When people think of Barcelona, it is very likely that the images of Sagrada Familia, Güell Park, or la Casa Batlló come to their mind. However, Barcelona is home to many more places that may be less known, but are no less interesting. Therefore, this time, we want to dedicate this article to talking about the coolest neighbourhoods throughout Barcelona. You may have already heard about some of them, but it is also very likely that you haven't head of some others.
El Raval district has undoubtedly become the most interesting alternative in Barcelona. Its central location, its bright colours and strong character make many people choose this place as their favourite destination in Barcelona. The popular streets of La Rambla, Pelai, Ronda de Sant Pere and Sant Antoni are full of bars, restaurants and art exhibitions.
But, in addition to above, it also benefits from a variety of the best 'boutiques' in the world that delight lovers of fashion. In fact, it is even possible to acquire retro costumes and vintage clothing in a variety of establishments. There are many tapas bars and small hotels, some of which have facades of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. These ancient buildings benefit from an interior that's full of luxury and modernity.
El Raval is probably Barcelona's epicentre of leisurely offers and activities. However, the Gràcia district is not be far behind. The main axes of this area are specifically, the Rambla del Prat, Verdi, Astúries, Torrent de l'Olla and Travessera de Gràcia streets. These streets are most often full of tapas bars and restaurants with very alternative types of entertainment including cinemas, discos with great music and excellent shopping. There are also many design studios and architecture abound. In short, a place where tradition meets modernity.
Many tourists, when they come to Barcelona, have no idea where Esquerra de l'Eixample is or what it offers. However, when you spend a day at this place, you will discover an area of Barcelona that's really interesting in many ways. While it has a variety of residential areas with large blocks of apartments, there are many local businesses among the most exclusive shops. In addition, it is a place that attracts the most creative representatives in the world of design.
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