One great thing about Barcelona and its neighborhoods, is that each and every single one of them has a different vibe, a different taste and overall a different look. This is due to the fact that in the past many of these Districts used to be towns or small cities separated physically and politically from Barcelona, therefore having their own particular identity.
In total, there are 10 districts in Barcelona, some more bigger and important than others, so we’re highlighting those with the most interesting features, attractions and monuments of each one for the traveller.
Top Barcelona neighborhoods
Barceloneta is one of the most known neighborhoods in Barcelona. The former fishermen’s town forms an inseparable entity with the beach of the same name, and quite frankly, neither one could exist without the other.
The Eixample is famous for having one of the most dinamic shopping districts of the city, Passeig de Gràcia, Plaça Catalunya and Diagonal Avenue have the most exclusive shops, plus a vibrant offer in restaurants, nightlife and the most famous Modernista monuments.
The Gothic Quarter, located in the very center of the Old City, is one of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona. This District is made up by a fusion of buildings dating from many different times, from Roman settlements to 20th century structures, and the overall atmosphere is, you guessed it, gothic-like. This is one the most interesting places to visit in Barcelona.
This quarter is currently one of the trendiest in town, both for locals and foreigners, that swarm around the many boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants. It’s one of the most popular places in Barcelona to go out at night.
Formerly called the “Manchester of Catalonia“, Poblenou was the main industrial center of Barcelona during the 19th century and a working class neighborhood that has gone through an intense transformation in the past decade, with the development of new areas and the replacement and renovation of the old factories and warehouses into new office buildings, cool lofts and art galleries.
Les Corts thrives with shopping areas and commercial highrises, in fact some of the most exclusive shops in town are located in the neighborhood, in Pedralbes Shopping Center, L’Illa Diagonal and El Corte Inglés. Camp Nou, one of the most visited and important monuments in Barcelona, is located in this District.
Gràcia, formerly called the Independent Village of Gràcia, is the smallest District in Barcelona and dates from the 17th century. It was eventually annexed to the Barcelona municipality. Gràcia has a strong personality and it’s one of the most authentic neighborhoods in Barcelona.
Which neighborhood to stay in Barcelona
If you have trouble deciding which is the best neighborhood to find accommodation in Barcelona, be sure to check our section Where to stay in Barcelona, a comprehensive list of attractions and features of every major district of Barcelona.
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