El Raval, Barcelona
Once the seedier side of Barcelona, El Raval is now home to many artists who have injected an aura of vitality and fun.
Plaça Catalunya and Plaça Universitat are within walking distance of the district.
If you’re coming from Plaça Catalunya, Raval is on the right-hand side and nearby is the famous La Boqueria market.
The Museu D’Art Contemporani De Barcelona (MACBA) and the Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB) have helped to regenerate this run down part of the city which borders La Rambla.
Raval has a rich ethnic mix and the area to the south is often referred to as Barri Xino (Chinatown).
The entire area is bordered by Ronda Sant Antoni, Ronda Sant Pau and Avinguda del Paral·lel in the south.
This is where the old 14th century walls stood and Portal de Santa Madrona (an old wall and gate) are remnants of the old wall and part of the Naval Museum.
New hotels and restaurants such as Casa Camper are the result of the urban regeneration of the area.
There are many more lovely districts in Barcelona which are within walking distance of Raval.
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