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Barcelona areas - El Raval E-mail

Barcelona areas - El Raval

El Raval is a neighbourhood (barrio) in the Cuitat Vella in Barcelona. El Raval is the artsy, bohemian, slightly edgy part of Barcelona's old medieval city. El Raval is safe during day - some areas can be a little dodgy at night after midnight, but it's still a festive and authentic area of Barcelona's old city that brings life and colour to Barcelona. El Raval is part of Barcelona's old city called "Ciutat Vella" which means “Old City” in Catalan language.

Many tourist guide translate the Cuitat Vella as the “gothic area,” but actually there are several neighbourhoods in the Cuitat Vella, one of which is called the El Raval. the Ciutat Vella includes the neighbourhoods of the El Raval, el Born, Barrio Gótico and la Barceloneta. El Raval area of Barcelona.

El Raval was originally an area of markets and gardens outside the city wall of Barcelona. The wall was on the left of what is now La Rambla street, which used to be a stream outside the old city wall. Later factories and workers tenement blocks started filling up the Raval area, which grew to become one of the most densely populated areas in the world and one of the worst workers ghettos too. Today El Raval is probably the most multicultural neighbourhood in Barcelona attracting creative, fun, edgy and artistic residents.

The lower part of the Raval nearest the port was worst area where one could find some quite unsavoury characters back when it was known as the Barrio Chinoa nd the roughest area in town with a red light district and many bars and sailors. The name was not due to a Chinese population, but was named by a journalist in the twenties who used the name to describe the area after seeing a movie about San Francisco's Chinatown and the name stuck.

Today the Raval has mix of communities. There is a big Moslem community, mostly of Moroccan and Pakistani origin alongside a Philipino community as well as the Catalans and a growing international community.

Raval restaurants are neo-hippy, ghetto-trendy and many other variations that have a reputation for some of the tastiest food in town.

For residents and visitors there is an plethora of yoga schools, art galleries, cultural workshops, boutiques with influences from every corner of the globe.

El Raval tourist attractions and sights 
MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art designed by American architect Richard Meir. Large open square that is also a skateboard mecca.  La Boquiería food market is Barcelona's biggest food market in Barcelona. Fringed by tapas bars taking inspiration from the market. CCCB Centre for contemporary Culture – Next to the MACBA in an 18th century building. Hosts major art festivals. Antic Hospital Sant Creu ancient former 14th century hospital. You can still find herbal and medicinal shops nearby. Palau Güell Newly restored modernist palace designed by Antoní Gaudí.

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