Barcelona Barrios Guide
Oh Barcelona... you're so sexy, cultured and cool.
This Spanish city is composed of several distinct barrios (neighborhoods), making it one of the most eclectic cities in the world. Navigating can be a bit overwhelming so here are six neighborhoods with the best sights for Barcelona first-timers and seasoned visitors alike. Read through to the end for an interactive map of all the places I mention (and show) in this post!
+ EL RAVAL & EL BORN
The Gothic Quarter and adjoining El Raval and El Born make up one of the most iconic areas of Barcelona. As the center of the old city it houses loads of historic architecture like the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar (pictured below) with sprinkles of modern architecture like the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.
Sant Marti was not originally at the top of our must visit list, but fortunately we were able to squeeze it in! The Design Museum of Barcelona was a surprising treat from its incredible public grounds and excellent exhibitions (such as a tribute to Massimo Vignelli). We also stared at Agbar Tower which is oddly entrancing, and passed by a beautiful open-aired market.
And finally Barceloneta. Barcelona is greatly loved for have the benefits of a bustling city with access to beautiful beaches. I recommend bringing a light lunch and saving room for sangria and patatas bravas from one of the many nearby restaurants.
Click on the shapes and points below to explore the sights Barcelona has to offer!