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El Raval is a neighborhood in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, Spain. The neighborhood, especially the part closest to the port, is also informally known as Barrio chino, meaning "Chinatown." El Raval is one of the two historical neighborhoods that border the Rambla (the other being the Barri G˛tic). The neighborhood is home to 200,000 people.

An area historically infamous for its nightlife and cabarets, as well as prostitution and crime, El Raval has changed significantly in recent years and, due to its central location, has become a minor attraction of Barcelona. It is currently the home to a very diverse immigrant community. It is home to many bars, restaurants, and night spots.

La Rambla

La Rambla Often the first landmark that people identify with the city. It is the central and the most famous boulevard which cuts through the heart of the city centre and is a vibrant and lively promenade filled with Barcelona action at its best and worst. It stretches from the harbor to La Plaša Catalunya running through the Ciutat Vella like a spine. Come here to see the street performers jump out at unsuspecting tourists, enjoy the flower and pet stalls, or just sit back and watch all of Barcelona walk by. During the day, La Rambla is packed with tourists, at night, the locals come out, as well as many prostitutes. There, you can find newspaper and book stands, birds, flowers, musicians, street-performing artists that all contribute to create a lively and unique atmosphere. If you happen to be here after Barca win, you're in for a treat! A few blocks south of its north end, you'll find La Boqueria, a very large, fresh air (but covered) market.

Drassanes - Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum The Gothic shipyard of the city. During the 14th century, the Aragˇ Crown wa the most important power in the Mediterranean Sea, and this was the main place where the ships where built. Nowadays is the Museum of the sea, and it's worth a visit more for the architectonic structure. This museum standing at the harbor depicts the Catalan maritime history of trade, wars and discoveries. If you don't want to go inside the museum, you can see a little bit looking inside thorough the big windows at the part in front of the Sea. From the Columbus sculpture to the right.

Hospital de la Santa Creu

This Gothic building was the old city hospital, before the modernist Hospital de Sant Pau was build in l'Eixample. Now the hospital has the National Library inside, and is a great example of civilian Gothic archictecture. Going down La Rambla, turn right at the Mirˇ painting.

Sant Pau del Camp (Saint Paul of the Fields)

A rare example of Romanesque archictecture in the city--the prettiest in Barcelona, and worth the visit if you don't plan to go to the PyrinÚes. Its name reflects the fact that the church was once surrounded by green fields outside the city walls. Entrance to the cloister: 2Ç. Going down La Rambla, following C/Sant Pau, which starts at the Mirˇ painting.

MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary ArtThe Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art is situated in the Plaša dels └ngels, in El Raval, Ciutat Vella. The museum opened to the public on November 28, 1995. The permanent collection dates from the mid-20th century onward. There are three periods of modern art represented: the first one covers the forties to the sixties; the second spans the sixties and seventies; the third period is contemporary. The collections focus on post-1945 Catalan and Spanish art, although some International artists are also represented.

Centre de Cultura ContemporÓnia de Barcelona

Centre de Cultura ContemporÓnia de Barcelona is a museum adjacent to the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). The building is a mixture of old and new styles, dating from the early 18th century up to recent renovation of a facade in the Plaša de les Dones. The centre, one of the most visited museums in Barcelona, hosts temporary exhibitions, a cinema, concerts and other cultural events.

CASM - Centre d'Art Santa M˛nica

A contemporary art venue, showing solo exhibitions by national and international artists. Lots of other activities. Located in the lower part of Ramblas, admission is free.

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