The city of Barcelona is located in Catalonia, a region in the northeast of Spain. This city is known for its architecture, its traditional food markets and its many neighbourhoods, each one of them with its own distinct character.
Explore El Raval.
The neighbourhood of Raval is located close to the city center. This area, previously the red-light district, has gone through a transformation and is now a trendy place filled with traditional shops and ethnic restaurants. The city’s Museum of Contemporary Art, MACBA, is located in this area, close to several other galleries.
Walk around the El Born.
El Born is one of the most visited places in the city. Filled with medieval architecture, fashionable cafés and trendy nightclubs, it is the ideal place for those who want culture and party in the same place. There are many medieval streets, including Montcada, which are ideal for an afternoon stroll. The Picasso Museum and the Textile Museum are located here.
Take a tour around the Eixample.
The Eixample neighbourhood is located next to the Gracia street, one of the city’s most upscale streets. The Sagrada Familia Cathedral, one of the city’s symbols, is located in this area. Explore the cathedral’s interior, decorated with bony columns and carved statues, and climb to the top of one of the two towers that have an observation deck if you want to enjoy views towards the city.
The area is known for its architecture, and several buildings designed by Gaudí are located here. Casa Batlló was a private residence and is known for its sandstone facade. The facade is covered in trencadis, pieces of colourful tiles that can be seen decorating buildings around the region. The other Gaudí building is Casa Milá, which has a large, gray facade. This building has a wavy shape and is notorious for not having any straight lines. Guided tours are organized around Casa Milá. There are courtyards and a rooftop terrace decorated with chimneys that have the shape of stone warriors. The top floor has a gallery dedicated to Gaudí and his architectural style.
Get lost in the Gothic Quarter.
Located in the Ciutat Vella, the city’s historical center, this neighbourhood is one of the most visited areas. Known for its Gothic architecture, the area is home to the Gothic Santa Eulalia cathedral and its adjoining cloister, filled with geese. The area is a trendy spot filled with hostels, affordable boutique hotels, chic lounges and vintage shops.
Spend your break at the beach in Barceloneta.
The area around Barceloneta beach, the city’s main urban beach, is ideal for those who want to relax by the beach. This area is connected to the city center by public transportation. There are plenty of bars, cafés and restaurants close to the sea. Another attraction in this neighbourhood is the aquarium, located next to an IMAX and a shopping center. Las Ramblas, a set of main streets that connect the sea to Catalonia Square, one of the city’s main squares, are located a short walk away.