Barcelona's Raval district is considered to be the ghetto tourist bullied, telling horror stories about local robbers and drug dealers. Do not exaggerate, because the Raval is not the same that before, and rob you may just as well in any other tourist area of the city, if you are not careful.
Going down the Ramblas towards the sea from the area of Catalunya, on your left is the Gothic Quarter, Raval and on the right. Most of the inhabitants of the Raval is the immigrants from Pakistan, Morocco and the Philippines. Taking a walk here sometimes forget that you are in Europe, around the colorful stalls with cheap fruits, halal shops and bright color east.
Now Raval Do not just every week opens several new stylish restaurants, bars and shops. Especially good upper Raval, this is the part that is closer to the museum MACBA. On the Pintor Fortuny street are many vegetarian restaurants and food shops helpful. For shopping streets in the Raval suggested Ferlandina, Elisabets, Doctor Dou, Riera Baixa and Tallers, you can buy vinyl records, vintage clothing and other unusual.
From the right on Rambla Raval also boasts the ancient and beautiful Boqueria market, where you can taste and buy various goodies. And on the boulevard Rambla del Raval with the statue of the legendary cat goes on Sundays handmade fair that sell different jewelry and beautiful objects that are ideal for gifts to friends.
For the party go on the street Joaquin Costa, or the lower Raval district in Video rental, where everything is mixed - hipsters, dealers, ladies and women of easy virtue.