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Each and every neighborhood in Barcelona has a different vibe and 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, however, we’re highlighting those with the most interesting features, attractions and monuments.
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Top Barcelona neighborhoods
Barceloneta is one of the most famous 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.
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The Eixample is famous for having one of the most dinamic shopping districts. Passeig de Gràcia, Plaça Catalunya have the most exclusive shops, restaurants, nightlife and the most famous Modernista monuments.
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The Gothic Quarter, is one of the most interesting places in Barcelona. This district is made up by a fusion of buildings dating from many different times.
Featuring from Roman settlements to 20th century structures, this neighborhood is one of the most dinamic of the Old City, with plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and monuments.
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El Born is currently one of the trendiest neighborhoods in town. Both for locals and foreigners, its boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants, make it one of the most popular places in Barcelona to go out at night.
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Formerly called the “Manchester of Catalonia“, Poblenou was the main industrial center of Barcelona. During the past few years, it has experienced an intense transformation, with the renovation of the old factories into new office buildings, lofts and art galleries.
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Les Corts thrives with shopping areas and commercial highrises, as well as quiet residential areas.
In fact, some of the most exclusive shops in town are located in the neighborhood, such as L’Illa Diagonal and El Corte Inglés. Camp Nou, one of the most visited and important monuments in Barcelona, is also located in this district.
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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 is one of the most authentic neighborhoods in Barcelona.
Park Güell, one of the biggest Barcelona landmarks, belongs to the Gràcia district.
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Best areas to stay in Barcelona
Finally, 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.
The best tours in Barcelona
Experience the magic and passion of a live flamenco show in Barcelona with front row seats. Enjoy a truly authentic show of this traditional Spanish art in the most intimate setting, with the company of accomplished dancers, guitarists and singers in the heart of Barcelona.
Join this full day guided tour that includes a brunch and wine tasting at the Torres Cellars in the Penedés region, plus the breathtaking landscape of Montserrat and the stunning city of Sitges.
Admire the most famous monument in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia through this 1,5 hour guided tour that includes fast track entrance and visit to the towers for extraordinary views of Barcelona.
Enjoy Girona and Figueres, Salvador Dalí’s hometown in this guided full day tour. Walk through the picturesque streets of medieval Girona and visit the Dalí-Theater Museum in Figueres, the biggest collection of the surrealist artist.
Get the best of Gaudí in Barcelona in one single tour. Experience the creative genius of Gaudí with this 4,5 hour guided tour that includes entrance to Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, plus an exterior visit to La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
Visit one of Barcelona’s most amazing landmarks in this 1,5 hour guided tour of Park Güell. Learn all about this magnificent modernist work by Gaudi, one of the places that make Barcelona a unique city.
Immerse yourself in the magic of Montserrat, one of the most special locations near Barcelona. This morning guided tour invites you to explore this mountain retreat, as well as its monastery, funiculars and mountain paths leading to spectacular views.
Enjoy Barcelona to the fullest with this guided morning tour, featuring the best of Barcelona. Explore the Gothic Quarter, the Gothic Cathedral, Montjuïc, Poble Espanyol and much more.
Experience the magic of the fabulous Girona’s historical center through the scenarios of Game of Thrones. Explore the medieval city, one of the settings of the famous hit TV show, in this 6 hour guided tour from Barcelona.
This 1,5 hour guided tour will give you instant access to Barcelona’s biggest landmark: Sagrada Familia. Enjoy the most impressive architecture and ornaments with a Fast Track entrance, no queues.
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