Barcelona/Ciutat Vella

Ciutat Vella (Catalan for Old city) is, as its name suggests, the oldest part of Barcelona. Centred along the Las Ramblas boulevard, it includes Barcelona's old port as well as parts built from the early Middle Ages to mid-19th century. Ciutat Vella is where the nightlife, as well as the tourist traffic in Barcelona is centred.

If you are looking for the famous Gaudi creations, they are not here - head over to Eixample and Gracia to see them.

View of Las Ramblas, Barcelona


The district is divided in four quarters:

Get in

Since Ciutat Vella is also the city center, nearly all public transportation leads you there. The transportation center is Plaça Catalunya, and is possible to arrive by train, subway (L1, L3, L6, L7) and bus (many regular ones during day, all the night lines and Aerobus to the Airport).

There are also two other places very close to Plaça Catalunya where the subway and the buses stop, Plaça Universitat, with L1 and L2 lines and Plaça Urquinaona, with L4 and L2 lines.

To reach the other parts of the district, the maximum time to get to the furthest part of the city is twenty minutes.


La Ribera


Barri Gòtic

Placa Reial





Port Vell (Old Port)



The seafront at Barceloneta



  • Cansaladeria i Formatgeria Josep's, stands 176-179,  +34 93 302 1880. Front-line stand featuring most of hams and meats a tourist needs. Accepts credit cards(!) and has vacuum packaging for any purchase so you don't worry through the rest of the day about smell of all the chorizos you bought.
Market at Place del Pi at night

Clothes, shoes, and accessories


This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Up to €10
Mid-range €10 - €25
Splurge €25 and up

You can eat for little money. Avoid La Rambla, since the prices there are much higher and the quality is lower.



Traditional Spanish food

  • L'Elx, Maremagnum (don't confuse with Tapas Bar which Maremagnum scheme leads you to),  +34 93 225 81 17. Has a summer terrace. Rice and noodle specialties: 10-17 (paella: 14-15); salads 6.80-10.80; warm starters 4.90-15; main courses 11.9-25.

Modern creative cuisine

Non-Spanish cuisine

  •   Pla del Palau, 8.
  • Placa de les Olles, 11. Less crowded in the daytime than in the first location.







There are a lot of hotels, hostals, and pensions in Ciutat Vella.

Avoid accommodation on/very close to Ramblas: it's not noisy only from 7AM to 8:30AM, seven days a week. Compared to Rambla, Born seems much more relaxed and off-the-beaten path district for accommodation.


Increasingly, there are also many Youth Hostels that offer budget accommodation to those who don't mind bunking in a dormitory with other travelers.

Hostals and Pensions


Stay safe

Watch out for purse snatchers along the seafront, and never leave anything valuable unattended while going for a swim. On busy days there will usually be patrolling police along the beach. Thieves tend to steal peoples bags on the beach (they even attempt to do so while you are there with your bag). La Rambla as well is a smorgasbord for pickpockets. See Barcelona#Stay safe for more info on pickpocket tactics and other scams.

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