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Address: Rambla de Raval, Barcelona, Spain
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A heterogeneous neighborhood.You can encounter here a lot of emigrants,some of them wearing arab traditional cloths.The central area,around Raval street is nice,picturesque.There... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 October 2016
Bucharest, Romania
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Stayed somewhere here which I won't name as it was so noisy at night. The thing is the area is full of wonderful people doing stuff night and day just living their lives. Where the area meets 5 roads is where I stayed. So close to great places such as Bocqueira market, the cat sanctuary. the institute of pharmacy and... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

A heterogeneous neighborhood.You can encounter here a lot of emigrants,some of them wearing arab traditional cloths.The central area,around Raval street is nice,picturesque.There are many adjacent narrow cobbled streets,little restaurants and pubs.After the sunset on some of this streets appear prostitutes and queer people.

Thank zuv
Cork, Ireland
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

A nice place for a walk around the town,full of local people,small shops,few small restaurants.The giant cat was a nice suprise just out of nowhere.Worth seeing for sure and a change to more local culture.

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Thirty years ago, this area was teeming with drug addicts and prostitutes. Now it is home to north Africans, middle easterners and Asians. I didn't feel threatened at all. Lots of fascinating shops to poke through.

Thank SoniaChan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Really loved our stay at the Barcelo Raval but also wandering through the district. It has some really cool vintage and record shops plus artisan jewelers and galleries. Some reviews have mentioned it felt a bit dodgy but you have to be aware of your surroundings anywhere you travel - we were with our 8 year old daughter and never... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Over the years I have been here, this area used to be the one to stay away from if you are a tourist. It used to be laden with prostitutes and criminals and drugs. It is slowly making a change, but it's not quite there yet. It's a great neighborhood, and it's on it's way up. Visit it during daylight... More 

Oksboel, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Raval has been a cosy and idyllic neighborhood, like the other neighborhoods in Barcelona's center. There are small roads, shops, restaurants, squares, oasis. Walking round in Raval is a good experience

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Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

We came across this street by chance whilst walking from Sant Pau del Camp to Las Ramblas. Instead of going straight ahead decided to walk up here. It was raining heavily but there were a couple of market stalls. It is a wide open street with lots of huge palm trees, We really enjoyed the biggest cat sculpture we have... More 

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Porto Alegre, RS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

El Raval is an aweome neighborhood for young people who want to get to know other people and have some drinks at cool bars. This is the alternative barri of barcelona, and is not the safest one, but it's also far from being unsafe.

Thank Ettore A
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

Stayed in the Raval area of Barcelona for a few days and what a fantastic find. Before we travelled we had read that this was a red light district and a bit shady but it turned out to be friendly, value for money and anything but shady. Yes we did see ladies of the night but we also did on... More 

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El Raval
Once a downtrodden corner of downtown Barcelona, this gritty area has seen a cultural resurgence boasting an excellent nightlife and one of the most multi ethnic spots in the entire city. A sense of humble authenticity protrudes from the many independent record stores, second hand shops, and student bars that seem to light up the streets day and night. The rocking epicenter, the MACBA Plaça, is a modern day forum for bohemian youth, abuzz with the sights and sounds of late-night gatherings and talented skateboarders showing off their latest tricks.
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