Barcelona Neighborhoods

There are 73 Barcelona neighborhoods and a total of 10 districts.

L'Eixample

This Barcelona neighborhood is a grid of streets that occupies much of the city center, it consists of 6 districts and was designed by Ildefonso Cerdá.

This is where you will find the busiest streets and squares of all Barcelona's neighborhoods.

It can be divided into into two parts, the left Eixample and the right Eixample, in both there is a lot to see.

The Sagrada Familia, one of Spain's most visited tourist attractions is on the right.

How do you like the amazing transformation? It is a must, not to be missed.

If you walk up Avenida Gaudí with its trendy shops, bars and restaurants, you will end up at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, although it isclose to the Basilica it is another Barcelona neighborhood and another point of interest.

Other places of interest in this Barcelona neighborhood are:

  • Plaza de Toros Monumental
  • The Teatro Nacional de Cataluña
  • The Auditorio de Barcelona
  • Casa de les Punxes

Paseo de San Juan divides this Barcelona neighborhood in two.

In the past only the wealthy lived in this area. Taking a walk down this beautiful boulevard is very enjoyable and if you make it to the end you will reach the following Barcelona tourist attractions

The Paseo de Gracia with its many hotels and shops is one of the best known and busiest avenues in Spain. Take a walk starting in the north and head south. You will not get bored with the effervescence of people and the famous brand stores such as Carolina Herrera, Bvlgari, Adolfo Dominguez, Tiffany & Co., Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Roberto Verino, etc ... this is one of the best Barcelona neighborhoods for shopping.

In this district don't miss the great works of modernist architecture Antonio Gaudi, such as Casa Mila also known as La Pedrera and Casa Batllo which is located in the Manzana de la Discordia, which is a set of five buildings designed by different modernist architects, the other buildings being Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Mulleras, Casa Bonet, and Casa Amatller.

Passeig De Gracia

In addition to the numerous art galleries spread throughout the area, there is also a wide range of museums that include the Fundació Antoni Tapies, The Fundació Caixa Catalunya La Pedrera, The Egyptian Museum, The Perfume Museum, The Music Museum, The Geological Museum of the Seminary of Barcelona, Casa Museum Gaudi in Park Guell and the Fundació Suñol etc.

The end of the walk ends with one of the roundest meeting points of the city.... Plaça Catalunya.

CIUTAT VELLA

This is the start of another of Barcelona's neighborhoods, the old town.

Ciutat Vella has four districts, Raval, Gothic, Sant Pere la Ribera Santa Caterina and La Barceloneta and this is where the cities history is concentrated.

There is a lot see when strolling down the world famous Ramblas or you can simply sit and relax on one of the benches and do some people watching, at any time of the day. There are many newsagents, flower sellers, petshops, street singers and actors, painters and artists. It is a great show not to be missed...and it's free!

If your visit coincides with a victory of FC Barcelona, you will see the "Cules" (Barça fans) celebrating at the iconic Font de Canaletes. It is said that if you drink from this fountain you will return to Barcelona, so have a drink, I have no doubt that you will love the city and be back again.

You can also visit the museums in the area like the MACBA, Centre d'Art Santa Monica, the Maritime Museum, the Picasso Museum and many more ...

Going further down to the sea will find several interesting buildings, Sush as the Liceu, The Palacio de la Virreina and the well known Mercado de la Boqueria, it is always packed with people but do go in even if you do not have the intention of buying anything.

You should also visit the Palau Guell which until not so long ago was closed to the public due to the renovation of the building. You can now go into every room and even get to the roof to see the impressive chimneys that are just so Gaudí.

Palau Guell

On the other side of the Ramblas you will find Plaza Real, one of my favorite places. This barcelona neighborhood is packed with pubs, restaurants and music bars.

Despite being in the the center of the Gothic Quarter it is a safe place to visit.

At the end of the Las Ramblas, in front of the Barcelona Port you will find the famous Columbus monument. Erected to honor Christopher Columbus it is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive silhouettes of the city's skyline.

Cristopher Columbus
Port Vell Maremagnum

Other Barcelona tourist attractions to see are:

  • Catedral
  • Plaça del Rei
  • Esglèsia de Santa Maria del Mar
  • Esglèsia de Sant Felip Neri
  • Barrio Judio
  • Palau de la Música
  • Museo Picasso
  • Zoo
  • Parc de la Ciutadella
  • Estació de Francia
Santa Maria Del Mar
Palau De La Musica
Plaza Del Rey
Sant Felipe Neri

Born & Barceloneta

Many people spend their nights out in this neighborhood, besides eating good food in the many different restaurants and bars there is also a great selection of clubs, pubs and music bars and an incredible atmosphere.

Barceloneta is the seaside district of the city, this neighborhood has almost everything.

It has very narrow streets and almost surrounds the port and is placed right on the beach.

This is the place where you can enjoy a very good paella or a great seafood fideuá.

After eating burn off some calories and stroll along the promenade up to the Olympic Village.

Other places to visit in this neighborhood are the Maremagnum and the Palau de Mar.

If you are not afraid of heights take the cable car from the port to Montjuic which has some of the most magnificent viewpoints of Barcelona's neighborhoods.

Barceloneta
Cable Car
Bridge to Maremagnum
Barcelona Face
Port Vell

More to see

Other neighborhoods that you must visit:

  • Gracia the smallest and most bohemian of them all.
  • Les Corts Barcelona's least populous district.
  • Sants-Montjuic the largest district in the city and the third most populous
Gracia

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