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Barcelona see + do

Although their boundaries may seem arbitrary, history and city planners have defined clear borders for the neighborhoods of Barcelona. Each district has its own personality and distinctive features; where you should go depends entirely on the kind of experience you're after. The Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), with its Roman ruins, spired cathedral, stately palaces, and liberal sprinkling of romantic patios and plazas, is the essence of old-world Europe. Nearby, El Born, which peaked in the Middle Ages, boast soul-stirring medieval churches and haunts, as well as a (very chic) grab bag of trendy boutiques, bars, and restaurants. For cutting-edge contemporary design, art, and architecture, multicultural El Raval is the place to be, while a stroll through the Eixample reveals fanciful modernist creations dating from the late 19th century.

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Eixample, Barcelona

A world of spacious boulevards in a neatly beveled grid system, ostentatious houses, fine restaurants, and the city's shopping triangle—Avinguda Diagonal,...more

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Cosmocaixa, Barcelona

Like most of Barcelona's other museums, this structure in San Gervasi is as impressive as the collection within. Cool and airy, with slate water pools and acres...more

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Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona

Located within what was the Casa de Caritat, a charitable institution for the city's poor during the reign of Charles IV, the CCCB in El Raval creates an...more

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Can Framis, Barcelona

One of the most exciting additions to Poble Nou, a sizable working-class district that's fast becoming a creative and high-tech hub, Can Framis opened in April...more

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Caixaforum, Barcelona

For one of its first forays into Barcelona's art scene, La Caixa bank converted modernist architect Puig i Cadafalch's Casarramona, a textile factory, into a...more

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Barri Gòtic

As the name suggests, most of the architecture in this neighborhood, in the heart of Barcelona, is Gothic. Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia, where the martyred...more

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Barceloneta, Barcelona

Bordered on one side by the glitzy yachts of the Port Vell and on the other by the bronzed bodies basking on the city beaches, this triangle-shaped grid of...more

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