Parc de Ciutadella for a picnic, what better way to replenish your energies than stopping off at this quirky bakery? Priding itself on being a delicious collaboration between artists, chefs, artisans and bakers, discover an array of buns, pastries, cakes and sandwiches.

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La Donuteria

Carrer del Parlament, 20, 08015 Barcelona

Possibly the best place in the entire city for doughnuts, this bakery in Sant Antoni offers a huge selection of doughnuts, with flavours from passion fruit, strawberry to vanilla and matcha. What’s more, you can even personalise your doughnut to suit your own tastes!

La donuteria - recommended bakaeries barcelona

Forn Roura

Carrer de Calaf, 15, 08021 Barcelona

The secret to the bread sold at this bakery in Barcelona has been passed down from generation to generation of the Roura family. This almost century-old establishment founded in 1927 is located in the Galvany market of Sant Gervasi. Grab a loaf or two of this traditionally made bread that is simply to die for.

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Baluard

Carrer del Baluard, 38, 08003 Barcelona

Selling wood-fired bread, each loaf is unique and baked to perfection. One of the oldest bakeries in Barcelona, Baluard has establishments in la Barceloneta and also in Eixample. What’s more, you can now order bread, pastries and baked goods on their online store.

Baluard barcelona

Forn Mistral

Carrer de Torres i Amat, 7, 08001 Barcelona & Carrer d’Astúries, 35, 08012 Barcelona

Another of the bakeries in Barcelona steeped in history, Forn Mistral boasts five generations behind its lovingly baked bread. Be prepared to find a queue of eager customers at the door, but we assure you that everything you’ll try here is certainly worth the wait!

Forn mistral - bakeries in barcelona

Pastisseria Baixas

Carrer de Muntaner, 331, 08021 Barcelona

Serving classic pastries, desserts, cakes and sweet treats, each product is carefully prepared to perfection. This patisserie also offers catering services and home deliveries of their most coveted cakes.

Pastisseria baixas

Forn Sarret

Carrer de Girona, 73, 08009 Barcelona

Last but not least, out of all the bakeries in Barcelona this one stands out not only because of its delicious hand-made products, but also due to its beautifully crafted modernist façade, with wooden arches and hand-painted tiles. Specialising above all in freshly baked bread using local, organic ingredients. Don’t miss its star loaf baked with nuts.

bacelona bakeries - forn sarret

That concludes our list of the best bakeries in Barcelona. We hope they make your day even sweeter! Enjoy!

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8 recommended Barcelona restaurants that do delivery

Barcelona restaurants that do delivery have become the latest hot topic between friends and family. If you’re anything like us you’re always sharing the latest great place you ordered food from and looking for new places to try.

If there’s something that this time at home has showed us it’s that ordering food to take out can be the best solution when you’ve had a long day at work and you simply don’t feel like cooking.

This list of Barcelona restaurants that do delivery includes our tried-and-tested favourites, and in some cases this take-out food even requires you to get creative in your own home.

Who says you have to go out to a restaurant to enjoy the best food in Barcelona!

As these are uncertain times, we always recommend checking these Barcelona restaurants’ websites ahead of time to check their opening and delivery hours. Enjoy!

Creppy Pizza

1, Carrer del Camp, 08021 Barcelona

This crepes and pizza place is one of our favourite Barcelona restaurants that does delivery. We recommend the Milan pizza with truffle oil followed by a dulce de leche crepe for an exquisite weekend treat!

Creppy pizza - best pizza in barcelona

Chivuo’s

Gràcia, Eixample, Raval

If you’re in the mood for real American-style burgers and sandwiches, this is your place. Chivuo’s prides itself on serving the best slow street food and its menu features pulled pork sandwiches, a range of burgers in soft brioche buns and Philly cheese steak, plus authentic American cheesecake.

best Burgers in Barcelona - Chivuos

Vitali Pizza

Carrer de París, 109, 08029 Barcelona

This Barcelona restaurant’s specialty is gourmet pizza with a wide selection of topics to suit all taste. What’s more, it also offers vegan and gluten-free options. In addition to accepting ticket restaurant, also watch out for special 2 for 1 offers during the week for a real mid-week treat!

Vilali pizza- top pizza restaurants in barcelona

Sr. Lobo

Travessera de les Corts, 38, 08903 Barcelona

Perhaps one of the tastiest of our picks of Barcelona restaurants, Sr. Lobo delivers 100%-authentic roast chicken straight to your door with all the trimmings. Claiming to be the best chicken in town (and we second it), the whole chicken with rustic oil and a side of wood-fired potatoes is simply to die for.

Petit Bangkok

Carrer de Balmes, 106, 08008 Barcelona & Carrer d’Àvila, 87, 08005 Barcelona

For an authentic taste of Thailand, there is no better place in our selection of Barcelona restaurants than Petit Bangkok. Travel to the East without leaving the comfort of your own home and choose from the most traditional Thai curries to flavoursome stir-fries and fresh summer rolls. Perfect for a mid-week lunch or weekend evening in.

Delivery restaurants in Barcelona - PEtit bangkok

Little Fern

Carrer de Pere IV, 168, 08005 Barcelona

You’ll be delighted as we were to learn that there are Barcelona restaurants that deliver breakfast and coffee straight to your door! Our favourite has to be Little Fern: this community casual brunch spot in the heart of Poblenou serves dishes that take inspiration from New Zealand’s café culture, along with sweet treats, homemade granola and a range of delicious hot beverages. Don’t miss the chickpea pancakes topped with spicy kimchi and miso mayo, and the harissa scrambled eggs served with avocado and grated pecorino cheese on fresh sourdough toast.

Little fern

Les Tres a La Cuina

Carrer de Sant Lluís 35, 08012 Barcelona 

This family-run business based in Gracia prides itself on delivery the best of homemade Catalan cuisine straight to your door. Although this is a list of Barcelona restaurants and this isn’t a restaurant per-se, the three minds behind this delivery service ensure a different set menu every day of the week based on healthy recipes and the freshest of ingredients.

Les tres a la cuina

Hawker-45

Carrer de Casp, 45, 08010 Barcelona

Last but not least on our list of Barcelona restaurants that do delivery is Hawker-45. Serving new, innovative Latin American and Asian street food, the menu offers delicious curries, seafood dishes, soup and light bites. As an interesting proposal, Hawker also delivers pre-packed meal kits allowing you to get creative in the kitchen with the fresh, exotic ingredients. Why not learn how to make Bangkok chicken wings and Thai green curry this long weekend?

We hope this list of our favourite Barcelona restaurants comes in handy. Let us know, what’s the restaurant you keep ordering from again and again? We can’t wait to try out your suggestions!

Barcelona restaurants - Hawker45

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The top 10 terraces in Barcelona for outdoor plans

The best terraces in Barcelona include rooftops bars and terraces lapped by the waves of the sea, and are simply perfect for outdoor plans this spring in the city. Bask in Barcelona’s all-year-round fantastic climate surrounded by the best views of the city, beach or its skyline!

With spring almost here, we’re already thinking about which of the best terraces in Barcelona we’re going to spend long weekend lunches, have drinks with friends, or relax with a good book and a coffee.

This selection covers the best spots in the city where you can catch some rays, enjoy the good outdoors and support local businesses. What more could you ask for?

As these are strange times, we do encourage you to check websites or ring restaurants in advance to double check opening times and book a table, if necessary.

The top ten best terraces in Barcelona… here we come!

Dos Torres

Via Augusta, 300, 08017 Barcelona

Think fine dining, a romantic ambience and exclusive service at one of the most coveted terraces in Barcelona. This restaurant that serves only the best Mediterranean cuisine boasts a large, stunning terrace garden in the grounds of a modernist estate. It also takes bookings for groups and private events.

Terraces in Barcelona - Dos torres
Dos Torres

Mirablau

Plaça del Doctor Andreu, s/n, 08035 Barcelona

Welcome to this bar and restaurant that, at night when the lights of the city below start to sparkle, becomes the club with the best views of Barcelona. Enjoy this unique terrace whilst sipping on a sophisticated cocktail from the menu or simply marvelling at Barcelona’s beautiful skyline.

Terraces in Barcelona - Mirablau
Mirablau

Norai

Av. de les Drassanes, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Nestled in the grounds of the Maritime Museum, one of the best terraces in Barcelona is a haven a stone’s throw away from La Rambla. Revel in this relaxed atmosphere and enjoy a few drinks and snacks from its varied menu, all while surrounded by high walls and shaded by numerous trees, making it perfect for the entire family.

Terraces in Barcelona - Norai
Norai – Terraces in Barcelona

Metropolitan Iradier

Carrer de les Escoles Pies, 105, 08017

In the north of the city in the Pedralbes neighbourhood is this luxury gym that boasts, without a doubt, one of the best terraces in Barcelona. If you’re looking for an unmissable terrace with a pool, grass area and sun loungers where you can sunbathe the day away, then this is your terrace in Barcelona. Access is open to members and non-members.

Metropolitan Iradier - terraces in Barcelona
Metropolitan Iradier – Terraces in Barcelona

Surf House Barcelona

Emília Llorca Martín, 22, 08003 Barcelona

Craving some California vibes? Head to Surf House where smoothies, juices and delicious yet healthy brunch dishes are on the menu. This is one of the best terraces in Barcelona that is pet-friendly, and it’s perfect after a morning swim or as a pick-me up before you hit the waves.

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Cafè d’Estiu

Plaça de Catalunya, 5, 08002 Barcelona

Tucked away in the Frederic Marès museum is this quaint, garden terrace in the heart of the Gothic quarter. Find peace and quiet with your loved ones amongst the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

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Espai Mescladís

Carrer dels Carders, 35, 08003 Barcelona

Another of the best terraces in Barcelona, it opened its doors as a place to promote social integration for immigrants in Barcelona just minutes away from the Picasso Museum. In the heart of the city, find this space filled with antiques and trinkets, with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Terraces in Barcelona . Espai Mescladís
Espai Mescladís

Olokuti

Carrer d’Astúries, 38, 08012 Barcelona

In the heart of Gràcia surrounded by independent boutiques, second-hand shops and quaint bakeries, this terrace can be found at the back of a sustainable and ethical store selling everything from clothes, books and gifts.

Bar with terrace in Barcelona - Olokuti
Olokuti

Bar Calders

Carrer del Parlament, 25, 08015 Barcelona

This charming spot in the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni boasts one of the most coveted and best terraces in Barcelona. If what you’re looking for is to rub shoulders with locals in a non-assuming location, this place is for you. Be sure to check out the bookshop with the same name right next to the bar.

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Bar Calders

That concludes our list of the best terraces in Barcelona. Tell us, which is your favourite? Looking forward to seeing you there!

Your guide to the best location to stay in Barcelona

To find the best location to stay in Barcelona requires much more than quickly researching one area or another online. The best location in this buzzing metropolis and cultural hub often depends on you and what you are looking for because, in case you didn’t know, Barcelona has it all!

For this reason we’ve created this guide to the best location to stay in Barcelona, covering all the needs and wishes you may have when you’re here.

From family-friendly spots and the best tourist sights to areas buzzing with nightlife or luxury shopping streets, we recommend only the best location to stay in Barcelona in our flexible long-term and short-term rentals that are sure to become your home away from home.

Best location to stay in Barcelona: Eixample

Barcelona would not be Barcelona without its sprawling Eixample district.

Think wide avenues, stunning architecture and large, light-filled apartments. What’s more, it’s close to the city centre (10–20 minute walk depending on where you are) and well connected by bus, train and the yellow, green and red metro lines.

The Eixample district is often referred to as two different districts: Esquerra (left) de l’Eixample and Dreta (right) that, as their names indicate, are to the left and right of Passeig de Gràcia respectively.

Esquerra de l’Eixample, the lesser-known Eixample district boasts a huge selection of Catalan, Spanish and international restaurants, an array of LGBTQ+ friendly clubs and bars, and a good dose of community spirit. For this reason it was voted the coolest neighbourhood on earth in 2020 by Time Out.

The opulent and elegant Dreta de l’Eixample is simply overflowing with museums, architecture and things to do: from Gaudí’s spectacular Sagrada Familia, Passeig de Gràcia with La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, plus its array of luxury and designer shopping options, the Egyptian museum, the Casa de les Punxes, the stunning Passeig de Sant Joan, and much more.

Best location to stay in Barcelona - Eixample
Eixample – Best location to stay in Barcelona

Where to stay in Eixample, Barcelona:

Ideal for business trips, our Livingstone apartment with ethnic décor is located close to the Sant Antoni market. Our Modernist Dandi apartment in Barcelona with a good dose of charisma and charm boasts a privileged location only one block away from Passeig de Gràcia.

In another best location to stay in Barcelona in l’Eixample Esquerre is the romantic KissMe flat with a balcony that’s perfect for coffee and people watching. Not forgetting our luxury LaMimosa flat, again right by Passeig de Gràcia, with beautiful art pieces and three bedrooms.

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Kiss Me – Barcelona apartment for rent

Best location to stay in Barcelona: Gothic Quarter/La Rambla

Another best location to stay in Barcelona is the city’s Gothic Quarter and the area of La Rambla. This is the true heart of the city: imagine narrow winding streets, tiny bars, quaint restaurants and independent boutiques. One of the most beautiful areas in Barcelona, it was bound to make our list!

This area of Barcelona really does have it all. Discover its past by visiting the stunning, neogothic cathedral, the Jewish quarter and the Frederic Marés Museum, wander the squares of Plaça Sant Jaume and Plaça Reial, and if you get the chance why not head to La Rambla to catch an opera at the Royal Liceu Opera House or marvel at the colours of the Boqueria market?

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Mercat de la Boqueria – Gothic Quarter

Where to stay in Gothic Quarter/La Rambla, Barcelona:

A stone’s throw away from the main attractions of this area you’ll find our contemporary three-bedroom MACCA apartment in an area steeped in history. Or discover our spacious Parsifal apartment where vintage meets modernity, located literally on the same block as the Liceu.

Found the best location to stay in Barcelona is our quaint and exquisite Colonial apartment. This romantic space is right by Passeig Colom. Finally, our Catedral apartment with a private courtyard could not be more perfect for your stay in the Gothic quarter.

Best location to stay in Barcelona: Les Corts

This well-connected and often overlooked neighbourhood makes our list of the best location to stay in Barcelona given that it still preserves its authentic essence. Boasting large avenues and a short walk away from the shopping centre L’Illa and the city’s famous Diagonal Avenue, we are here to sing its praises!

Head to the Pedralbes Palace Gardens and take a stroll – here in the summer many an open-air concert are held, visit la Fundació Suñol and its fascinating art exhibitions or enjoy a coffee in the stunning Plaça de la Concòrdia. What’s more, Les Corts is a short metro ride or a 30-minute walk from the heart of Barcelona. What more could you ask for?

Best location to stay in Barcelona - Les Corts

Where to stay in Les Corts

Our Jollie penthouse is a spacious one-bedroom apartment with a gorgeous sun-drenched terrace that is perfect for catching some rays or outdoor dining. Additionally, discover our luxury Dandelion apartment – as delicate as the flower it is named after – which also boasts a spacious terrace.

Finally, why not check out our elegant Gatsby apartment? Its exquisite details, ensuite bathroom with a bathtub and terrace with breath-taking city views make it perfect for your stay in Les Corts. We hope you’ve found our guide to the best location to stay in Barcelona useful for your next trip. We can’t wait to have you with us! 

Top 10 most beautiful places in Barcelona to take photos

Beautiful places in Barcelona are certainly not few and far between. From Gaudí’s magnificent architecture to the stunning streets of Born, we’re the first to admit that Barcelona is one huge instagrammable moment!

What’s more with spring just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to make use of its soft daytime hues to capture the awe-inspiring scenes this city has to offer us.

When it comes to the most beautiful places in Barcelona for truly unique shots that will wow your followers and not need a single filter, we’ve got you covered: discover where to take photos of the best views of the city and hidden spots that only locals know about.

Get ready to bring the most beautiful places in Barcelona to your newsfeed, blog or family album.

The Barcelona Swing – Mirador de Mundet

Ctra. Horta a Cerdanyola, 39, 08035 Barcelona

Hop on and take in the views of Barcelona as you swing over the heights of this fabulous city. With some of the best views you could ask for, stretching out over to the sea, this will soon become your favourite of the most beautiful places in Barcelona to snap your latest photos.

It can be a little tricky to find, and we recommend you check the Instagram page before going as on some occasions the swing has been taken down. Happy flying!

El Petó de Joan Fontcuberta (The Kiss)

Plaça d’Isidre Nonell

This inspiring and unique photomosaic by Joan Fontcuberta is nestled in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter close to Barcelona cathedral. We think it’s one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona because, if you look closely, you’ll see that each mosaic captures “moments of freedom” of citizens who submitted their shots on Instagram.

This spot is perfect for truly unique photos of Barcelona; snap it from up close or far away to truly appreciate its beauty.

Beautiful places in Barcelona - El mural del petó - The Kiss wall in barcelona

El Pont del Bisbe (The Bishop’s Bridge)

Carrer del Bisbe, 08002 Barcelona

One of the most photographed spots in Barcelona, the Bishop’s Bridge by the Barcelona Cathedral connects the local Government building with Casa dels Canonge. Despite its appearance, the bridge is not even 100 years old and was built in 1928 by Joan Rubió i Bellver.

Be sure to zoom in when you take your shot to capture the mysterious skull on the bridge. Some even say that if you walk under the bridge backwards and look at the skull, it will grant you one wish!

Beautiful places in barcelona - el pont del bisbe

Plaça Reial

Steeped in history, Plaça Reial is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona to capture a piece of Barcelona’s past: from its towering palm trees and neoclassical architecture to the stunning cast iron lampposts designed by Gaudí himself.

This is quite a popular spot (especially at night) and is a mere stone’s throw away from La Ramba, so we recommend getting there early to capture its elegance without the crowds.

Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera

Ctra. de Miramar, 38, 08038 Barcelona

These charming botanical gardens at the foot of Montjuïc are a haven for all those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This oasis – which is only a 10-minute walk from the city centre – was named after a Mallorcan poet and boasts over 800 types of cactus.

Without a doubt this often overlooked spot is very picturesque and was even ranked among the top ten gardens in the world by The New York Times!

Casa de Les Plantes

Carrer de l’Allada-Vermell, 12, 08003 Barcelona

Dubbed Barcelona’s most photogenic house, and one of the most instagrammable spots of the city, don’t miss this quaint whitewashed abode in the heart of el Born. Everyone from models to brides have had their photos taken in front of this house adorned with plants of every colour and size.

most beautiful places in Barcelona - la casa de las plantas

La Casa Pàdua

Carrer de Pàdua, 75, 08006 Barcelona

This often-overlooked modernist jewel by Jeroni Granell is not to be missed. Its pale mint green and crimson façade decorated with floral motifs makes for the most unique photos of the city’s stunning and rather unique architecture. Why not discover beautiful place in Barcelona next time you visit?

Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

This romantic and quaint-looking square is well hidden in the heart of the city’s old quarter. Despite its tranquility, its tragic fate during the Spanish Civil War can still be seen on its walls to this day.

Read more about its history and things to do in Ciutat Vella here.

Parc de Laberint d’Horta

Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035 Barcelona

This historical park on the outskirts of the city is the oldest of its kind in the city. After getting some fabulous photos of one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona, we recommend getting lost in its maze and strolling through its peaceful paths.

Casa Vicens

Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26, 08012 Barcelona

Casa Vicens was Gaudí’s first commissioned project in Barcelona. Every single detail of this summerhouse in the charming neighbourhood of Gràcia is simply magical. Definitely one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona to take photos, we’re sure from the minute you step through its doors you won’t be able to put your camera down.

Afterwards, why not check out more things to do in Gràcia here.

We hope you enjoy this list of photograph-worthy spots in Barcelona. Be sure to tag us in any snaps you take!

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The Best Catalan Restaurants in Barcelona

Which are the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona? Catalan restaurants in Barcelona are certainly not difficult to come by – here you’ll find some of the best eateries serving local cuisine, but how can you possibly choose?

One of the best parts of visiting and experiencing a city is taking a seat to try the best food from the region. In this article, we encourage you to pull a chair up amongst the locals and learn about their history with each bite.

Catalan cuisine in itself can be quite varied, ranging from the wonderfully simple, yet moreish pà amb tomàquet (slices of home-baked country loaf toasted lightly under a grill then rubbed with garlic and tomato), to more hearty dishes including the spring-time calçots (grilled long sweet onion) and butifarra amb mongetes (Catalan sausage served with delicious white butter beans).

So, where can you try these wonderful Catalan dishes? Look no further than our selection of the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend always booking Catalan restaurants in Barcelona in advance and checking with the restaurant regarding their most up-to-date opening times and capacity.

Cal Boter

Carrer Tordera 64

If you find yourself in the beautiful neighbourhood of Gràcia, we recommend dropping into Cal Boter. The best way to try its scrumptious Catalan cuisine is the menu del día: this daily set menu of seasonal specials is excellent value (€12.50 during the week and €14.80 at the weekend) as it comes with three courses, bread and wine. What more could you ask for?

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Cal Boter
Cal Boter – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

La Panxa del Bisbe

Carrer del Torrent de les Flors, 158, 08024 Barcelona

Also located in the quaint neighbourhood of Gràcia is La Panxa del Bisbe. On the menu you’ll find the most typical Catalan dishes with exciting modern twists and contemporary flavours. We’d advise washing it all down with a bottle of local organic wine which the waiters will be more than happy to recommend.

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - La Panxa del Bisbe
La Panxa del Bisbe – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Can Punyetes

Marià Cubí, 189, Francesc Giner, 8-10 & Ciutat de Balaguer, 50

With the essence of a local tavern, these three restaurants are found in the north of the city. Run by three friends, Can Punyetes combines family tradition with the best quality local food. This Catalan restaurant in Barcelona specialises in grilled meats, and homemade desserts.

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Can Punyetes
Can Punyetes – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Taverna La Llesca

Travessera de Gràcia, 86, 08006 Barcelona

This tavern – that claims neither to be pretentious nor fancy – prides itself on serving local food with no additives. Visit this welcoming and homely Catalan restaurant in Barcelona where you’ll findhearty servings of traditional food, with, plenty of flavour and the best hospitality. Although they specialise in grilled meats, why not try something new and order the flame-grilled artichokes!

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Taverna la Llesca
Taverna La Llesca – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Can Culleretes

Carrer d’en Quintana, 5, 08002 Barcelona

A two-minute walk from el Liceu and the famous Les Rambles, you’ll find one of the oldest Catalan restaurants in Barcelona. This old-world, sleepy tavern where history and tradition come together dates back to 1786. This restaurant takes its name (culleretes means teaspoon) from the phrase the head waiter would shout to his staff to prompt them to polish the cutlery. Serving an array of the most traditional Catalan dishes from roasted suckling pig, wild boar stew and baked a la llauna cod, everything on the menu is simply delicious!

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Can Culleretes
Can Culleretes – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Can Vilaró

Carrer del Comte Borrell, 61, 08015 Barcelona

The owners of Can Vilaró pride themselves on cooking and serving the best-quality food from the neighbouring San Antoni market for the best price. Sisco and Dolers offer everything from liver, tripe and trotters, and on Saturdays the fricandó beef stew in a wild mushroom sauce is simply to die for. Why not drop into a more conventional Catalan restaurant in Barcelona and discover its authenticity for yourself!

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Can Vilaró
Can Vilaró – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Casa Delfín

Passeig del Born, 36, 08003 Barcelona

This Catalan restaurant in Barcelona has been serving food in El Born for over 100 years. It first opened as a 24-hour eatery for those who worked at the market, and is now well-know and loved among locals and tourists alike. It still conserves its traditional essence in both its food and ambience – the rustic rice dishes and crema catalana dessert simply cannot be missed.

Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona - Casa Delfín
Casa Delfin – Best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

On your next trip to Barcelona, why not try a selection of these restaurants and tell us what you think. Remember to make the most of your stay by booking a bizflats.com apartment for a privileged location close to all the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona. Tuck in!

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