Exploring Ciutat Vella, the oldest district of Barcelona and wandering through its different neighbourhoods was an experience that really helped me get a feel of the urban culture of this bustling Catalan city.
Ciutat Vella comprises of four neighbourhoods: La Barceloneta, El Raval, El Gòtic and Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera. It also has La Rambla- the (in)famous avenue that dissects through the old district with El Raval on one side and El Gòtic on the other. This street has always had more than its fair share of petty crime, naive tourists, overpriced products, and unwarranted client solicitation. The seediness continues into the adjacent suburb of El Raval, which gives it a distinctly urban, gritty feel.
FROM THE STREETS OF EL RAVAL
A WALK THROUGH ‘EL BARRI GÓTIC’, OR ‘THE GOTHIC QUARTER’
PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA AND ARC DE TRIOMF
Does this give you enough FOMO to visit Barcelona? If not, check out my other Barcelona post about some of the most stunning architectural examples of Antoni Gaudí- a Catalan master artist who left a special mark on this beautiful city.