Barcelona neighbourhoods

A view of Barcelona from El Poble-sec. Photo by Oh-Barcelona (CC BY 2.0).

Roughly 20% of Barcelona's registered residents were born outside Spain. As they assimilate into Barcelona, they play an increasingly important role in building companies, sharing traditions and enriching our global city. Read more


Sant Andreu parish church

Photo courtesy of Centre d’Estudis Ignasi Iglésias.

Sant Andreu is today a peaceful area of Barcelona, but its past is filled with conflict and rebellion. Read more


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Passatge de Tasso

A stone’s throw from the bustling intersection at Plaça de Tetuan, these neighboring passatges (“passages”) offer a little place to amble along quiet sidewalks as people perch to ponder on outdoor steps. Read more

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Streetlife Passatge Sert

Illustrated by Tara Shain.

Steps away from Urquinaona is a narrow pedestrian pathway — a quiet oasis from the traffic of Trafalgar and tourists of the city center — that dates back to a 19th-century textile factory. Read more


This year, the Festa Major de Gràcia celebrates its 200th anniversary. Read more


As Poblenou enjoys a surge in popularity, some locals worry the neighbourhood is losing its history and charm. Read more



Photo by Aron Penczu.

The evolution of Barceloneta's beachfront barrio, from its formation in the 15th century to the present day. Read more



Photo by Sam Zucker

A look at the history and culture of Barcelona's Pakistani community. Read more



Photo by Sonia Lucas

The Festes de Gràcia once again brings color, joy and revelry to the streets this month. Tori Sparks gets behind the scenes at the city’s favorite neighborhood festival. Read more


A contentious urban renewal process in the Casc Antic involving the demolition old buildings left a 5,000 square metre hole of rubble in the middle of the neighborhood which forced residents to fight back. Read more


Hear from three women who have watched Barcelona change before their eyes Read more

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Hidden away in the Raval is a space dedicated to helping abandoned cats Read more

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Photo by Richard Owens

Once regarded as one of Barcelona's least appealing neighbourhoods, the Raval is in the midst of transition Read more

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Photo by Frederic Ballell

Over the years, Avinguda Paral·lel has hosted an eclectic mix of cafés, erotic shows and political radicals Read more

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Carmel home

Photo by Bartlomiej Molga

From the archive: we went back to Barcelona's El Carmel in 2008, where building work caused a huge chasm there in January 2005 Read more


Grec restaurant home

Cecilia Vázquez

Ah, summer— everyone's favourite time of year. It's no different in Barcelona and there's lots to do here between June and August... Read more


During the tour

Janna Nordstrom

We now offer a monthly series of walking tours to let you discover in-depth the neighbourhoods of Barcelona Read more

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Patatas bravas

Photo by Sara Blaylock

Continuing our series focusing on Barcelona streets, discover this thoroughfare that is the centre of life in the neighbourhood of Sarrià Read more



A walk around one Barcelona city block close to the Sagrada Familia yields some great food finds Read more

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Santa Madonna, Francisco Giner

Photo by Katy MacGregor

This Gràcia street is the place to come for unusual shops, special restaurants and a chess school Read more

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