Is the gothic quarter in barcelona safe: Barcelona Q&A: Is it safe to stay in the Gothic Quarter?

Barcelona: The 3 best areas to stay (2020 Update)

Everybody seems to love Barcelona, and not without reason. It offers so many different things, it’s almost too much. Beach. Art. Food. Party. Architecture. Young people, weird languages. You can get lost, but you don’t have to.

Here are the 3 best areas to stay in Barcelona:

  • Best Neighborhood N° 1
    Barri Gòtic

    Medieval, narrow and crowded.

  • Best Neighborhood N° 2
    El Born

    Vibrant, artsy and central.

  • Best Neighborhood N° 3

    Architecture, shopping and Gaudí.

  • OH NO!
    Maybe not

    Life’s too short to stay here

Best Neighborhood N° 1

Barri Gòtic

Medieval, narrow and crowded.

Best Neighborhood N° 2

El Born

Vibrant, artsy and central.

Best Neighborhood N° 3


Architecture, shopping and Gaudí.


Maybe not

Life’s too short to stay here



Best NeighborhoodN° 1

Some places never change. For hundreds of years they aren’t going anywhere. Because it has always been like that, and nothing new is needed. Then the world around changes, suddenly, in only a few centuries. Now everybody wants to go to where it’s like before: where the cobbles are still wet on a summer afternoon after they’ve been washed in the morning. Where the alleys are so narrow that you smell old walls even before you hear the church bells echoing from them.

Welcome to Barri Gòtic.

The “Gothic Quarter” is part of Barcelona’s old town (“Ciutat Vella”). Like in the neighbouring “El Born” you almost feel the medieval walls that surrounded the whole area for centuries. Barri Gòtic is narrow and full of corners, some of them dark. Cars wouldn’t get through, even if they were allowed to try.

You will get:

  • narrow streets, old walls
  • central location
  • churches and
    gothic architecture
  • to the beach fast
  • more tourists
    than elsewhere

Since Barcelona wasn’t exactly crushing it economically after the Middle Ages, gothic buildings were not replaced by new ones and thereby preserved. Today this makes the quarter appear as if it were frozen in time and thereby a welcome contrast to the annoying “Rambla” and the busy “Plaça de Catalunya”. To escape from anyone of them into Barri Gòtic feels like salvation. At least as long as you don’t head to one of the sightseeing hotspots right away.

Like for example: the area around “La Catedral”, the gothic Cathedral. The place is stressful, touristy and attracts pickpockets that don’t seem to be too impressed by god watching their actions.

The central location of Barri Gòtic more than makes up for it: situated between Harbour and Eixample, between Rambla and El Born, it is the perfect area for you to stay if you like short distances. Beach: 5 to 10 minutes. Shopping at “Passeig de Gràcia”: nearly the same. And around Plaça Reial there’s even nightlife going on.

Alleys so narrow, you will smell the old walls …

… even before you hear the church bells echoing from them.

Practical tip for Barri Gòtic

Since cars are almost completely banned in the whole area don’t even consider bringing one. Not even taxis get ahead well. So better expect walking to get to your hotel, at least for the last few meters. Be aware of pickpockets around the Cathedral and on Rambla.

Best NeighborhoodN° 2

It is not easy to get to the bottom of the El Born Identity. Officially the area does not exist but people seem to know things about it. The name “Born” is written on walls in dark alleys. Stories about the neighbourhood can be found on wikipedia, as long as you speak Catalan.

The good news is: nobody really cares about where El Born starts and ends exactly, or which district it belongs to officially. Everybody in Barcelona knows what and where it is roughly. And people know you can have a good time between the medieval walls of Born without being overrun by tourists.

This neighbourhood seems to combine so many good characteristics of other districts: It is as atmospheric and medieval as Barri Gòtic while giving you space to breath. Like in Eixample you will never have problems to find great restaurants and bars here, but without having to pay Eixample prices. And El Born almost feels as artsy and hip as the upcoming Gràcia neighbourhood – just in central location and near the beach!

You will get:

  • a neighbourhood in the heart of Barcelona
  • hence: beach in flip flop distance
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Arts and crafts crowd
  • trouble finding the thing on a map

El Born has always been the neighbourhood of craftsmen and merchants. Street names reflect that into modern times as well as all the small shops selling basically everything crafty hands can make. Low rents attracted artists and creatives and made El Born the hip place it is today.

The next years will show if it will stay that way. Cool neighbourhoods with history usually don’t stay cheap forever. El Born is in the middle of this process where expats move in and prices go up. Tapas Bars as well as regular ones attract young people that now inhabit the squares at night that featured markets and executions in the good old dark ages.

So the future of El Born remains uncertain, its path to be determined. Your ways, on the other hand, will never be too long if you stay here. 5 to 10 minutes and you end up either at the beach, in Eixample, Barri Gòtic, the zoo or the harbour. Just finding your way back through the narrow alleys might be a challenge.

Neighbourhoods with history and cool people don’t stay cheap forever.

El Born starts getting too expensive for it’s craftsmen and creatives already

Practical tip for El Born

Since cars are banned in the wide parts of the area better do not bring one. Not even taxis get ahead very well. So better expect to walk to get to your hotel, at least for the last few meters.

Best NeighborhoodN° 3

Imagine we were city planners of the 19th century and Barcelona was bursting at the seams. There were still walls around the narrow and dark parts of the old city. The sea, being there instead of building space to the South, wouldn’t make the job easier. It’s not unlikely we’d all come up with the same idea: Get rid of the walls, extend the city to the North and call our new Quarter “Extension”. Boom.

So far so reasonable. But what they did with the Eixample is so much more than that. The whole area is based on a grid of broad boulevards and streets, often with trees providing protection from the mediterranean sun. The blocks are all the same size: 133 meters of houses with big courtyards in the middle. Where the streets cross, they form octagonal squares instead of normal crossings.

What that means? A lot of light, shining onto spectacular facades. Think about it: such a type of crossing does not create four boring corners but four diagonally placed facades that build a little square.

You will get:

  • Broad boulevards, spectacular views
  • Flagship stores on shopping streets
  • Gaudí buildings
  • Enough walking-time to not feel bad about all the tapas

While moving diagonally over the grid at every crossing like a bishop on a chess board, you might have a hard time remembering so much big-city-beauty happening anywhere else. The whole quarter is so generously and well planned, even the traffic flows like it should. It seems like Eixample is the direct antithesis to the medieval Barri Gòtic with it’s narrow alleys and old walls.

As boring as “grid system” might sound: in the end the always repeting layout of the blocks really makes the architecture shine. Elegant, paris-like facades alternate with excentric Modernisma buildings. You start getting excited about what the next crossing will look like – or maybe that’s just me. But if there were such a thing as architecture porn, I think Eixample would be the setting.

And since splendor goes well with wealth and luxury, all the big brands have their flagship stores here. Especially on Passeig de Gràcia where you will find the most prestigeous hotels and their rooftop bars as well. All that doesn’t come for free – Eixample is one of the pricier areas of Barcelona.

Oh, and since I can’t talk about Eixample without mentioning Gaudí – some of his master pieces of architecture like Casa Battló, Casa Milà and the overwhelmingly crazy and fantastic Sagrada Familia stand here, getting even more attention in the otherwise predictable grid of streets.

If architecture porn existed, it would have been set in Eixample.

(and have no dialogues)

Practical tip for Eixample

Walking distances can be much longer than they seem first because of the perfectly straight and very wide streets of the Eixample. Apart from that: Getting in line to get into Sagrada Familia makes absolutely no sense because it can take forever and is not necessary. Just buy a ticket online upfront and get in in a certain time frame basically without waiting.


  • Avoid Raval. What real estate agents call “promising” or “emerging” you could also call unsafe and unattractive. This applies especially to the western part of the district.
  • Don’t stay directly at Rambla. This major shopping street is loud, exhausting and the best place to “lose” your cellphone or wallet.
  • Not so interesting for visitors: the outer districts of Barcelona. Also, quite surprisingly, the immediate neighbourhood of Sagrada Familia is not that special and can get a bit annoying due to the crowds of tourists.

Barcelona FAQs

How is Barcelona structured?

  • Barcelona is one of the few major European cities located at the sea. Beaches, seafront promenades and ports play a big role in the lives of the 1.6 million people living here.
  • The Old Town (“Ciutat Vella”) is located in the center at the sea. From there, a couple of big and perfectly straight streets lead into almost all directions.
  • The two most important streets for visitors are “Rambla” and “Passeig de Gràcia” – popular both for shopping and walking. They start at sea level, lead uphill through the Old Town right into the famous “Eixample” quarter.
  • The big arterial roads are connected by the diagonally running “Avinguda Diagonal” that spans over 7 miles from one end of Barcelona to the other end and thereby divides the city in two parts.
  • North of the “Diagonal” are the areas of Barcelona that are usually not as interesting for visitors. Apart from Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, the tourist and expat life happens in the southern part of the city.

How do I get from the airport to the city of Barcelona?

Barcelona has only one airport, so there is no confusion about where you land. If you don’t want to spend 25-30 € for a taxi to the inner city, there are some options:

  • Recently, the airport got connected to the Metro, with one station for each of the two terminals. A couple of Euros will get you into the city. The advantage: you are already in the Metro system and can get quickly to almost anywhere in Barcelona.
  • If you need to get directly into the city center (Plaça d’Espanya or Plaça de Catalunya), take the Aerobus. It has intervalls of 5-10 minutes, a station at both airport terminals and gets you to the inner city pretty much without stopping. Tickets cost 6 €, you buy them when you board the bus or upfront online.
  • I wouldn’t recommend other busses or trains. They are either far away from the terminals, have long intervals and you won’t save much money.

How safe is Barcelona?

It might surprise you if you got your image from other mediterranean cities, but Barcelona is actually one of the safest ones in Europe. Serious crime and violence are very rare. Pickpocketing in some touristy areas on the other hand is a real thing here and happens quite frequently (La Rambla, parts of Raval, at train and metro stations). In general the streets of Barcelona feel safe even late at night. That might be connected to the fact that in Spain people don’t usually drink until they get kicked out of the bar.

What are typical rookie mistakes to avoid in Barcelona?

  • Thinking that La Rambla is the cultural centre of Barcelona and that you should spend a lot of time there. The opposite is true. A short visit is enough to realize that this street is crowded, exhausting and annoyingly touristic.
  • Assuming that dinner time in Barcelona is from 6 to 10 p.m., as it is the case in most other European cities. Barcelona is different there. Most people go out for dinner very late. Clubs hardly ever open before midnight.
  • Considering Barcelona as typically Spanish. Even though it is probably the most famous Spanish city, Barcelona is deeply Catalan and thus culturally largely independent.
  • Queuing instead of buying tickets online. Especially at top sights like the Sagrada Familia you can waste a lot of valuable travel time by just queuing for a ticket. That often takes hours. If you got your tickets online in advance, you can get in immediately.

How do I get around best in Barcelona?

  • Walk as much as possible in Barcelona. The architecture and the boulevards are well worth it.
  • But apart from that, and especially during summer, the airconditioned Metro is a good way to get around. It reaches most parts of the city and is quite inexpensive (around 2 Euros per ride and even less if you take a block of 10 tickets).
  • Taxis are fairly inexpensive as well compared to other European cities. The number you see on the display indicates the price category on which the taxi is currently operating. 1 is the cheapest, 3 the most expensive.
  • Since it is sometimes (especially on weekends) not easy to get a taxi right away, you could also think about using the app Free Now (former MyTaxi app). Uber and the car sharing service ShareNow do not operate in Barcelona at the moment.

What are the opening hours in Barcelona?

The opening hours of shops and restaurants in Barcelona are clearly mediterranean: shops rarely open before 10am, but they will stay opened until 9pm. Many shops close for two hours somewhen between 1 and 5pm. The majority of shops are open for business on saturdays but close on sundays.

Restaurants often stay closed on mondays. To get dinner around midnight usually is no problem on the other hand.

What’s the best time to travel to Barcelona?

  • November to March: If you want to see real off-season Barcelona, those are your months. The weather is mild with little rain, very few tourists compared to the summer months and thereby low prices.
  • April to June: Sweet spot number 1. It is warm and sunny already with okay amounts of rain. Not too many tourists yet and thereby lower prices in general. Swimming in the sea might still be a bit chilly though.
  • July and August: Maybe not the best time to visit Barcelona. Why? The city is full of tourists with many locals gone. As a consequence some of the better restaurants are closed. It’s usually very hot, with rain from time to time. Prices are high.
  • September and October: Sweet spot number 2. Still warm but not crazy hot anymore. It can rain quite a bit though during fall. Sea water temperatures are still high, but less tourists roam around in the city.

What are faux pas to avoid in Barcelona?

  • Considering or calling citizens of Barcelona simply Spanish. Catalans have a very strong and independent identity.
  • Calling the city “Barca” – this is the name of the football team only.
  • Telling citizens of Barcelona how much you like Madrid.

How is tipping handled in Barcelona?

In Barcelona you can tip if you were particularly satisfied with the service provided, but you don’t have to. At least it is not expected and also the local people hardly do it. In restaurants, 5-10% is enough for excellent service if you really want to tip, in taxis you just round up to minimize the change.


Is Barcelona safe? Know the three areas to avoid


Updated on May 10 • 2 minute read


Internationals dream of La Vida Loca in the Catalan capital. Yet as soon as it gets down to the nitty-gritty, one question comes to the mind ‘Is Barcelona safe to live in?‘.

In short: Yes! And once you find out what bad areas of Barcelona to avoid, the city will easily make you feel at home.

Barcelona is notorious for pickpockets

One reason why internationals doubt the safety in Barcelona is the record of pickpockets in Barcelona.

Let’s face it,

with 600 pickpockets registered per day (2009), the city is a stronghold for pickpockets.

A survey by TripAdvisor ranks Barcelona as the world city of pickpockets, ahead of Rome.

And it’s not all that surprising: pickpockets are only punished with a fine if the stolen goods are less than €400.

Make sure that the zips of your bags are always closed. Especially in crowded places or underground trains.

And: don’t hesitate to raise your voice if someone takes up your personal space.

Can I walk alone through Barcelona at night?

Women treat the night with more respect than most men do. Whether you should walk alone through the streets of Barcelona at night is a question worth checking out.

Barcelona is a vibrant city; day in, day out. You will find many people on the streets of Barcelona at any time, so you don’t have to be afraid at night.

Yet, the neighbourhood around La Rambla turns into a hotspot for prostitutes and johns at night. Try to avoid La Rambla at night.

Use your common sense at night as you would during the day in any big city. Don’t walk around with your pockets open or present your valuables on a plate. Pickpockets remain active at night, yet crimes of violence aren’t a threat.

Three districts to avoid in Barcelona

Want to be on the safe side? Then consider avoiding Ciutat Vella. This covers the area of the Barri Gotic, El Born, El Raval, and Barceloneta.

Besides containing poor quality housing, this too-touristy area is also rather expensive and a haven for pickpockets (and also burglaries) due to the tourists.

1. Raval

In the southern part of the old town (Gothic) is an area to avoid: Raval.

Although the area is generally safe, in the eastern part towards the harbour you will find many prostitutes and a high concentration of homeless people.

Especially in Carrer d’En Robador or Park Ronda Sant Antoni, you find a meeting point for prostitutes and drug dealers.

Chances are you’ll run into characters in Raval trying to sell you drugs.

2. La Mina and Sant Adrià de Besòs

As you walk through the streets of La Mina, you’ll probably notice the amount of trash. At night, hardly any residents nor tourists come to this area; meaning that you will find yourself walking alone through the empty streets.

The area has become famous among the homeless, and alcoholics and junkies feel at home in La Mina as well.

Don’t forget: even if La Mina gets a bit doggy at night, Barcelona remains a safe city. You won’t find any major acts of violence here either.

3. La Rambla and El Born

La Rambla becomes a stronghold for prostitutes and johns at night. To avoid this dodgy area, it’s best to find accommodation in Barcelona outside La Rambla and El Born.

If you are out at night in El Born, near La Rambla, don’t walk through small alleys, but rather through lit streets with more people.

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Security in Barcelona: dangerous areas, theft, crime


  • 1 Dangerous areas
    • 1.1 La Mina
    • 1.2 Gothic Quarter and Raval
    • 1.3 Barceloneta
  • 2 Pickpockets 9007 3
  • 4 Precautions

Barcelona is considered a relatively safe city, at least safer than New York and parts of London. However, here, too, pickpockets and scammers thrive, who constantly come up with new schemes of deception. Consider what you need to know about safety in Barcelona.

Dangerous areas

The disadvantaged areas of Barcelona with crime, where it is better for tourists not to appear at night (and to be on the alert during the light hours), are: the Gothic Quarter, Raval, Barceloneta and La Mina.

La Mina

For a long time, the La Mina area was known as the “ghetto” of the city. The quarter is far from the historical center. Many beautiful buildings built here have been empty for a long time, as the authorities planned to make major repairs to them. Illegal African and Asian emigrants began to settle in empty premises. According to Spanish laws, the authorities do not have the right to kick a person out onto the street, so emigrants slowly settled in La Mina.

Now there are many dangers and life is in full swing: small children run and rob passers-by, people dry clothes on ropes that stretch between two windows. The authorities are trying to improve the situation in the area, so many video cameras were hung here. Regularly, a patrol car drives through the streets of the quarter, keeping order. However, tourists are not recommended to visit this place, you should not rent accommodation here.

Gothic Quarter and Raval

Barcelona’s dangerous area, the Gothic Quarter, is home to many attractions, as it used to be the center of the city. Here and the Cathedral of Barcelona, ​​and the Church of St. Mary, also a Museum of Art. In the daytime, the quarter is teeming with pickpockets who brazenly steal wallets, bags and valuables.

At night, real debauchery is going on here: transvestites and prostitutes offer their services. They do not stand along the road, but brazenly impose their services, pulling up their dresses, shouting invocative words to passing motorists. Such a sight is not particularly pleasant for a tourist who has come to enjoy the Spanish beauties. At night, the Gothic Quarter is occupied by drug dealers. In the Raval district, the situation is almost the same as in the Gothic Quarter.


Barceloneta has a large number of clubs and casinos. At night, the audience here is different, aggressive personalities can meet, so it’s better not to walk here and not tempt fate. There are also many drug dealers. You can’t leave a car in which valuables are in plain sight, for example, a camera or a laptop – they will definitely break the window to steal it. Do not contact strangers, as they may be drug dealers or scammers who will rob you. Poor emigrants rent housing in this area, so tourists are not recommended to settle here.


Thieves and scammers are a big threat to travelers holidaying in Barcelona. They wait for their prey on the beach, in the club, in the market, on the streets, in almost any place. These people are real professionals who are able to “cleanse” a naive tourist so masterfully that the latter will not immediately notice the loss.

Pickpockets prefer to deal with easy victims – tourists who look absent-minded, do not keep track of things and have a dreamy look. If you look collected, don’t put on all your finest jewelry, and follow basic safety precautions, nothing will happen to you.

Pickpockets prefer to work in groups: some people distract the traveler, and at this time accomplices skillfully deprive a person of all the most valuable. If a group of people approach you and are actively trying to get your attention, leave immediately without engaging in dialogue.

Pickpockets’ favorite place of action is railway stations. They choose these places for many reasons. The people who are there are most likely travelers. Tourists who find themselves in an unfamiliar place are slightly confused and disoriented. During this time, you keep all your belongings with you. When buying tickets, you will get money from your wallet. Criminals keep a close eye on your actions, they will remember where you put your wallet.

Pickpockets work brilliantly and quickly “evaporate” after the job. You may not even notice that you have been robbed. Usually thieves are busy looking for the next victim, not paying attention to what is happening around. Inspect the people nearby, mark suspicious individuals and stay away from them.

A favorite place for pickpockets is the main tourist street Las Ramblas. In the evenings, thieves, representing themselves as “night butterflies”, conduct their activities here.

Pickpockets are operating near ATMs, looking for people withdrawing cash. Do not cash out in the evening, when evening darkness is already falling on the city. Try to use ATMs located in safe places.

If you are not walking alone, ask your companion to look around carefully to expose suspicious individuals in the area. Do not leave things unattended on the beach, as the coast is a popular place for theft. The scammer may be a passing cyclist who will snatch your bag out of your hands.

Types of fraud

Fraudsters have come up with dozens of ways to deceive gullible tourists in Barcelona. Before the trip, you should familiarize yourself with all the tricks of criminals so as not to fall for their bait. Any scam begins with the fact that scammers are trying to get your attention. They do it in different ways. If you understand that someone is persistently wanting to grab your attention, walk away and do not talk to this person. The following scams are common in Barcelona:

  1. Thimble game . Ten to fifteen people are involved in this scam. On the street, the host puts on a show: he hides a ball under one of the thimbles, starts moving several thimbles and asks the players to guess where the ball is. There are always several people around the presenter, and an interested tourist who comes to watch the show does not even suspect that they are all “decoy ducks”. Fraudsters pretend to be ordinary tourists who play this game, place bets, win constantly and walk away with money. Some may even come after you. In the end, the host begins to insist that you make a bet. This always happens very persistently, so it can be difficult to refuse. Usually tourists make a bet and lose. If you start to express dissatisfaction, the people standing nearby will convince you that this time it was just bad luck.
  2. Fraudsters pretending to be policemen . A tourist on the street may be approached allegedly by representatives of law enforcement agencies. They will ask you to take things for inspection. 99% of the time these people are scammers. Ask them to show their documents and tell them that you will only provide things for inspection at the nearest police station. If fake law enforcement officers insist too much, immediately call the tourist police.
  3. Bird droppings . The scammer will throw a small amount of an unpleasantly smelling mass on your shoulder. He will call you, say that bird droppings have fallen on you and offer to wipe the unpleasant mass with a handkerchief. At this moment, the pickpocket will search your pockets and take away all the most valuable things. This method of deception of gullible tourists is now especially popular.
  4. Sale of jumping figures . On the streets of Barcelona, ​​tourists can see people selling figurines jumping to the beat of the music coming from the tape recorder. Travelers are surprised at such a miracle and immediately acquire an interesting thing. How great is their disappointment when they find out that the figurines don’t work! In fact, cunning sellers tie the thinnest wires to them, which are connected to the wheel inside the tape recorder. This is a very popular “scam” and quite brazen, since the sale takes place right on the street among a large number of people who already know about this fraud.
  5. Roses for tourists . A couple who are walking calmly through the streets of the city are approached by a man selling flowers. He offers a man to buy a rose for his companion at a clearly inflated price. If a man begins to refuse, the seller does everything to make him feel uncomfortable and still buy a flower.
  6. Cheating in the store . When a tourist pays with a card, the cashier pretends to be talking on the phone, although in fact he is photographing the card in order to later use the data for personal purposes.
  7. “Sellers” of bracelets . A man runs up to a tourist on the street and quickly puts a bracelet on his hand. The frustrated traveler tries to deal with the situation, gets distracted and becomes a perfect target for the bracelet seller’s accomplice, resulting in a theft.

Thieves can distract tourists in many ways, so you need to be vigilant. Sometimes they pretend to be travelers, open a large map and ask you for help. Fraudsters may present themselves as employees of a company conducting a social survey. The following trick is common: people dressed in hotel uniforms come to your room. They want to make an audit of the room, and while one is looking around the room and distracting you, the second one is taking things away.


  1. Do not carry valuables and documents with you, leave everything in the hotel safe. Take only a copy of your passport with you. It is advisable to take only the amount of money that is useful for exactly one day, it is not recommended to carry large sums so as not to lose all the cash if suddenly you still become a victim of theft.
  2. Traveling with a backpack on your back is a bad idea. There are situations when tourists were robbed in the subway, taking money and valuables from a backpack located behind. The backpack should only be worn in front so that it is in sight.
  3. In cafes and restaurants, never hang your handbag on the back of a chair. Most likely you won’t see her again. Keep your purse on your lap. If it’s too big, put it on the floor and keep an eye on it. You can wrap the straps around something to make it harder to grab the item and run away.
  4. Do not keep your wallet in your bag, keep it with you in a secluded place.
  5. On the streets of Barcelona, ​​pickpockets look first for tourists who are easier to pickpocket. You should try to impress as a local, not as a Guiri (inexperienced tourist). Dress appropriately, do not walk around the city in shorts, because the Spaniards do not allow themselves this. A man in shorts is a signal beacon for thieves. Do not stand in the middle of the street with a map, as this clearly indicates that you are not a local. Go to the cafe, sit at a table and only expand the map there.
  6. Do not hang the camera around the neck – it can be torn off. Keep small appliances in the inside pocket of your clothes, and large ones in a separate bag that is worn over your shoulder. Carry the bag in front of you without putting it on its side.
  7. Do not visit the dangerous areas of Barcelona, ​​do not move around the dark streets, especially alone.
  8. Smartphones should not be left on the table – they will try to steal them.

Barcelona is a great city for a great trip. If you follow all the precautions, then not a single thief or scammer will ruin your vacation.

What to see in Barcelona: Rambla, Gaudí architecture

    Gothic Quarter
        Barcelona Promenade

            Gaudí architecture
                What to bring from Barcelona


                  It is from Plaza Catalunya that the Rambla, the main tourist attraction in Barcelona, ​​departs.

                  Anton Putyatin blog pantv.livejournal

                  compares this street with:

                  The Rambla is their Nevsky or Arbat, which all of Moscow has come to))) to the people (mostly tourists) there is the sea … It seems that there are waves under their feet, and around the architectural collapse of styles, but everyone likes it. The name Rambla comes from the Arabic for “stream bed”. From above, it really is like a stream, but green …

                  It’s best to just walk along the Rambla. Do not get fooled by the local tourist entertainment – waste your money.

                  Igor instablog fotovorobey

                  compiled his anti-rating of Barcelona museums, and two of them are located on the Rambla:

                  Museum of EROTICS AND SEX . The apartment is tuned into an “exhibition of boobies” and vulgar pictures. Entrance is about 10€. “Marilyn transvestite” cheerfully lures passers-by by writhing in the cold on the balcony, but don’t be fooled – we have hundreds of other, more worthy places to spend money and time. Address: La Rambla, 96 bis.

                  Jamon Museum . “Razvodilovo with a smart snout” – that’s how I would call it. Of course, they will tell you about: “what kind of jamon is”, but ANY Spaniard-seller in every butcher shop in the city will do this. Only free. Jamon can also be bought there, but at an inflated price. Here is an address to bypass if necessary: ​​Rambla de les Flors, 88-94.

                  Not far from the Rambla is Wax Museum . There are 360 ​​exhibits in it, many of them are equipped with a mechanism. It is especially impressive when Frankenstein’s monster rises from the operating table. Most bloggers liked the museum, and this is rather strange. After all, if you look at the photo, questions arise about the similarity of the figures to their prototypes.

                  Prince Charles in yellow polo

                  And these are Star Wars characters. If anything, in the center Luke Skywalker

                  LJ-blogger kosfoto said the best thing about these figures:

                  On the left, none other than Bill Clinton! Monica would have been put side by side, in a pair, I think they were more recognizable. 🙂 Lenin is to the right of him. Everyone recognized Joan of Arc, she was probably taken from the surviving photographs. To the left, the author of the figure of Bill Clinton makes himself hara-kiri for hack work. 🙂

                  Of course, it is up to you to decide whether to go to the Barcelona Wax Museum. We will only say that a ticket costs 15 euros per person, and there is similar entertainment in Russia.

                  Address: Passatge de la Banca, 7

                  If you want to make your child happy, take him to a cafe next to the museum. Actually, it is part of the “wax” complex. It is called El Bosc de les Fades (“The Fairy Forest”). The room is decorated like a fairytale forest, in which wax figures of mythical characters peep out from everywhere.

                  There are rarely empty seats in a cafe, so blogger Maria Selyanina advises when it is better to look there:

                  By the way, if you go there in the morning, there will be almost no one there. True, a thunderstorm, with thunder, lightning and darkness (a pretty terrible thunderstorm, yeah) – starts at 17.00 every half hour.

                  The cafe is open from 10:00 to 01:00, on weekends from 11:00.

                  Gothic Quarter

                  If you go along the Rambla towards the waterfront, then on your left hand will be the Gothic Quarter.

                  This is the place where Barcelona originated, or rather its predecessor, the ancient Roman settlement of Barcino. You can see its ruins at the Barcelona History Museum. It is located right there, in the Gothic Quarter, on the Royal Square.

                  Denis, aka LJ blogger orenden, tells what he found in the basement of the museum:

                  Museo de Historia de Barcelona (Museum of the History of Barcelona) in Placa del Rei. At first, the exposition was not impressive, but at the end of the inspection, there were no words left except VE-LI-CO-LEP-NO. To do this, you had to go down to the basement. And to see that the ancient royal palace, in which the museum is located, stands on the ancient Roman ruins. Here’s how to be, the palace itself is a heritage monument, and then there are the ruins under it. It cannot be described, it cannot even be shown, because photography is prohibited there, it must be seen.

                  The top photo is a museum, the bottom photo shows the ruins underneath it

                  Not far from the museum, in the courtyard of the Tourist Center of Catalonia, Roman columns of the Temple of Augustus have been preserved. They can be viewed for free.

                  Medieval Barcelona is built on Roman ruins. Walking along the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, it is easy to imagine how people lived in those days.

                  It is no coincidence that several scenes from Perfumer were filmed here.

                  The current store Herboristeria del Rey was used for this episode. Here they sell medicinal herbs, natural soaps and sweets, beeswax and honey. The store has been operating since 1818! Located at: Carrer del Vidre, 1. Open from 14:30 to 20:30, Friday and Saturday from 10:30. Closed on Monday and Sunday.

                  The architecture of the 20th century was also successfully introduced into the medieval building. Here is the most photographed object by tourists – Bridge of Sighs .

                  Despite its gothic “appearance”, it appeared only in 1926. But already managed to acquire signs. Passing under the bridge, you need to look at the image of the skull, and your wish will come true. No logic – just do what we said))


                  On the right hand side of the Rambla is the Raval quarter.

                  Alex Exler blog Exler

                  advises against walking in this area at night:

                  It’s better to go with someone from the locals. Because the district is still from the series: his father is an alcoholic, his mother is a prostitute, his sister hanged himself, his brother is a drug addict, his younger brother has become a rapper at all, so he will obviously soon be a millionaire.

                  The wicked area of ​​Barcelona looks like the average in Russia

                  But in the afternoon it’s worth coming here for the sake of Palace Güell . From the narrow streets it is quite difficult to see it in its entirety, but the main beauty is inside. So be sure to stop by to admire the interiors.

                  The ticket costs 12 euros , but there are days for free admission to the museum. You can view them on the official website.

                  A 5-minute walk from the Guell Palace you will find a sculpture by the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero. This is a happy and fat Ravalsky cat .

                  Why tourists are dangerous for a cat, says Alex Exler:

                  Tourists, as usual, rub his whiskers with terrible force (they were torn off several times, until the authorities finally ordered to weld them tightly), and the testicles of the cat are constantly rubbed – just like a New York bull.

                  Barcelona Promenade

                  From Raval we return to the Rambla again and continue straight to the Barcelona waterfront. The embankment was built specifically for the Olympic Games. All the beaches in Barcelona are artificial, they were also poured for the Olympics.

                  From Las Ramblas exit to Columbus Monument .

                  Elena Shikova blog trip-together

                  recommends taking a boat trip from here:

                  A 40-minute walk costs 7-20€, an hour and a half -15€. The official website of boat trips along the coast of Barcelona is, where you can buy a ticket online, but there is no big need to do this, there is free space on pleasure boats even in high season, there may be discounts on this trip using the Barselona Bus Turistic coupon book. In addition, you can be proud of setting off in the place where Columbus moored after the discovery of America.

                  Walk from Columbus monument along the causeway and you will find yourself at Maremagnum shopping center . This is the only mall that is open on Sundays. The Maremagnum has the largest aquarium in Europe.

                  Walk to Olympic Port . Its main attraction is the sculpture “Goldfish”. Barceloneta beach is nearby.

                  Elena Shikova recommends keeping your eyes open on the embankment:

                  On the bridge, on the beaches and along the entire promenade, there is usually a brisk illegal trade. Trade is definitely not legal, because, seeing the police, Africans grab their goods and rush to run as fast as they can. You need to be very careful with these merchants, in no case should you pay them with large bills, in this case, they grab the bill and run away. In general, you should not shine money in front of these people.

                  From Barceloneta beach you can take the cable car up to Mirador station and from there transfer to Teleférico de Montjuic.

                  Video blogger Andrei Kirov advises to eat before going to Montjuic:

                  Bars and restaurants in Montjuic are very expensive. To be honest, I’m not particularly impressed with the quality of their food. It is better to eat outdoors with such a beautiful view.


                  You can take the cable car up to Montjuic Castle or down to Montjuic Park. The Parc Montjuïc cable car station is a 10-minute walk from the Olympic Stadium.

                  From the stadium, go to the National Art Museum of Catalonia, next to it you will find Spanish Village .

                  This is an ethnographic complex, which presents houses from different eras and regions of Spain. The idea of ​​the Spanish Village is to show the culture of the country in all its diversity. On the territory of the museum there are various workshops: pottery, glass-blowing, blacksmithing. You can try homemade wine or handmade cheese.

                  Photo source: travel-more

                  Here you can see the opening hours of the complex and buy tickets.

                  From the Spanish Village, walk to the Plaza de España. On it is the shopping center Las Arenas. Bullfights were once held here, but now they are banned in the country.


                  From Plaza de España, in half an hour you can walk to the holy of holies of the Catalan fans. This is the home stadium of FC Barcelona – Camp Nou .

                  Konstantin Timoshenko’s blog Konstantin Timoshenko

                  tells how to see Lionel Messi in the “familiar habitat”:

                  Getting to a Barcelona match is not an easy task. Most of the seats in the stadium have been purchased by season ticket holders, and tickets for the remaining vacant seats go on sale only the day before the match. A good place for an ordinary match of the championship of Spain will cost about 60 Euros.

                  It was not possible to buy tickets for the match – buy a tour of the stadium and the museum of the football club. You will even be shown the service rooms of Camp Nou.

                  Gaudi Architecture

                  And now we return to Plaza Catalunya and go in the opposite direction from the Rambla to see the famous buildings of Antoni Gaudí.

                  Attention: with an online ticket you will enter the buildings of the Catalan genius without a queue. Tickets on the site are sold for a specific date and time to avoid crowds.

                  From Plaça Catalunya to Casa Batlló you can walk in 7 minutes. The locals call this building the House of Bones or the Yawning House.

                  Photo source: life-globe

                  In all of Gaudí’s buildings, the interiors are even more beautiful than the buildings themselves. So be sure to go inside.

                  Photo source: ispaniagid

                  From the house of Batllo we go to the house of Mila . The Barcelona people gave this building the nickname La Pedrera (The Quarry).

                  Igor Vorobey included the House of Mila in his list of the 5 best museums in Barcelona:

                  Visiting the house of Mila, you “kill” as many as 4 “hares”: as a bonus you visit the Monument of Architecture of World Importance, walk (and take pictures, of course!) on one of the most outrageous and cool terraces in Barcelona – the “rock garden” broken on the roof of the building, and also explore one real APARTMENT with the atmosphere of the early 20th century.

                  There are 4 options for visiting Mila’s house, including coming here at night and at dawn, before the opening of the museum.

                  Choose a tour on the official website of

                  Mila’s house is a 20-minute walk from the legendary Sagrada Familia.

                  Serega Evsyukov blog The Lost in Krasnodar

                  talks about the queues for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona:

                  The queues at the entrance to the temple are also impressive. Often there are speculators selling water bottles.

                  A 30-minute walk from the temple is another brainchild of the great architect – Park Güell. Here he bought a house, which is now a museum.

                  Mosaic lizard in the park – a favorite image of Gaudí and a symbol of Barcelona

                  If you are going to Park Guell by car, read how LJ blogger pantv was looking for parking:

                  They wanted to go up to the park by car. They got up … they went around it from all sides, but they did not find a free place (even a paid one). At the top there is a huge free parking but for buses, but passenger cars are not allowed there. As a result, in search of a free (legitimate) place, they went downstairs and found a parking lot only there, and they had to stomp up on foot …))))


                  From Parc Güell, take a walk to the funicular that will take you to the top of Mount Tibidabo. Both on foot and by public transport it will take 40 minutes.

                  Elena Pestrova. author of the BigCityMam blog, tells what you can see at the top:

                  At the top of the mountain is the Church of the Sacred Heart, built in the Gothic style, from the sight of which a person accustomed to temples with domes simply freezes. Be sure to go up the stairs first, then on the elevator (for money, by the way), then again on the steps of the spiral staircase and now you are at the top of the Temple with a crazy and breathtaking view.

                  One has only to go down and you find yourself in the first Spanish amusement park, opened more than a hundred years ago. Surprisingly, many attractions, despite their very advanced age, work perfectly, are being upgraded and are absolutely safe.

                  The park is not open every day. The schedule can be viewed here.

                  Temple of the Sacred Heart. Almost like in Rio. Photo from Elena Pestrova

                  And this is the amusement park Tibidabo

                  What to bring from Barcelona

                  In the age of globalization, it is difficult to bring something special from a trip. But we found two things that you can only buy in Barcelona:

                  1. Catalan porron wine jug. A mixture of a horn and a pitcher proper.

                  Wine is consumed straight from the neck. See how masterfully the champion of Spain in drinking from porron does it: