Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, and the largest along the European Mediterranean coastline, has to be seen in the flesh to be fully appreciated.
Brimming with history and heritage, this superb city has both a wonderful atmospheric old town center, and a more contemporary and ultra-modern surrounding area with beautiful blend of stunning architecture.
Barrio Gotic - The Gothic Quarter - Its real heart of this superb city.
Extraordinary place of beauty and wonderment.
Walk down its typically narrow streets and find yourself at an opening onto a huge open plaza, such as the celebrated Placa Reiel, with its beautiful fountain and palm trees.
El Raval Barrio has its own unique characteristic that makes it a must for the seasoned tourist, but be on your guard. The area does have a reputation and pickpockets are known to operate here.
However, it is unique with its own blend of bars, cafes and privately owned clothes shops where you'll discover some wonderful one-off designer clothing.
It has a character all of its own and is busy both day and night. If you can find lodgings in this particular Barrio, there are two splendid fresh food markets nearby.