Although, until only a few years ago, El Raval in the Ciutat Vella was associated with various marginal acts, for a few years this conception has totally changed. Now, El Raval is considered by many as the neighborhood with the most personality in all of Barcelona. Still do not know what to do in El Raval? We give you 10 great ideas.
10 Things that can only be done in El Raval
1. Enjoy urban art
Murals decorated with street art and skaters, are typical of El Raval. Choose your favorite and take a picture with him.
2. Skating in front of the MACBA
Do not miss visiting one of the most important museums in all of Catalonia. More than 5000 works created from the 1950s to the present. And if you like to skate, do it in front of its facade.
3. Eat in a typical place
The gastronomic offer in El Raval is simply impressive. In fact, some of the best tapas bars in Barcelona are in this neighborhood. Do not forget to visit the Bar Mendizábal, one of the most original bars.
4. Visit the most typical markets of all Barcelona
In El Raval there are the two most emblematic markets in Barcelona: the Mercat Sant Antoni and the Boquería, the largest markets in all of Catalonia and the most visited by tourists. Try a typical dish. The price – super affordable.
5. A different shopping
If you like the alternative, you are in the right place. On Tallers street, only 200 meters away, you can find the most varied shops: gothic shops with handmade dresses … And for the more vintage, the Rieira Baixa street with second-hand clothes from the past decades.
6. Take a picture of yourself in the cat on the Rambla del Raval
Botero’s cat sculpture is a classic among the classics in El Raval. Do not forget to take a picture with him and take a tea with mint in one of the neighbours tea places.
7. Take a rest in the fountain of Santa Eulalia
The fountain of Santa Eulalia is located in the Plaza del Pedró in Barcelona and is the oldest monument in the Raval. nothing more and nothing less than 1673. A source for lovers of history.
8. Visit the Palau Güell
If you like the work of the Catalan genius in the Raval you have to see an outstanding work. An incredible three-storey building with an impressive facade and an interior where the characteristic shapes of the Gaudí style are more than present. But if the interior is wonderful, its terrace is simply amazing, a corner with colorful brittle chimneys and excellent views of the Raval and the rest of Barcelona.
9. Buy an ensaimada in the Forn Mistral
One of the best places in Barcelona to enjoy ensaimadas and croissants made with care. At number 96 of the Ronda de Sant Antoni.
10. Discover the sea at the Contemporary Art Culture Center of Barcelona
And if you liked the MACBA, do not forget to visit the CCCB. Do not forget to see his store and the Pati de les Dones where many say that the sea is reflected.
If you visit Barcelona, Pere Tarrés Youth Hostel is one of the best Hostels in the city, a modern accommodation with an excellent connection to El Raval and the Barcelona Center via the metro line 3 (Green).
El Raval … a neighborhood for lovers of the authentic!