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Districts of Barcelona

What are the most popular neighbourhoods in Barcelona?

Written by Vicky York

One of the many things we love about Barcelona are the city’s different neighborhoods. Each one is unique and they all have fantastic sights to visit, which means you’ll never get bored. Here is a list of the most popular neighborhoods in the city.

Barri Gòtic

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The Gothic neighborhood is one of the first areas tourists head to. Once the site of the old Roman village which became the foundation of Barcelona today, the Gothic neighborhood offers a mix of old and new. There, you can find Barcelona’s Cathedral and the famous Ramblas, a boulevard a mile long lined with flowers stalls, restaurants and shops. Don’t forget to visit the Boqueria market with spectacular displays of all types of food, a feast for both the eyes and stomach.

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Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

Next to Barri Gòtic is Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera, a romantic and historical part of the city, that covers the area between Via Laietana and Parc de la Ciutadella. Get inspired at the Picasso Museum, enjoy a live concert at the beautiful Palau de la Música Catalana and discover hip restaurants and bars in El Born. El Born Cultural Centre can be found in what used to be the Born market with architectural ruins showing what life used to be like in the city.

Dreta de l’Eixample

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Eixample literally means “extension”. The district has a number of neighborhoods, including the most popular one, Dreta de l’Exiample which connects Gràcia to the centre of Barcelona. The carefully planned grid structure offers open streets coupled with amazing modernist architecture. The main avenue, Passeig de Gràcia, is full of high-end designer stores, five-star hotels and incredible modernist buildings by Gaudí including La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.

Vila de Gràcia

Vila de Gràcia was actually a town separate from Barcelona up until the late 19th century. You still get a sense of being in another town today as you make your way through the narrow streets and squares. This area is well known for its bohemian atmosphere with boutiques, art galleries and bars making it the perfect place to enjoy some tapas and a cold beer in one of its many squares.


Known as the Catalan Manchester, Poblenou has rebranded itself from an industrial hub to a creative one. It is now home to many art galleries, up and coming tech start-ups and cool design spaces. The Agbar Tower welcomes you to the area and you can see some of the city’s best street art here.

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You can’t come to Barcelona and not visit the beach! Barceloneta is a great place for runners and those looking to get active. Soak up the sun, have a picnic, play volleyball and all within easy reach of the city center. Barceloneta is also the best area to try seafood dishes in one of the hundreds of restaurants, and to experience authentic Catalan tapas at one of the many tapas bars that line the streets.

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About the author

Vicky York

Vicky is a UK copywriter and translator based in Barcelona. An avid traveller, festival follower and music lover.

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