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Districts of Barcelona

What are the most popular districts in Barcelona?

Written by Christine

Barcelona is divided into 10 unique and distinct districts. This not only breaks the city into smaller sections but also gives each district its own culture and identity. But what are the most popular districts of Barcelona? If you’re visiting the city or deciding where to live, you should know that the most popular districts in Barcelona are Eixample, Ciutat Vella, and Sant Martí, for various reasons. Read on to learn a little more about what makes these places be the favorites among both locals and tourists alike.


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Eixample is a beautiful area of the city which includes some of the most popular attractions and iconic monuments in Barcelona. This district lies in the center of Barcelona, above Ciutat Vella and below the district of Gràcia. Running through the heart of Eixample is the famed Passeig de Gràcia, a long thoroughfare that houses some of Barcelona’s most exclusive shopping and is home to some of Gaudí’s most famous works like Casa Batlló and Casa Milà. At the end, you will come to Plaça Catalunya, one of the most visited places in Barcelona. Another monument that should not be missed in Eixample is La Sagrada Família, possibly the most recognized building in Barcelona and an icon of the city. With so much to see and do, no wonder Eixample is so popular!

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Ciutat  Vella

Ciutat Vella, or “Old City,” includes neighborhoods like the Gothic Quarter, El Raval, and Barceloneta. This is the historical center of Barcelona, as many of the buildings here have been standing for centuries and tell the stories of Barcelona’s past. One of the most important monuments in this district is the Barcelona Cathedral, whose history dates all the way back to the year 599. In the area surrounding the cathedral, you can find many other historical buildings, restaurants, and plenty of shopping spots. On the outer edge of the district, you will find the city’s most popular park and recreational area, Parc de la Ciutadella. Here you can take a leisurely stroll, rent a boat, and have a lovely picnic after a day of sightseeing. Check out Ciutat Vella to get a sense of Barcelona’s history and culture.

Related article: Rent a bike in Ciutat Vella

Sant Martí

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Sant Martí is bordered by Eixample and Ciutat Vella and includes several kilometers of beautiful beaches. This district is especially popular in the summer due to the proximity the seafront and the great nightlife in the area. The neighborhood of Poblenou is home to many bars and restaurants that offer a variety of cuisine and great ambiance. If you like shopping, then look no further than Diagonal Mar, a huge mall that offers shopping, dining, a movie theater, and beauty services. Sant Martí is popular because it’s not quite in the center of the city but you can still have a great experience with all of the amenities.

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About the author


Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

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