As a travel writer based in Barcelona, I often get asked about the different areas of Barcelona, and which are best to stay in.
Ciutat Vella is one of the more frequented areas of Barcelona. The Name of the District actually translates as “Old Town” because this is a very old part of the city. The area consists of la Rambla and The street Laietana and is divided into three neighborhoods: Raval, The Gothic Quarter and Borne, with another linked neighborhood of Barceloneta at the port. When traveling through Barcelona you should spend a lot of time in the Ciutat Vella, there is so much to offer from dining, culture and shopping perspectives, the neighborhoods are perfect places to explore and get to know the city. This is probably the best location to rent an apartment in Barcelona if you are looking for holiday accommodation.
El Raval was once a very poor neighborhood of Barcelona; it now is a cultural mix of people from all over the world. The structures and buildings are very antique and give the neighborhood character. Raval is filled with bars and nightlife; however, it is still a place of prostitution and can be dangerous.
The Gothic Quarter is another old neighborhood of Barcelona with antique buildings and structures. The Cathedral of Barcelona is located in the Gothic Quarter as well as other famous museums and historical sites.
El Borne this once old antique neighborhood has been renovated and transformed into a magnificent part of the city. With restaurants and nightlife illuminating the city, the Borne district is perfect for shopping or dining.
Barceloneta is the area at the end of Cuitat Vella, next to the port. This area was made for all the fishermen and workers who were by the water. This is a great place to get some Catalan specialties, including paella with seafood, or to take a stroll on the beach.
The great thing about Barcelona, is that it is a very accessible city, with well connected public transport, and the main central districts, the port and the beach all within walking distance.
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