In the life of cities, just like any other social entity, it is possible to distinguish many cyclical phases of boom and decadence that occur without an apparent purpose. The emerging and falling neighbourhoods are characterised according to their offerings. Barcelona's El Raval district has for many years been subjected to neglect, but there is now no denying the recent transformation of this neighbourhood. Today, it is one of the most picturesque and attractive districts of Barcelona and clearly shows all its charm.
El Raval is located in the Old Town of Barcelona, near the monumental Barrio Gótico with which it is connected to. The location is the first major incentive to approach this part of the city, as it is situated just a short distance from Plaza de Cataluña and la Rambla. The streets are a fine example of the residents' social life as it's possible to find passersby from every conceivable corner of the world chatting with the locals. A cultural fusion is also expressed in this neighbourhood's shops.