Barcelona's El Raval neighborhood has had many names and different faces: Red Light District, Chinatown, Little Islamabad, Arrabal, Ravalkistan, Rawal … past, the Raval was the neighborhood outside the walls of Barcelona: a seedy port district, full of drugs , criminals and prostitutes, also home to immigrants. Raval and marginality were synonymous, but it is precisely this characteristic that gave the neighborhood its existing charm and character. Today, the Raval is one of the most emblematic of Barcelona. Is the fashion district and as such, has a huge range of culture and leisure: bars, pubs and clubs as fashion, ethnic or fusion restaurants, shawarma on every corner, museums and art galleries … The entertainment over night in the city have settled in the area and live with vestiges of Raval.
Despite the makeover, in the Raval guess still remains what it was: a neighborhood of immigrants, women of ill repute and some crime … La Rambla del Raval is a new space gained the neighborhood. This is a lovely avenue, dominated by locals and people of Arab origin. Hence, the neighborhood was known as Little as Ravalquistan or Islamabad. El Raval is populated by families of foreigners, particularly from Morocco, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and countries of South and Central America.
In contrast, the upper Raval is the cultural center of the neighborhood and Barcelona. sta home to several universities, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, the FAD (Promotion of Decorative Arts), and small art galleries. One of the emblematic streets of the district is Calle de la Cera. Formerly lived on this street many Gypsies and became famous because there was born the famous rumba catalana. Its name comes from the rivers of wax that is formed because of the many candles placed before the Virgin of the street to protect against plague. The bar Marseille, Carrer Sant Pau, is a must. At the beginning of the century was a distinguished coffee upper-class snobs, but eventually became the epicenter of the alternate life. Another of the treasures of Sant Pau Street decorations are beautiful modernist rooms at the Hostal Spain, the work of Domenech i Muntaner. El Raval is certainly a fascinating area. Find out through its small and narrow streets, or as they say in Barcelona, "Raval". Rent to discover the taste of a mythical neighborhood, El Raval.