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.
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It is not at all uncommon to come across a gothic themed store or a local second-hand shop selling all kinds of items. The same is true with music shops that are specialised in different music genres, always with a popular touch. Speaking of shopping, there are all kinds of goods you can find in El Raval. In fact, the most popular markets in the entire Barcelona are situated in El Raval. La Boqueria, (which we have already referred to in detail on other occasions) in addition to the no less broad San Antonio market are the must-see places in this neighbourhood.
However, it would be inaccurate to limit the charm of El Raval to its more customary expressions. This is also the place where it is possible to find el Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona) or (CCCB). This cultural centre is open to all kinds of artistic and intellectual exhibitions and complements the essence of this neighbourhood perfectly. Another such site is the el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) or (MACBA).
As a final touch to an experience that's certainly impossible to explain in detail, the stroll along la Rambla will reveal the most cosmopolitan face of the neighbourhood. Most of the restaurants and fashion shops are located in the centre of this district. If you want to be seduced by the magic of El Raval in Barcelona, Engel & Völkers will find you the best real estate options in this area and its surroundings.