Barcelona is one of the most special cities of the world. Not only for his Sacred Family or for the House Batlló. The count city is full of jewels, some more hidden than different and you will have to visit her more of once to discover magic corners in each of your visits. One of them is undoubtedly the Raval, a colouring and central neighborhood full of life, with a very particular character that it turns into one of the neighborhoods more cool of the city. It is placed in the center of Barcelona, for what, if you travel in plane up to the count city, in our buses of Aerobús only approximately 35 minutes will be enough to you to come. And for more comfort, we propose you to buy your ticket with only a click.
A multicultural neighborhood
His name comes from the Arab to – rabal, that means the suburbs. Now it is placed in the same center, but former, the Raval was staying out of the medieval wall of the city and, therefore, it was a question of an eminently agrarian zone. The neighborhood framed by The Rambla, the street Pelai, the Round Sant Antoni, the Paral-lel and Sant Pere’s Round, was surrounded by the fortifications of the city until 1859.
It is a question of a special neighborhood where they coexist past and present of amazing form. With a past marked by the presence of Sant Pau’s monastery of the Camp, several convents and institutions of charity and hospitals of the city, especially for question of space since it had more than inside the city.
The former Barri Xino (Chinese Neighborhood) inhabitant of Barcelona has been renewed to turn into one of the most dynamic zones and with the best cultural and artistic offer of the city, with almost 20 museums and cultural equipments. No other neighborhood of the city can equalize similar characteristic. And all that without losing this transgressor’s point that has had from always.
The Raval is an authentic labyrinth of alleys presided by the Ravine, the street Pelai, the Paral-lel and the rounds Universitat, Sant Pau and Sant Antoni that form the neighborhood denser filled with Barcelona where they are represented nothing less than 60 nationalities.
With his great urban space, heritage of skater, the opening of the Ravine, the creation of the Film library of Catalonia in 2012 and the futurist hotel Barceló, the Raval has managed to give cover to new shops, bars and curious and modern restaurants that contribute another color to the neighborhood and that are mixed by the traditional trade of small workshops, places and trades.
The style of the Raval
For those followers of the mode, the Raval I fill completely this one of boutiques that offer a mixture of brands of design of high range and creations as you will not be able to find in any other part of the world. If you want to go to the last one or to be one more victim of the style vintage, here you will feel like in the paradise.
The Raval is full of shops of the second hand, with suits of epoch and retro. These boutiques include The Swing, which specializes itself in accessories of epoch of Dior and Chanel. The shops Grain and Felj offer sports clothes and suits retro of the age mod.
To eat in the Raval
Other one of the things that you cannot forget to do in the Raval is to enjoy his gastronomy. It is the home of some of the best bars of lids of the city, beside possessing infinity of places of ethnic and experimental food. The Jardí is one of these sites that deserve an obliged visit, placed in the former court of Sant Pau’s Antic Hospital. Other one of the characteristic ones is the Bar Cañete, a famous Andalusian for his tortilla done in house, as well as his atmosphere that he remembers to the south of Spain.
The Raval is capable of mixing cultures and show restraint of diverse cultures to do of this neighborhood an international and cosmopolitan place at the time that his own personality preserves. A neighborhood full of captivation that undoubtedly uses as inspiration for other cities that look for a change of image in his neighborhoods.