Postcards: El Raval, Barcelona

I had some ‘alone’ time in Barcelona and decided to take a solo stroll along the streets running to La Rambla. Our hotel was situated at El Raval, a densely-populated barrio or barri that used to have a seedy reputation but is now considered ‘hip’ with its restaurants, cafes, boutiques, a museum and a cultural center.

I only snapped a few pictures though, because I soon found myself in front of a heavenly-smelling pastry shop that we’d seen the day before and could not resist going in for some savory/sweet bread. I walked on with that in one hand and a drink in the other, window-shopped at some boutiques, browsed in a vintage record shop with a poster of Bob Marley out front, and bought some stuff at the CCCB bookstore. My camera stayed inside my bag.

I had a great time. 🙂

I want that and that and that and that… 😉

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(Next on the Postcards series: We’re going to church!)

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33 thoughts on “Postcards: El Raval, Barcelona

    • I know! Haha. I only nibbled on one (secretly) as eating on the streets is uncommon in Spain. But I wanted to scarf them down as soon as I left the store. 😀

  1. Tita Buds ha, kaya pala ang tagal mo nang magpost. Sobrang busy kakagala. Busyng busy ang summer. hehehe.

    Nakakagutom yung bakery!

    • Walang katulad talaga ang amoy ng freshly-baked bread. Tingnan mo naman ang presentation, waah!
      Last year pa yang gala ko. 🙂 I haven’t decided on where to go this summer. Semana Santa muna. 🙂 (ay, ok lang bang may ‘smiley’ following ‘semana santa’?)

      • Ok lang siguro smiley. Ako nga last year, kasama sa menu ang wine. hehe..

        Akala ko, this year yan. Kala ko nga dyan ka na mag holy week eh. Kung ano man ang mapag desisyunan mo, I want to see lots of pictures. 🙂

        Enjoy your holiday. 🙂

  2. Such a lovely place Tita Buds! The bread in the window and the pastries, now that is my idea of some ‘alone’ time 🙂 I can just see you strolling around with a drink and sweet bread. I love the shot of the building with the balconies. The food shots! What a fun and beautiful Series!

    • Thanks! The area is far less crowded than La Rambla and I loved being able to walk around observing the daily goings-on of the locals.
      Those balconies are typical in Spain (& in most of Europe, I think) and usually very pretty. 🙂

  3. Well, I cannot blame you for not taking any more shots! Wow those pastries look amazing. I envy your time alone in El Raval!
    Are we going to “the” church in the next post? Besides “the” church in Barcelona I would also love to see Sta. María del Mar, the church of “The Cathedral of the Sea” by Idelfonso Falcones; I owe my pen name to that church! (well, the book – but the book is about the church!)

    • Hmm, I’ll have to look that up, “Aledys”. 🙂
      Yup, we’re going to the church next, although we’ll only be gawking at it from outside as the lines for the inside tour are longer than the Great Wall of China, hehe.

      • Oh there’s an idea for a new post – it will all be revealed there, I think 😉
        I can imagine that you would in fact need an entire blog to cover that amazing work of art. Looking forward to your next post.

  4. Yummy!!! El Raval is a neighbourhood with its own pace, rythm and spirit and the best way to experience it is exactly what you did: wandering, getting lost and having delicious food!

    • I am actually glad that no one told me before my stroll about El Raval’s previous reputation or that I should ”beware” of pickpockets and some such in the area because I truly enjoyed it and no one bothered me at all.
      Your city is amazing. 🙂

      • Yay! In truth, we do have a problem with pickpockets though the issue isn’t as bad as it was since they changed the city’s government…

        I guess the trick is to walk around looking like you know exactly where you are and where you’re going.

  5. You know you’re having a good vacation when your stroll through interesting streets is disrupted by “heavenly-smelling” pastries. 🙂

  6. Tita your posts make me want to dump China and Egypt and dig out my Barcelona pics instead 🙂
    Neat post..look forward to the church visit!

    • Haha, well I hope you still keep the China & Egypt posts coming ’cause I’ve been getting some interesting history lessons (the illustrated edition at that). 🙂

  7. Your photos are fabulous. I don’t blame you for putting your camera away in your bag and just enjoying the time alone. I think sometimes we just to step away from the cameras.

  8. I can remember quite a few years ago this area was a bit sketchy and I’ve met a few people who were mugged in this area. I’m sure I came across a dead man in a car too but he could have just been sleeping! Good place though with character.

    • I hear that that’s the kind of (very interesting, heh) neighborhood it used to be. It’s still got character, I’m glad to report, as the really trendy spots are mostly located on one end. 🙂

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