The 5 Best Neighborhoods in Barcelona for Tourists (First Time)
It is the spiritual and secular attraction centre of the city hosting several historic buildings of the Roman Empire a well as Middle-Age monuments. The town’s architectural masterpiece, the Cathedral is the place where Catholic Monarchs received Christopher Columbus after his debut voyage to the New World.
Another must-visit place is the Picasso Museum. It houses numerous collections of the celebrated Spanish artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso. It is lined with beautiful and sometimes-scary mazes of narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets.
It is the most significant and most planned neighbourhood in Barcelona and has much attraction sites to visitors especially architecture and design. The first one is Passeig de Gracia, which has many beautiful types of scenery for architectural lovers from the work of Antonio Gaudi and Pere Falques. They include Casa Mila and Casa Batllo, Casa Lleo-Morera, and Casa Fuster.
Other places to visit in Eixample are Arc de Triomf, Rambla de Catalunya, Palau Robert, and Mercat dels Encants Vells — Fira de Bellcaire, the flea market among others.
The former fisherman village has four beaches, Sant Sebastia, Sant Miquel, Somorrostro and the beach of Barceloneta. It also has some of the most eye-catching structures of modern Europe, albeit the controversies surrounding them. They are the W Barcelona Hotel and the Marenostrum Tower. Tourists interested in the Catalan history flock the Historical Museum of Catalonia.
Other tourist sites in Barceloneta are Port Vell, The Aquarium, the historical centre of Barceloneta, the market of Barceloneta, and the French train station.
4. El Born
It is a popular neighbourhood of most locals, probably because of its religious history, rich art, and a vibrant nightlife. The 700 years old, Basilica of Santa Maria Del Mar is the most popular spot in this area.
Other places are the Barcelona Cathedral, Palau de la Musica Catalana, Centre Cultural I de Memoria, and not forgetting, Picasso Museum.
It is the first landmark that tourists recognise in the city. It cuts right through the city offering the full experience of the jostle and bustle of Barcelona. From the North down south is Ramblas de Catalunya that is adorned by high-end shops and cafes. The Boqueria market, Maritim Museum, and Ramblas of the birds are some of the places along the boulevard.
Another distinguishing feature of the street is the high number of human statues, from that of the father of astronomy, Galileo Galilee to scores of street performers.