Composed of 4 neighbourhoods: Barri Gotic, El Born, El Raval and Barceloneta. It is the old city of Barcino, full of history. It is also the area of the city with the highest tourist load, although it also has the most museums, palaces, emblematic places and, above all, charisma.
The Eixample took place the destruction of the walls in the IXX century. Taking advantage of the plain, between the old walled city and the surrounding towns, the five neighbourhoods of the Barcelona Eixample district were created: The Fort Pienc, Sagrada Familia, Dreta de l’Example (Known as “Golden Square”), The Old Left, The New Left and Sant Antoni.
The Ensanche was built according to the Plan Cerda, which designed exactly the same building blocks, giving rise to the famous ordered appearance of the entire Ensanche (Eixample) from Barcelona.
The last great transformation of Barcelona that supposed its international projection
was the 1992 Olympic Games, without which Barcelona would never have been what it is today.
This transformation, together with the establishment of the 22 @ and the Forum of Nations, finished remodelling the industrial zone that had come unless there was this district, leaving as the proof of this past many chimneys. Of course, the neighbourhoods closest to the sea have been seen, benefited f
or some and left to real estate speculation for others, but in any case, transformed from what they were.
Gracia, together with its neighbourhoods, formed an independent village in Barcelona, separated from the city by agricultural fields. After the old walls of the city fell, Barcelona expanded until La Villa de Gracia became part of the city. Few imagine that the “Paseo de Gracia” that we know nowadays, with its 5-star hotels and luxury shops, was the old road that linked the Villa de Gracia where the farmers who supplied agricultural products to the old city of Barcelona circulated.
Today you can breathe a bohemian atmosphere related to the artistic world. It is full of terraces and at night it is usual to go for a few drinks. But the best thing about this area is that it also maintains its traditional character, making this neighbourhood a unique place.
It deserves to do a remark concerning its local parties that take place 1 week during the month of August in which the entire neighbourhood is decorated and the decoration of its streets leave the locals and tourists open-mouthed. Yes, that week do not plan to sleep, since the party is on the street with concerts all night long all around.
Known as the upper area of Barcelona next to Pedralbes (District corresponding to Les Corts district) both for its geographical location and the economic capacity of its inhabitants.
Former summer resort of the Barcelonese bourgeoisie is currently a residential area of well-off families and posh people of the city.
Both Sant Gervasi de Cassoles and Sarrià were former independent municipalities of Barcelona (as well as Gracia and Sants).
Sants, like other neighbourhoods of Barcelona as we have seen, was also an independent municipality of Barcelona being annexed at the end of the 19th century.
Next, to Montjuïc and Zona Franca (the other two neighbourhoods that make up this district) form the natural limit of the city on the west side.
Within this district is the Parallel Avenue, whose layout coincides with a land parallel. Separates the Poble Sec of Raval and Sant Antoni, and was a reference for leisure and entertainment until the 70s, hosting a huge number of theatres, cabarets and all kinds of shows, of which there is only a dozen at present.
In its heyday, it could have been considered a West End or Broadway. Unfortunately, today, all this is already history.
Known for the famous football stadium, Can Barça, known worldwide asCamp Nou. Formed by the neighbourhoods of Pedralbes, which is physically separated by Avenida Diagonal and also marking a notable difference between its neighbours at Les Corts and La Maternidad and San Ramón, the other two neighbourhoods that integrates the district of Les Corts.
The district of Nou Barris, which owes its name to being the ninth district formed in Barcelona, is characterized by being one of the main areas of reception of the strong foreign immigration flow since 2000, due to the relatively lower price of the housing in the district, significantly transforming the ethnic composition and the network of the neighbourhoods. Currently, the district of Nou Barris is in continuous economic growth over other districts of Barcelona. It is estimated that 14.5% of its population is foreign.
Sant Andreu is the best option if what you are looking for is something authentic due to its distance to the centre of Barcelona. Its marked family atmosphere will make you forget that you are in the second largest city in Spain. With a certain similarity to the Barrio de Gracia both for its agricultural origin as for its pedestrian streets and tranquillity.
It has a quiet residential centre, with beautiful houses and little squares everywhere. However, it also has industrial areas that give it a bleak air that little by little is regenerating, waiting for the La Sagrera station to open with the arrival of the AVE in this neighbourhood, which will transform it.
Located northeast of Barcelona, between valleys, such as the Val d’Hebron (Former Val d’Horta) and hills, in addition to the Collserola mountain range, Horta-Guinardó is the third largest district in Barcelona. It also has a rural past and abundant vegetation.
Enjoy incredible views from the many viewpoints offered by its neighbourhoods, such as the “Tres Turons” mountain range.
Due to its distance from the centre of the city, its industrial and demographic growth was slow, and traditionally it was closely linked to the abundance of water in the area, such as washerwomen at the beginning of the 20th century.