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Welcome to my Barcelona!
My name is Juan Carlos Vivó and I am the Expert in Music and Barcelona at the TRYP Barcelona Apolo. Here I present a small selection of places in the Barrio del Raval which is very close to the hotel and which are frequented by locals rather than tourists, places that are difficult to find in any guide book.
Our Barrio del Raval is a meeting place of nationalities, colours and a variety of conditions which has created a barrio (neighbourhood)with a strong and vibrant identity, something which is becoming harder to find these days due to the process of globalization of which we form part.
Sometimes when we visit some cities there are streets, neighbourhoods or districts which remind us of places in any other city where the only difference is perhaps the weather or simply the population itself.
But once you have visited Raval you realise that you’re in another space in another world; a hidden world within a city open to light and the sea as is Barcelona.
For many years this neighbourhood was known as the Barrio Chino (Chinatown) and was frequented by sailors and the city’s working classes. That is why, speaking of sailors visiting the city for a two-day stay, we start our route from Drassanes where we find the street that bears its name. On our right is the Santa Mónica Art Centre, a place where future talents in the arts, music and performing arts meet. On its terrace, overlooking the Ramblas, we can enjoy a coffee and admire the magnificent views.
If we continue along Avda. Drassanes, we reach the famous, recently built Rambla del Raval. On our right is one of its most traditional bars, the Bar Marsella, where intellects of the city’s golden age would enjoy the absinthe: Picasso, Dalí, Santiago Russinyol and Cases were part of their clientele. This is where Penélope Cruz, in Woody Allen’s movie “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, played one of her most photogenic scenes with Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson.
If we continue strolling along the Riera Baixa, we come across vintage and second hand shops, and a little further up in Calle Joaquim Costa is one of my favourite bars in Barcelona, the “IT”: quiet music, great atmosphere and perfect for a drink. You will feel as if you were in the dining room of your own home.
In this street there is also the oldest bar in the city, Casa Almirall, still standing and serving, and where Terenci Moix held meetings.
On our right is Plaza dels Ángels and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art where events are held such as the alternative electronic music festival SONAR. We finish our route at the Boquería Market where we can enjoy a delicious snack at affordable prices at any of the bars nearby.