Even though in the past El Raval could be considered the “sketchy” area to avoid, it has been stepping up its’ game and has become a trendy cultural center. And yes, you might experience a bit more “raw” lifestyle than in the rest of Barcelona, but I suggest looking at it simply as a unique edgy vibe of the area, and it might surprise you. In a good way of course!
Nou Barris, or “nine neighbourhoods” in Catalan, is the most northern part of Barcelona. Obviously, the district originally consisted of nine neighbourhoods. Due to the development of the city, there are actually 13 of them now, and the district covers an area of 8.04 km2, but the original name still stands.
The first expansion neighborhood of Barcelona – El Poble Sec, is a lovely quarter that is usually left off by tourists. The district straights from Parallel Avenue to the Montjuic hill and is famous for its pleasant and welcoming atmosphere.