With historic neighborhoods full of character, Barcelona is a city meant to be explored slowly.
The Old City, is Barcelona’s oldest district. Barri Gòtic is the oldest section of the old city, and some ancient Roman architecture still remains. It’s also a completely pedestrian part of the city -- so you can walk about freely.
The La Ribera neighborhood boasts some of the best Gothic architecture in the city, including the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar.
In El Raval, take a walk down the famous La Rambla boulevard, which is always lively with flower stalls, street performers, and tourists and locals alike.
Barceloneta has seen a lot of modern development, including a newly opened harbor where you can hit the beach–or the clubs.
When you’re ready to slow down and take a break from the tourists, visit the picturesque neighborhood of Gràcia. Take a walk through Park Güell, or just stroll the streets to admire the architecture, which includes some of Barcelona’s famous modernist buildings.
The Eixample is another neighborhood where you can see great examples of Barcelona’s modernist architecture, including the celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’s greatest work, the Sagrada Familia.
The neighborhoods of Montjuïc and Tibidabo rise above the city and offer stunning views. The best view of Barcelona is from Tibidabo, but, Montjuïc -- on the other hand -- is home to some of Barcelona’s best museums, including the Picasso Museum, The Joan Miró Foundation, and the National Art Museum of Catalonia.
Visit each of these 8 diverse and special neighborhoods for a different taste of Barcelona.