The most popular neighborhoods of Barcelona

By January 30, 2023Barcelona
most popular neighborhoods Barcelona

Are you thinking of coming to visit the city of Barcelona? If so, you’re lucky today! In this article, from Our Guide Barcelona we tell you which are the most popular neighborhoods of Barcelona with a light description, in future blogs we will go into each one of them to find the most interesting places and corners.

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What are the most popular neighborhoods in Barcelona?

1. Gothic Quarter

The so-called Barri Gòtic (in Catalan), or also Gothic Quarter of the city, is the oldest area of the Catalan capital. It is located in the heart of the old town of Barcelona.

It houses many points of interest in the city, including the Cathedral of Barcelona, the statue of Christopher Columbus, the Portal de l’Àngel, as well as the City Hall or the Palau de la Generalitat. The most famous street in the city, Las Ramblas, delimits this neighborhood to the south.

In addition, in this magnificent neighborhood you will find dozens of pedestrian streets full of shops of all kinds and numerous tapas bars.

2. Barceloneta

It is the old fishing district of Barcelona, and has one of the best known beaches in the city, with which the neighborhood shares its name.

Without a doubt, this neighborhood is one of the most visited in the summer months due to its main tourist attraction: the beach. It is common to see people playing sports such as beach volleyball, or running along the beach, as well as street vendors offering drinks throughout the day.

3. El Born

It is a neighborhood located north of the Gothic Quarter, a few years ago became a meeting point for young people, due to its original and cozy premises and the buildings that surround them. It also has an original offer of small craft shops.

If you want to visit this neighborhood you can not miss the basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, the Santa Caterina market or visit the Picasso Museum, which has more than 4000 works by the famous artist. The limit of the Born to the north is the historical park of the city: Parc de la Ciutadella.

4. Eixample District

The Eixample is one of the nine districts of the city, which in turn is divided into different neighborhoods, although the physiognomy of the whole district is the same. Together with Ciutat Vella district they make up the busiest and most visited of the whole city. It is the area that presents an urban distribution in the form of a grid and that makes up the bulk of Barcelona.

It has wide streets of the same width and wider streets to break the monotony of the grid, The main street of the Eixample is the Paseo de Gracia, with all its luxury shops and the famous houses of Gaudí. Likewise the Sagrada Familia, the most visited work of the city, which is in the Dreta del Eixample (rigth hand side of Eixample) neighborhood.

5. Gràcia district

The Barrio de Gràcia is located north of the city center of Barcelona, located about 10 minutes by car from the historic center of the city, the Gothic Quarter. The main tourist attraction of this neighborhood is the surrealist Parc Güell, also designed by Antonio Gaudí, as well as the Sagrada Família. Its squares and pedestrian streets and the familiar and at the same time trendy atmosphere of its shops and its people are also very attractive.