Top Choice Palace in El Raval

Palau Güell

Palau Güell is a magnificent example of the early days of Gaudí’s fevered architectural imagination. The extraordinary neo-Gothic mansion, one of the few major buildings of that era raised in Ciutat Vella, gives an …
Top Choice Market in El Raval

Mercat de la Boqueria

Mercat de la Boqueria is possibly La Rambla’s most interesting building, not so much for its Modernista-influenced design (it was actually built over a long period, from 1840 to 1914, on the site of the former St Jo…
Top Choice Arts Centre in El Raval


Designed by Richard Meier and opened in 1995, MACBA has become the city's foremost contemporary art centre, with captivating exhibitions for the serious art lover. The permanent collection is on the ground floor and…
Historic Building in El Raval

Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu

Behind La Boqueria stands the Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu, which was once the city’s main hospital. Founded in 1401, it functioned until the 1930s, and was considered one of the best in Europe in its medieval he…
Street in El Raval

Rambla del Raval

This broad boulevard was laid out in 2000 as part of the city's plan to open up this formerly sleazy neighbourhood, with some success. Now lined with palm trees and terrace cafes, it hosts a craft market every weeke…
Gallery in El Raval

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

A complex of auditoriums, exhibition spaces and conference halls opened here in 1994 in what had been an 18th-century hospice, the Casa de la Caritat. The courtyard, with a vast glass wall on one side, is spectacula…
Church in El Raval

Església de Sant Pau del Camp

The best example of Romanesque architecture in the city is the dainty little cloister of this church. Set in a somewhat dusty garden, the 12th-century church also boasts some Visigothic sculptural detail on the main…
College in El Raval

Institut d'Estudis Catalans

The Institute for Catalan Studies sits in the 17th-century Casa de Convalescència, once part of the hospital that formed this complex.
Gallery in El Raval

La Capella

The Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu's 15th-century former chapel is now an exhibition space, with frequent temporary exhibitions.