Gothic Quarter, Raval Quarter and boulevard de Ramblas.
If you go downward from Plaza Catalunya, you'll reach the ancient gothic Barcelona. One of the most famous boulevards in Europe – boulevard de Ramblas – will be on your right side. Tourists are also recommended to visit Raval Quarter with its Museum of Modern Art. Gothic Quarter with its marvellous Barcelona Cathedral will be located on your left. Without visiting this ancient part of the city your impression of Barcelona would be incomplete. This is the place where you can enjoy a slow walk across numerous narrow streets of the city, do some shopping and be delighted with a special international atmosphere of this place. This is the place where one can hear various languages and dialects not only of local people, but also of tourists. This special atmosphere helps to understand the city better, as well as its past and future. If you visit Boulevard de Ramblas, we strongly recommend visiting the enormous shopping centre of Maremagnum. The centre is home to a great number of restaurants, shops, cafes and clubs. Moreover, this is a good place for entertainment - the complex contains several movie theatres, an aquarium and an IMAX theatre.
El Born and the City Park (Parc de la Ciutadella).
El Born is a very beautiful and calm area. If you decide to make a walk from the ancient part of the city to Parc de la Ciutadella, you will surely pass by El Born. This district is often called “Barcelona’s Soho” (the name came from the area in New-York). El Born is a typical example of a new creative wave in Barcelona. Just 10 years ago this area was absolutely unpopular and, of course, it wasn’t considered a place of interest and didn’t attract plenty of tourists. Because of its unique location (the district is located near Gothic Quarter, a beach and one of the most attractive parks in Barcelona Parc de la Ciutadella) initially this place was liked by eccentric people - artists and students. Artists started exhibiting their works here and opened their shops. After that, many investors realized the potential of this area and a great restoration campaign was started in the district. Tourists will see a lot of amazingly beautiful buildings there. For example, the district is home to the world-famous Picasso Museum and the Museum of Chocolate. There are also many galleries here, which exhibit paintings of local and foreign artists, as well as various cheap restaurants that serve national cuisine. More than that, this district will be loved by fans of bars.
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