Barcelona with its status as a Mediterranean, historic, cutting-edge, cultural and cosmopolitan city that make it truly special.
Wherever you are in Barcelona, there's always something to see: jewels of Catalan art nouveau, modernisme, and contemporary architecture, markets that are a treat for the senses, ancient Roman buildings and a bustling seafront.
Luckily, Barcelona has something for everyone– the wide, regal streets of the Eixample, the bohemian Gracia neighborhood, the historic old town, and the beach-side Barceloneta. So whether you’re in Barcelona for one night or for a week this guide on where to stay in Barcelona can help you choose the barrio that suits you best!
The Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is one of the city’s most touristed areas. Since many streets are narrow, there isn’t always a lot of natural light that comes into hotel rooms. That said,you can’t beat the location of the Gothic Quarter and the feel of being in this incredibly beautiful neighborhood. There are world-class shops and museums only steps away.
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Steps away from the most touristy stretch of Las Ramblas is the Raval neighborhood, one of the city’s most traditional and multicultural places to visit. Parts of the neighborhood are recently gentrified, with hipster coffee shops and vintage stores at every corner.
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Sant Antoni - Paral Lei - Poble Sec
All are very old and traditional barrios, and while they may not have many famous monuments, they’re great for people watching and, importantly, food! Nowadays these are
also very multicultural areas, which means there are lots of options if you are tired of Catalan cuisine (though how could that happen?!). It is in this part of town that
you’ll find everything from the cities cheapest pintxo bars and vermouth bodegas, to the fanciest restaurants by Albert Adría. Theaters, markets, and cafés are also
scattered throughout the area, and Sant Antoni is home to a new-ish wave of hipster cafés and eateries,
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The “Village of Gracia” was indeed a separate village from Barcelona only a little more than 100 years ago. When the Eixample was built, the village was annexed to
Barcelona, but the locals still consider themselves loyal to Gracia over the big city. This bohemian neighborhood is a paradox for me– on the one hand, you see many
of the signs of traditional Catalan village life, and on the other hand you have the organic bakeries, juice bars and international restaurants you’d find only in a big
city. It’s a wonderful place to stay, still only a 30-40 minute walk (or short metro/taxi ride) from the old town.
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L’Eixample is huge, as it was first built as an expansion from the crowded old town, and hired some of the best city planners in the world for its innovative “super block”
design. Today it’s broken up into separate sections– mainly left and right (Esquerra and Dreta). Either are a great place to stay in Barcelona, lined with the area’s
signature enormous avenues, delicious restaurants, and boutique shops.
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