One of the streets in El Raval / Photo: TMB
El Raval is one of the oldest and most picturesque neighbourhoods in Barcelona. Located in the Ciutat Vella district, it was surrounded by the city walls until 1859 and is currently bordered by Las Ramblas, Carrer Pelai, Ronda Sant Antoni, Carrer de Sant Pere and Paral-lel. Its history is a blend of agricultural activity and the first industries in Barcelona. Today, the revitalised and multicultural neighbourhood combines a selection of leisure venues with the city's most modern museums.
10 secrets of Barcelona you didn’t know
Barcelona still keeps some secrets reserved only for the most intrepid travellers. Some of them are found in the heart of Barcelona and others in little-known corners. Whatever their location, we recommend getting around with your Hola Barcelona Travel Card. Are you ready to discover them?
Port de Barcelona
Barcelona is a representation of the Mediterranean sea and has a seafaring tradition with centuries of history. When the city was named Olympic host city in 1986, it launched an ambitious project to restore its coastline.
Metro image
Have you decided to go on a short getaway to Barcelona and now have two days to get to know the city? It’s not large but it’s not small either, and it’s very comfortable to get around thanks to its public transport network. With the Hola Barcelona Travel Card you will enjoy unlimited trips on Barcelona public transport for two consecutive days (48h) from the first validation.
Barcelona skyline
Are you planning a getaway to Barcelona? No matter whether this is your first or fourth time visiting, Barcelona is constantly moving and changing. But some things never change: it’s a cosmopolitan and modern city that’s open to the world, and that’s why it offers endless possibilities.
Barcelona Bus Turístic in front of Sagrada Família
Since July 2, the Barcelona Bus Turístic buses are rolling again through the streets of the city. Getting on board one of these vehicles is an experience that is not to be missed if you come to Barcelona, and which awaits you again like you've never seen it before. You’ll travel through the most emblematic streets and you’ll be able to see the most special monuments and sites from a different perspective.
Montjuïc Cable Car
Hot weather, the beach, ice cream, holidays… It’s already summer in Barcelona! Let yourself be surprised and see the city from above by getting on the Montjuïc Cable Car. Soar and enjoy the unique views it offers.
Palau Sant Jordi
Barcelona is a city that offers many plans and where you can visit a large number of interesting places: culture, leisure, sports or activities for the whole family. In the five proposals below you’ll find the places that every visitor should see, whatever the duration of their trip.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
If you’re already in Barcelona or plan on coming soon, you’ll find a different city, free of crowds. This will let you visit more calmly the most charming neighbourhoods, the most unknown areas and the most popular places such as museums and theatres.
Fountains in the Jardins de la Tamarita / Foto: Pere López, CC BY-SA 3.0 via la Wikimedia Commons
If you want to relax in Barcelona and isolate yourself from the urban noise, a perfect choice is to visit the city's parks and gardens. There are plenty to choose from, but here are eight that you may not know about and which are not to be missed.