The old town of Barcelona, also called Ciutat Vella, is composed by 4 main zones: El Raval, Gothic Quarter, La Barceloneta and La Ribera, better known as El Born. Each of these districts has a different character but all share the variety of cultural, dining and nightlife. Is is really easy to find some apartments in Barcelona to rent within the Old Town, as they’re a very popular form of accommodation.

Born in the famous Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas divide the Gothic Quarter from the Raval. The Gothic Quarter, with its narrow streets and stone walls, houses some of Barcelona’s tourist icons:

  • Barcelona Cathedral is Gothic and is dedicated to Santa Eulalia, one of the patrons of Barcelona, along with La Merce. The Cathedral Square houses some markets during the year, as the Fair of Santa Lucia Fair Christmas items.
  • El Portal del Angel is primarily a shopping street where you’ll find big stores of famous brands. This street is always full of people and makes its way through other small commercial streets Portaferrisa or carrer de la Boqueria.
  • The Plaza Real is a square surrounded by arches where we can find some of the most emblematic bars in the evenings draw thousands of tourists who love the nightlife.
  • Plaza Sant Jaume is located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and crossed by the famous Ferrán street, the square  is home to two of the most important administrative buildings in the city: the Ajuntament de Barcelona and the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

El Raval de Barcelona is one of the areas hosting the largest number of immigrants from around the world, so that the mixture of cultures is very wide. This neighborhood was once the red district, but retains much of its bad reputation. In the last decade the city has made an effort to rescue the district that currently houses the famous MACBA, the contemporary art museum of Barcelona. In this area you’ll find a lot of bars and clubs for all tastes and all styles. If you walk around here tduring he day you should not miss the famous Mercado de la Boqueria, perhaps the most famous markets in Barcelona.

La Barceloneta was formerly a fishing village, with narrow streets and blocks are very short. The Barceloneta beach is where most tourists decide to go for a swim. It is located next to Port Vell (Old Harbour) and home to, among others, a market, a library, a hospital and many bars and restaurants on the beach. If you come to Barcelona in the summer would be a good idea to rent an
apartment in La Barceloneta and enjoy the sun, sand and one of the best locations in Barcelona.The district of La Ribera, Santa Caterina and Sant Pere, better known as El Born, is perhaps the most fashionable of the old districts of Barcelona . The neighborhood is divided into three sections:

  • La Ribera is the area that is closest to La Barceloneta and adjacent to Passeig Picasso and Parc de la Ciutadella. Here you’ll the Estació de França, Passeig del Born – with its many bars and restaurants-, the Plaza de les Olles and the famous Cathedral of the Sea.
  • Santa Caterina is the most central area of the district and gets its name from the famous Santa Caterina market, where you can find some great places to sample the local cuisine. Here you’ll also find the famous Princesa Street with its many bars and Montcada Street, housing the Picasso Museum and the Textile Museum.
  • Sant Pere is the at the top of the neighborhood, it borders Plaza Urquinaona and where you can find the famous Palau de la Musica Catalana, as well as many little bars and hidden among the narrow streets that characterize this neighborhood.

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