The central part of Barcelona, having an area of about 4.5 square kilometers (almost 2 square miles) and population of 110,000 people, is called Ciutat Vella. This is the part of Barcelona where you can find its famous Gothic Quarter, El Raval and La Barceloneta.
The Gothic Quarter is one of the most popular places for outdoor activities in Barcelona. Barri Gotic consists of very narrow medieval streets whose width doesnt exceed 2 -3 meters. You can easily get lost there but to be in Barcelona and not to see its Gothic Quarter means not to see its most interesting and colorful part. Cathedral, the most famous and popular church of Barcelona is situated there. There are also lots of cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques in Barri Gotic, so it is a very good place not only for sightseeing but for shopping.
El Raval is a little bit dangerous at night time but is still popular among tourists. Walking there is one of outdoor activities in Barcelona. It is located not far from Las Ramblas and Barri Go?tic. There are crowds of people in its bars, art studios and galleries.
La Barceloneta is a famous Barcelona beach situated in the very centre of the city. It will take you about 15 minutes to walk there from Las Ramblas. La Barceloneta was called the worlds best city beach for several times. So, it is not surprising that there are lots of people. You can find a plenty of restaurants serving seafood in La Barceloneta. Barcelona aquarium, one of the biggest and the most beautiful aquariums of Europe, is situated next to Barceloneta,
El Born (Ribera) is a swanky part in the centre of Barcelona, near Barri Gootic and La Barceloneta. This place was the most expensive even in the middle of the last century and now its streets are full of luxurious boutiques and restaurants. Passeig el Born is the central street of the district. By the way, El Born (Ribera) is the place where famous museum of Picasso is located.