The old Barcino, the origin of the city we know today, where Roman ruins sit beside medieval Gothic architecture, gave rise to the first district: Ciutat Vella. Its streets, alleyways and squares are an open book where you can experience the history of Barcelona.

Ciutat Vella District

Despite its name, Ciutat Vella is one of the most lively and varied districts of Barcelona. The serenity of its hidden corners, dark and narrow streets, and almost haunted squares exude life and diversity. In Ciutat Vella you can walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans, pray in sky-high Gothic churches, follow the trail of the great Modernist architects and enjoy the most contemporary culture of the city in the El Raval neighbourhood.

Ciutat Vella District
Ciutat Vella District
Ciutat Vella District

The Ciutat Vella district is comprised of the following areas:

  • Barceloneta

    This was the former seafarers’ district. It has the closest beach to the city centre. It is an ideal place for practising outdoor sports.
  • Bogatell / Ciutadella

    These areas are very close to the Bogatell Beach and the Olympic Port area with its vibrant nightlife.
  • El Born

    Houses cultural and traditional buildings close to the centre of Barcelona. It has a bohemian atmosphere with its vintage clothes shops and a lively nightlife with many restaurants and bars.
  • El Raval

    This is an interesting and exciting area of Barcelona, although it has its dark and sordid side. It is not the safest or cleanest part of the city but it has its own unique personality and character.
  • The Gothic Quarter

    Characterised by its old, winding, cobbled streets, its picturesque architecture and its large restaurants and cafeterias full of charm.
  • La Rambla

    Barcelona’s most famous and busiest street which joins the city centre with the sea.
  • The neighbourhood of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and la Ribera

    This is Barcelona’s medieval district, located on the eastern part of the city. It is characterised by its narrow and intertwined streets which give it a unique feel.
Ciutat Vella District
Ciutat Vella District
Ciutat Vella District
Ciutat Vella District
Ciutat Vella District
Ciutat Vella District
  • Ciutat Vella. Residents


    In Ciutat Vella you will find a diverse community made up principally of tourists, artists and retailers.

  • Ciutat Vella. Shopping


    Markets: Santa Caterina, La Boqueria and La Barceloneta.

    Shopping centres: El Triangle, El Corte Inglés-Porta del Angel, Maremagnum, El Corte Inglés-La Rambla, El Corte Inglés-Plaza Catalunya.

    La calle de Pelai, la avenida del Portal de l'Àngel and the adjacent streets constitute a fantastic shopping area. In the Gothic Quarter and the Born and La Ribera district you will find a whole host of select shops from different sectors.