El Raval, Barcelona


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Barcelona's Raval neighborhood covers the area west of Las Ramblas.

Metro stops: Universitat, Parallel, Drassanes

In a nutshell

Barcelona's Raval was historically the red-light zone and a slum of Old Barcelona. However, it’s quickly becoming the city’s new “in” area. Numerous bars and clubs frequented by young artists and bohemian types now fill formerly sketchy alleyways. If you’re into an alternative scene, the Barcelona Raval is where it’s at… but it’s still a good idea to keep a close watch on your wallet and pocketbook at night.