Parallel to the Ramblas, but miles away from the crowds, La Rambla del Raval is the result of the demolition of a section of slum housing in Raval to create an open street. There are plenty of benches where you can sit and watch hippies juggling fire and men clandestinely selling beer cans.
La Rambla del Raval is definitely very seedy but in a good way. It boasts some of Barcelona's best kebab shops, notably King Donner. The area is becoming more trendy, there are some nice bars up and down the street, including OmBar at the bottom.
It's a nice place to sit out drinking late at night, people watching, and in the summer there are music events staged here. There is a good but pricey market every day but Sunday.
There are occasional demonstrations here too.
Nearest metro: Sant Antoni
This park, formerly a military base, is more interesting for its social life than its botanic and architectural value. There’s a romantic lake where you can hire boats, a cute winter garden and abundant vegetation.
There’s an eclectic bunch of visitors to the park – couples searching for a spot to share some intimacy, old folks feeding the birds and the unmissable improvised percussion jams on Sundays.
Ciutadella Park, Passeig Pujades; nearest metro: Ciutadella-Vila Olimpica
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