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6 Must-See Barcelona Neighborhoods and How to Visit

6 Must-See Barcelona Neighborhoods and How to Visit

From multicultural Raval to the hectic expanse of Las Ramblas, from the Gothic Quarter’s medieval churches to Eixample’s startling modernism, Barcelona’s neighborhoods have plenty to offer the traveler. Here are six to get to know before you visit.

Las Ramblas

No trip to Barcelona is complete without a stroll among the crowds that frequent Las Ramblas (or La Rambla), a wide promenade that’s the city’s answer to Times Square. Head here for people watching, living statues, souvenir stores, and a wealth of food and drink, particularly the historic La Boqueria Market.

Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gótic) is a highlight of Barcelona’s old town and an essential stop on any Barcelona visit. Narrow, winding streets are home to ancient delights, from the city’s best-preserved stretch of Roman wall to the spectacular Cathedral of Barcelona and the much-photographed Pont del Bisbe bridge.

El Born

This vibrant downtown neighborhood with its charismatic alleyways is where the locals go for wine, vermouth, and tapas, and the pedestrianized Passeig El Born is a great place to start. But there’s also culture here, including the Picasso Museum and the exuberant Palau de la Música Catalana, the perfect choice for a night of flamenco.

Raval

Lively, multicultural, and, yes, still a little seedy in places, Raval is rapidly gentrifying, with artists’ studios and hip bars springing up apace. Highlights include Gaudi’s Palau Güell mansion, the landmark MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art), and the Filmoteca cinema.

Poble Sec

The leafy streets and shady squares of Poble Sec, part of the Montjuïc district, belie the area’s cutting-edge dining scene. Besides contemporary tapas joints and cool bars, it’s home to the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol), an open-air architectural museum; Mercat de les Flors, a center for contemporary dance; and theaters including BARTS.

Eixample

Barcelona’s most celebrated architect, Antoni Gaudí left a trail of sinuous, organic-seeming buildings across this stylish neighborhood, including La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Casa Batlló. Besides his masterworks, Eixample is home to sleek boutiques and diverse nightlife and hosts the heart of Barcelona’s LGBTQ scene.

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Tapas and Wine Experience Small Group Walking Tour

Tapas and Wine Experience Small Group Walking Tour

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Tuck into tasty tapas and traditional wines on this gastronomic tour of Barcelona. Get the inside scoop on Barcelona’s renowned foodie scene from a local guide and stop along the way to dine at the city’s best tapas bars. At each restaurant, sample an array of delicious Catalan cuisine, taste local specialties like Iberian ham, ‘’ or ‘pan con tomate’ (spicy potatoes, bread, and tomato), and choose from a selection of fine regional wines. You can choose between an afternoon or evening tour and upgrade to include a flamenco show.
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Complete Gaudí Tour: Casa Batlló, Park Guell & Sagrada Família
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Complete Gaudí Tour: Casa Batlló, Park Guell & Sagrada Família

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This is the ideal tour for travelers looking for a comprehensive Gaudi experience. Save hours researching where to find the best examples of Gaudi’s work by having a guide to lead the way. On your action-packed day, visit Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Park Guell, and Sagrada Família. Conveniently, all tickets are included so you won’t have to wait in long visitor lines. Headsets are provided too, so you’ll hear your guide's commentary loud and clear.
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Small-Group Food and Wine Tour in Barcelona with a Sommelier

Small-Group Food and Wine Tour in Barcelona with a Sommelier

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Barcelona is the gastronomic center of Catalonia and this food, wine, and cava tasting tour offers the perfect introduction. Explore Barcelona’s vibrant neighborhoods, merge yourself in its great Mediterranean culinary heritage by the hands of a professional sommelier who guides you among the countless flavors of wine and cava, perfectly paired with delicious tapas, regional tastings, and fusion delicacies.
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Barcelona Gothic Quarter Morning Walking Tour

Barcelona Gothic Quarter Morning Walking Tour

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Immerse yourself in the atmospheric streets of Barcelona's beautiful Gothic Quarter during this 2-hour morning walking tour. Explore the incredible architecture, bustling bars, trend-setting boutiques and mouth-watering tapas bars that give this famous neighborhood its unique charm, as you explore the area on foot. During your trip you'll have the chance to see the medieval Placa del Rei (Royal Palace), the Temple d'August and the city's Roman remnants and the Palatine chapel of Santa Agata. This morning walking tour also includes multiple language options.
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Small-Group or Private Barcelona Tapas Tour with a Local

Small-Group or Private Barcelona Tapas Tour with a Local

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Indulge in the fine art of eating tapas—Spanish-style small dishes—and experience Barcelona like a local. An in-the-know guide takes you to vibrant tapas bars and bodegas in neighborhoods like El Raval and Poble Sec. Four glasses of wine or aperitif are included with your tapas. By the end of the tour, you will distinguish your 'banderillas' from your 'pintxo,' even if you can't pronounce them! Numbers are limited to 12 people for a small-group experience.
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Born to Eat: Gourmet Tapas & Wine Small Group Tour in Old Barcelona

Born to Eat: Gourmet Tapas & Wine Small Group Tour in Old Barcelona

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Eat like a local and indulge in traditional dishes and drink during this half-day, guided, food and walking tour in the El Born district. Visit bodegas, rustic bars, and tapas restaurants and learn about the city’s history, culture, and politics spanning from medieval to modern times. See how food and culture have been intertwined throughout the city’s history and visit a traditional wine bodega for a Cava tasting.
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