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Barcelona’s Top Barrios to Discover On a Visit To The City

Barcelona is one of Europe’s most appealing city breaks and for very good reason. The city is a vibrant mix of historical and cultural highlights that have visitors falling in love with it straight away. Barcelona’s neighbourhoods, or barrios as they are better known, are definitely part of its appeal. If you are visiting the city this year, below are five top barrios to explore whilst there.

Gothic Quarter

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Originally a Roman village, the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona has to be one of the most charming barrios in the city. The area’s narrow streets and towering architecture will literally take your breath away. On Bishop’s Street, for instance, can be found the Pont del Bisbe or Bishop’s Bridge, an impressive neo-Gothic bridge.

The Gothic Quarter is also famous for its lively arty cafes and bars if you’re looking for somewhere to have a few drinks in come evening.

El Born

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El Born’s medieval architecture, winding streets, interesting street life and hipster cafes will keep you occupied for hours. The creative hub that is El born has a never-ending array of lively plazas, street art and colour. A lesser-known part of Barcelona, expect to find locals sipping on coffee in the area’s pretty plazas.

Find somewhere to stay near El Born and live like a local for the weekend.

El Raval

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El Raval is a popular urban district of Barcelona, filled with cultural contrasts, street life and pops of colour. Home to the Museo d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, or MACBA, and Gran Teatre del Liceulots of visitors flock to the area to soak up its rich culture.  

El Poblenou

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El Poblenou came of age during the 1982 World Olympics and has been a busy barrio ever since. Expect to find a wonderful mix of beaches, modern architecture and lots of great personality in this unique part of the city. The area’s eccentric yet intriguing cemetery is well worth a look around. 

Expect a different perspective of the city when visiting El Poblenou.



Barceloneta is best known for its strip of beach. Come summer, the area provides a perfect respite from the city’s busy streets. After a day at the beach, wander along the coastal boardwalk and watch skaters show off in front of you. Not too far away are also cute bars for sangria and tapas as you watch the sun set. 

Stay near Barceloneta for easy access to the sea and sand.

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