Best areas to stay in Barcelona

The Best Areas To Stay In Barcelona

November 30, 2016 10:00 am

Trying to figure out where to stay in Barcelona? We’ve got you covered with our intro to four major neighbourhoods…

Finding somewhere to stay in Barcelona is easy – in fact, there are quite a few good areas to consider. If you’re wracking your brain trying to figure out which neighbourhood will best suit you, don’t fret! Here, we’re going to introduce you to some of the options available to help you decide.

El Raval

This area is lively and vibrant, so it’s mostly recommended for seasoned travellers, perhaps those without children. It’s also full of rich history, which makes it an appealing place for curious historians. It’s full of a hearty mixture of restaurants, bars, cafes and art galleries, all entwined with old style buildings. Located within walking distance of other central areas of Barcelona, such as Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter, and is close to all of the city’s main attractions.

Affordable with plenty of hostels and budget-friendly hotels, it’s ideal for more budget-conscious traveller. Authentic and full of personality, El Raval may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The southern area of El Raval in particular can be a little rough around the edges, particularly at night, so it’s best to keep your wits about you.

If you’re planning on renting a car, El Raval might not be the neighbourhood for you, due to its narrow winding streets. However, if you’re on foot and love an adventure, it’s perfect. The nearest Metro stop is at Las Ramblas.


Not a typo, this is one of the more fashionable neighbourhoods in Barcelona, with a number of hotels opened in converted villas and palaces. So you know you’ll be sleeping like royalty! Being such a trendy destination, L’Eixample is home to a number of Modernista buildings including the Sagrada Familia as well as high-end restaurants, clubs, and bars. Prices are higher on average compared to El Raval, however it’s possible to affordable bed & breakfasts. We’d recommend this for adults looking to unwind, but it’s well suited to families too.

In terms of transportation, the area is well-served by buses and taxis however, as it’s generally quite busy, we wouldn’t recommend it for nervous drivers. There are also a number of metro stops nearby.

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Las Ramblas

This is definitely one of the most famous streets in the city due to its range of shops and lively markets such as the famous Boqueria food market! As far as being one of the best areas to stay in Barcelona goes, it’s pretty desirable to say the least. There’s range of accommodation options from pricier hotels to hostels and self-catered apartment rentals. With plenty of cafes and restaurants around, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to sampling the local culinary delights.

This area is best enjoyed on foot, as the markets themselves are pedestrian-only. However, it’s easy to hop on a bus nearby, and it’s visited by the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour if you pick up a ticket for that. There are also a few taxi ranks and a Metro stops dotted around, so you’re pretty spoilt for transport links.

This one is ideal for families, but it can get a little busy at times, so be mindful of that if you have little ones.

Gothic Quarter

East of Las Ramblas, this is one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Barcelona. Full of old buildings and beautiful sights, it’s a breathtaking experience to take in all the culture and history. Like the other areas we’ve mentioned, it’s full of restaurants, bars and the like, as well as plenty of galleries and museums making it a lively and exciting part of the city.  Perhaps surprisingly, it’s one of the less expensive areas to stay in Barcelona, simply because of the number of hostels and smaller hotels around. There are plenty of boutique accommodations to choose from too, so both ends of the spectrum are well-served. There’s something for everyone here, so whether you’re travelling as a couple, with friends, with your family or even alone (this is probably the best location for solo travellers), the Gothic Quarter is ideal.

With a number of bus stops dotted through the Gothic Quarter as well as main metro stops Las Ramblas and Jaume 1, the neighbourhood is also well-serviced by taxis.

As we said at the start, you’re pretty spoilt for choice when picking areas to stay in Barcelona, but we hope to have narrowed down your research a little! Wishing you a good trip.

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