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El Raval does have a reputation as being a little scary and whilst it does look a bit rough and dirty, in places, it is also very interesting. To the west of Las Ramblas, it is full of trendy shops, bars and restaurants, with a...More
I had read up about the Raval neighbourhood in my home town of Liverpool before starting and eighth days holiday to Barcelona, I had read about it being a bit rough and ready but being open minded I thought I would check it out and...More
I used to live in El Raval (on the right side of la Rambla del Raval) and no matter what you read about the district in some travel blogs and guides; be aware that this district got some rough if not dangerous corners during the...More
My hotel is located in this quieter district, which is just the west of Las Ramblas. I visited the Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu and nearby surroundings. Nice to spend a couple of hours exploring this historic neighborhood, with its narrow streets and alleys.
This is where you get most of the immigrant communities with Filipino, Middle East And South Asian people dominating. It is also a hugely up and coming area with lots of trendy foreigners buying places. The mix is amazing and you can have a great...More
This area of Barcelona is both a bit rough and shabby - but still very nice. I guess this is what the 'old' Barcelona looked like before all the tourists came and took over the city. Old buildings, narrow streets and just lot more quiet...More
Raval is the area to the west of las Ramblas and has been known as a rough and unsafe area for a number of years although it seems OK now and there are some good restaurants in the area.Worth a visit as it is different.
We stayed in a hotel in this neighbourhood, so we called it "home". Although minutes from La Rambla, it is not crowded wuth tourists. Lovely allies, lovely shops, nice people, gives you a feeling of real life
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.