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There are many different sides to Barcelona: the Barcelona with its traditional neighbourhoods, the Gothic, modernista and contemporary city… but there is also a green Barcelona, the Barcelona of parks and gardens. You’ll find them dotted around the city. These green spaces are always interesting, whether it be for their plants, urban design or sculptures.
Barcelona never sleeps. The city has set the benchmark for the international electronic music scene and dances to the sounds of the world's top DJs. It's also the perfect place for lovers of jazz, rock, Latin rhythms and pop.
The word Raval, which comes from the Arabic Rabad, means neighbourhood or district. Once home to a cluster of convents and hospitals in Barcelona, the Raval has become a multicultural mosaic where the mix of modernity and the past of the former Barrio Chino, have made it a pole of attraction for people from all over the world.
Across the Via Laietana from the Barcelona Cathedral is a maze of bustling, narrow streets. This is the city's medieval Santa Caterina and Sant Pere neighbourhood where, among other things, you'll find the modernista masterpiece: the Palau de la Música Catalana.
The streets of the Barceloneta in Ciutat Vella district are arranged like corridors running parallel and perpendicular to the Port de Barcelona, and draw us into a world of modest buildings, with balconies displaying clothes hanging out to dry and small ground-floor restaurants and tapas bars, filled with chatter and noise, and permeated by the constant smell of the sea.
The old harbour, Barcelona's Port Vell, which stretches from the Columbus Monument to the Barceloneta, offers endless possibilities to enjoy your leisure time, such as L'Aquàrium or Maremàgnum, amongst others. Following a long historic process, the Port Vell, with its landmark buildings and monuments, now gleams like one of the most valuable pearls on the Mediterranean coast.
There are a hundred different ways to discover the Parc de la Ciutadella. You can explore the history of the former military citadel and the 1888 Universal Exhibition, or simply enjoy the surroundings and take part in one of its many cultural events. Barcelona's public park par excellence will never let you down.
As you explore the narrow streets of the old Barceloneta neighbourhood in Ciutat Vella, you'll discover the charm and atmosphere of a working-class district, which attracts many tourists to its beaches, fine restaurants and bars.
In Barcelona's Eixample neighbourhood, just outside the Quadrat d'Or (Golden Square) heritage district, you'll come across a bustling, lively neighbourhood which is home to two Catalan art nouveau, or modernista, landmarks by Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner: the Hospital de Sant Pau and the church of the Sagrada Família, which attracts thousands of visitors every day and has made the neighbourhood from which it takes its name so famous.
This part of the Eixample district has everything you need. Here you'll find the historic Barcelona University building; modernista landmarks such as the Casa Golferichs; the Parc de Joan Miró, and two important food markets, the Mercat del Ninot and the Mercat Sant Antoni, which give vibrancy and inject life into this Eixample Esquerra neighbourhood.
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