NileGuide Expert Says:
Explore new bars that are slightly less touristy yet very trendy in the Raval. Check out the Betty Ford Bar, where everyone goes to see and be seen. But get there before 10 or you'll be standing all night.
08002 Barcelona, Spain
tel: +34 93 285 3834 (tourist information)
NileGuide Expert tip:
For the best pizza in the city, hit up Veronica restaurant right on Rambla de Raval.
One of the most controversial, yet interesting places to visit in Barcelona, is the Raval. It is said that in ten years the Raval will be one of the most desirable barrios to live in and over the past few years it has made great strides in 'cleaning up its act.' Once known as the city's 'red-light distrcit', since 1988 the government has invested a lot of money into urban regeneration projects making the area both modern and safer. Full of life, the Raval is one of Barcelona's most authentic and vibrant neighbourhoods as it's filled with tons of cafes, bars and restaurants. The Raval is also home to the very popular MACBA (museum of modern art) and CCCB, the exhibition center next to it, where one can see young Catalan skaters practicing on their boards in the square almost any time of day. Centrally located, the Ravel is right beside Las Ramblas and is walking distance from the Gotico, the beach and Placa Catalunya.