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Districts and neighbourhoods of Barcelona

The County of Barcelona was once a Roman city in the Middle Ages. Although its origin of the earliest settlement is unclear, the ruins that were excavated a few years ago suggest that Barcelona dates back to earlier than 5000 BC. The 20th century saw urban renewal throughout the city, showcasing the most distinctive and contemporary buildings. 

The city is currently divided into 10 districts with a new division of 73 neighbourhoods covering an area of just over 100 square kilometres. A total of 1,604,555 inhabitants live in Barcelona. 

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1. Ciutat Vella

The heart of Barcelona is a network of plazas, streets and narrow alleys that are full of history. It is here, where the origins of the city are evident in the architecture and design of its neighbourhoods, which were formerly surrounded by a wall. The ancient citadel, which has been converted into a nice park, is the meeting point for locals and tourists.

The neighbourhoods of Ciutat Vella are:

  • El Raval (1)
  • Barrio Gótico (2)
  • La Barceloneta (3)
  • Sant Pere Santa Caterina i la Ribera (4)
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2. Eixample

On the streets of L'Eixample, you can follow the trail of modernism to discover an artistic transition of an advanced city. The wide streets, octagonal paving and the urban design is perfectly put together to ensure the smooth growth of the city. Among the highlights of this district are La Pedrera, la Casa Batlló, and la Casa Milà buildings.

The neighbourhoods of Eixample are:

  • El Fort Pienc (5)
  • Sagrada Familia (6)
  • Dreta de l'Eixample (7)
  • La Antigua Izquierda del Eixample (8)
  • La Nueva Izquierda del Eixample (9)
  • Sant Antoni (10)
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3. Sants - Montjuïc

This is the district that offers sports and cultural activities in the city, with the most amazing mountain and sea views. Factories have been converted into museums and there are many nightlife areas as well as popular markets. And, of course, this is the place where the emblematic 1992 Olympics were held

The neighbourhoods of Sant - Montjuïc are:

  • Poble Sec (11)
  • La Marina del Prat Vermell (12)
  • La Marina de Port (13)
  • La Font de la Guatlla (14)
  • Hostafrancs (15)
  • La Bordeta (16)
  • Sants-Badal (17)
  • Sants (18)
  • Zona Franca - Port (FP)
  • Parc de Montjuic (PM)
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4. Les Corts

The uptown in ​​Barcelona has traditionally been a distinguished place reserved only for the upper class residents of the city. In fact, for many centuries, it was an independent territory without a municipality and directly dependent on royalty. Currently, Les Corts remains a district with an air of elegance but because of urban growth in the area, it has also welcomed the middle class. The abundance of parks, gardens and green spaces make it a particularly attractive place for families with children.

The neighbourhoods of Les Corts are:

  • Les Corts (19)
  • La Maternidad y San Ramón (20)
  • Pedralbes (21)

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5. Sarrià - Sant Gervasi

This is a small village in the heart of the city. With the exception of Tibidabo Avenue, this area of Barcelona doesn't boast of wide streets and high-rise buildings. The district was chosen as a residence by the Catalan bourgeoisie during the nineteenth century. Most of its imposing modernist houses, palaces and gardens have remained intact until today. This area is also the gateway to the natural park of Collserola, one of the green lungs of the city.

The neighbourhoods of Sarrià - Sant Gervasi are:

Vallvidrera, Tibidabo i les Planes (22)

  • Sarrià (23)
  • Las Tres Torres (24)
  • Sant Gervasi-Bonanova (25)
  • Sant Gervasi-Galvany (26)
  • El Putget i Farró (27)
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6. Gràcia

If I had to search for a single word to describe the essence of Gràcia, it would be cosmopolitanism. This Barcelona district is a mixture of different cultures, lifestyles and trends that have emerged between old farmhouses, manor houses and neoclassical buildings. Those living in Gràcia become part of this great family unit that proudly boasts one of the most popular street festivals in the city. Festa Major de Gràcia is about Catalan tradition and the residents celebrate this every year in mid-August from 15th to 21st.

The neighbourhoods of Gracia are:

  • Vallcarca y los Penitentes (28)
  • El Coll (29)
  • La Salud (30)
  • Villa de Gracia (31)
  • Camp d'en Grassot i Gràcia Nova (32)
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7. Horta - Guinardó

This is the third largest district in Barcelona. Its vast size is largely due to the rural past that has survived to this day in the form of parks, hills, and Tres Turons mountain range. You can still see the old farmhouses that belonged to peasants who were once the only residents of this secluded location. But as the centre of town became urbanised, this district eventually integrated with Barcelona muncipality. 

The neighbourhoods of Horta - Guinardó are:

  • Baix Guinardó (33)
  • Can Baró (34)
  • El Guinardó (35)
  • La Font d'en Fargues (36)
  • El Carmelo (37)
  • La Teixonera (38)
  • Sant Genís dels Agudells (39)
  • Montbau (40)
  • El Valle de Hebrón (41)
  • La Clota (42)
  • Horta (43)
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8. Nou Barris

Meridiana Avenue is the main reference point in this interesting district. It is here that life moves at a much slower pace. Nou Barris is located in the northern part of Barcelona and is one of the 10 districts that was officially divided by Barcelona in 1984. The district attracts urbanites who are looking for a quieter life away from the city centre. 

The neighbourhoods of Nous Barris are:

  • Vilapicina y La Torre Llobeta (44)
  • Porta (45)
  • Turó de la Peira (46)
  • Can Peguera (47)
  • La Guineueta (48)
  • Canyelles (49)
  • Les Roquetes (50)
  • Verdún (51)
  • La Prosperitat (52)
  • La Trinitat Nova (53)
  • Torre Baró (54)
  • Ciudad Meridiana (55)
  • Vallbona (56)
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    9. Sant Andreu

    The cobbled streets and ancient buildings confirm that Sant Andreu is a traditional neighbourhood. The residens know this and boast of their Andreuenc pride through popular festivals that fill the streets with music, colour, and historical representations. So much so that once a year, the residents wake up to the sound of trabucaires, a tradition which commemorates the seventeenth century bandits. 

    The neighbourhoods of Sant Andreu are:

    • La Trinitat Vella (57)
    • Baró de Viver (58)
    • El Buen Pastor (59)
    • San Andrés (60)
    • La Sagrera (61)
    • Congrés i els Indians (62)
    • Navas (63)
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    10. Sant Martí

    This is the fourth largest and second most populated district in Barcelona. It is one of the first neighbourhoods with advanced industries and towering factories. Today, it is a modern district where many international companies have set up their offices here. Most of its buildings are relatively new and the ones close to the sea have spectacular views of the Mediterranean.

    The neighbourhoods of Sant Martí are:

    • El Camp de l'Arpa del Clot (64)
    • El Clot (65)
    • El Parc i la Llacuna del Poblenou (66)
    • La Vila Olímpica del Poblenou (67)
    • Poble Nou (68)
    • Diagonal Mar i Front Marítim del Poblenou (69)
    • El Besós y el Maresme (70)
    • Provençals del Poblenou (71)
    • Sant Martí de Provensals (72)
    • La Verneda y la Paz (73)
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