Hope you are excited, planning your trip to Barcelona! Today I want to introduce you about Barcelona neighbourhoods so that you can have a better idea before you decide where to stay in Barcelona.
To make it simple, I have a map here, so that you can easily understand what the city looks like:
As you can see, there’s a star in the middle, that is exactly the center of Barcelona, Plaça Catalunya to be more specific. So if you are deciding where to stay in Barcelona now it depends on you if you want to be in the middle of everything, close to main attractions, walking distance from everywhere, surrounded by restaurants, bars, etc or a bit away. And when I say a bit, it’s because the city is not as big as you may think. So you will be able get almost everywhere by foot even if you are not staying in the heart of the city.
Close to the star we have the old city of Barcelona:
- Gothic is where you will find the most ancient streets & wonderful architecture. The narrow, winding streets create quite a labyrinth. Shopping here is also amazing.
- Born has very good night life, restaurants and bars. Nowadays this is the trendiest and coolest neighbourhood in town as there you can find boutiques and artists crafting.
- El Raval is a controversial area in Barcelona. It’s very interesting and exciting area however it is certainly not the safest or the cleanest.
- Barceloneta is the closest neighbourhood to beach. Popular but away from the hustle and bustle of the heart of the city centre. Full of night life and iconic restaurants.
Be aware that if you are looking for places where to stay in Barcelona, those areas are the most crowded and visited by tourists so I would recommend you to read carefully the reviews of your hotel or airbnb as it is also known for complains regarding noise and parties. Also this is the oldest part of the city so check if there’s elevator in your building, air conditioning, etc.
- Eixample has many bars and restaurants along with modernist architecture. Gaudí’s most famous buildings are there: Sagrada Familia, Casa Milá & Casa Batlló. Here’s
more quiet and modern, so keep that on mind when you decide where to stay in Barcelona.
- Despite the trendy nature of Gràcia, it is also a traditional barrio with narrow streets, which makes a great mix. It’s close to Park Güell and full of great restaurants and bars.
- Poble Nou is a traditional district as well with cafes and tapas bars along Rambla de Poblenou boulevard. Includes Els Encants flea market and the Torre Agbar skyscraper as the main attractions nearby. You have also the not so crowded beaches nearby.
- Sants itself doesn’t have that many attractions and is quite residential however there’s the train station so if you arrive or leave Barcelona by train, this can be a
great choice if you are still deciding where to stay in Barcelona.
- Poble Sec & Sant Antoni not much in the way of tourist attractions in this area but you will find that accommodation prices are lower and the heart of the city centre is only a 10 minute ride.
- Montjuïc is characterised by the fabulous views of the city when you get to the top of the mountain. Tourist attractions include the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, MNAC museum, and Poble Espanyol. If you are too high, maybe you’ll have to move around by taxi as walking up may be a bit hard. Ask before you book if you are going to be able to catch a bus or metro from your hotel.
More or less, those are the main neighbourhoods, according to nearness to tourist attractions. But of course if you find an amazing hotel or Airbnb in any other not mentioned neighbourhood, as I said at the beginning, make sure you will find a metro station in the nearby or a bus. This is very important when you choose where to stay in Barcelona.
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Hope this has been super useful. If you would like to ask me anything, feel free to leave me comment below!