This city Map of Barcelona shows the ten districts which make up the city. Each is further divided into smaller neighborhoods or Barri. The oldest part of Barcelona is found in the Ciutat Vella district, while the Eixample district is home to upscale homes, shops and numerous examples of the architecture of Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona's favorite son. The main train station, Estacion de Sants is located in the Sants Montjuic district, and the Barcelona Airport is located to the West of Sants Montjuic, just off this Barcelona Map.
Ciutat VellaThe oldest and most central district in Barcelona, the neighborhoods of Cituat Vella are the most popular destination for new arrivals and tourists. Its name means “Old City” (in Catalan) and it consists of four smaller neighborhoods. The main boulevard, Las Ramblas, runs down the center of the Cituat Vella district, from Place de Catalunya to the Old Port (Port Vell). On the East side of Las Ramblas is the Barri Gotic and to the West, El Raval.
Barri GoticThe “Gothic Quarter” is a confounding maze of narrow medieval streets dating back to Roman times. Numerous hidden plazas and landmarks reward the persistence of those who want to explore this neighborhood. Barcelona's great gothic cathedral, as well as numerous museums, shops, restaurants and nightspots can be found here.
El RavalTraditionally known for its seedy bars, nightlife, and cabarets as well as the notorious red-light area, Barri Xines, El Raval had an unsavory reputation. But in recent years it has begun cleaning up its image and has become somewhat safer. Today the neighborhood is popular among artists and recent immigrants who enjoy its trendy bars and restaurants. Barcelona's most famous market, La Boqueria, is located here.
BarcelonetaThis area was originally inhabited by fisherman and the neighborhood still retains the atmosphere of a seaside village. Barceloneta is home to one of Barcelona's liveliest beaches as well as some of the best seafood restaurants to be found in the city. At night the seaside booms to the sound of the numerous, lively beachside bars and cafes that are found here.
La Ribera / El BornDuring the Middle Ages La Ribera (the shore) was known as Barcelona’s wealthiest neighborhood. Handsome medieval mansions line the narrow streets; one of them is home to the popular Picasso Museum. Today the area closest to the sea remains affluent and lively. Fashionable bars, galleries, shops and restaurants can be found here, especially along the main thoroughfare, “Passeig del Born”, which has led to the area near the seafront being referred to simply as “El Born”.
EixampleBarcelona's most populous district, Eixample (the Extension) is a fashionable residential area where many of the city's most expensive shops, hotels, restaurants and nightspots can be found. The uniform grid pattern of the streets, as well as the Art Nouveau (Modernista) architecture that can be found throughout the neighborhood are the hallmarks of this district. Some of the best known works of the famous local architect, Antoni Gaudi, can be found along the principal boulevard, the Passeig de Gràcia, and farther to the East, his famous Church of the Sagrada Famila. Parc Miro is located on the Western edge of this district.
Sants-MontjuicThis district consists of the quiet, centrally located residential nieghborhood, Poble Sec, and is also home to the main international train station, Estacio Sants, as well as the Montjuic neighborhood.
MontjuicBarcelona's largest collection of parks and gardens can be found in this hilltop neighborhood, along with most of the facilities used in the 1992 Olympic Games, five museums, the Poble Espanyol (a village showcasing different Spanish architectural styles), and the Castell de Montjuïc; a 17th century French fortress. The hilltop is accessible by bus, funicular, or cable car from the Port.
Les CortsPrimarily a residential district and the location of the University of Barcelona. Much of the area is very modern with large residential housing blocks.
Sarria Sant GervasiA residential area whose narrow streets and picturesque houses give it the feel of a small village. The Collserola mountain area, with its views over the city, is popular for running, walking and biking.
GraciaAn up and coming area located just to the North of Eixample. Gaudi's popular Parc Güell and the Plaça del Sol are located in this district. Elsewhere the district is home to traditional styled residential homes and unique shops and boutiques. The district's nightlife, is centered around Carrer Verdi, where trendy bars and restaurants popular among students and the Bohemian set attract revelers from all over Barcelona.
Horta GuinardoAn outlying district that was developed in the 1950s, it is notable for its high rise apartment buildings. The area has good public transportation links to central Barcelona, via subway or bus.
Nou BarrisAn outlying residential area with a large working class immigrant population. Access to the center of Barcelona is good via bus or subway.
Sant AndreuLarge outlying, primarily residential area.
Sant MartiThis large district is bordered by the Mediterranean sea on the South, and Ciutat Vella on the West is newly chic and is home to the quiet, cosy Poble Sec neighborhood with its narrow 18th century streets and quiet neighborhood restaurants and dives, as well as the trendy and desirable El Poblenou neighborhood.
El PoblenouThe gentrified New Village neighborhood is popular among a young crowd of artsy types and professionals. Formerly an industrial area, many of the old factories have been converted into galleries, shops, studios and lofts. The Vila Olimpica (Olympic Village) also located in this neighborhood. Designed by internationally renowned architects and artists, this area of residences and parks was built for the 1992 Olympic Games and then the apartments were sold as private residences. The result is an extremely popular area of modern residences, green spaces, beach front, shopping centers, cinemas, restaurants, bars and discos.
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