6th June 2012
Be Mar Hostel is located in the Raval, at the heart of Barcelona’s bohemian center. The Raval Quarter has changed a lot over the years. Today the district is a mix of the old and new, foreign and local, sophisticated and folkloric, and the modern and classic ways of life.
Raval has a lot to offer. The best way to discover it is by walking around its many intricate alleys and backstreets, or as they say in Barcelona, “ravaleando”. Here we will explain the Top 5 things to do near our Be Mar Hostel in the Raval so you can “ravalear” and discover this great neighborhood while here with us during your stay.
Visit El Gato Botero
El Gato Botero is a symbol of Barcelona and the Raval. Hanging out the bottom of the Rambla de Raval, this statue of a cat seems to have found its place after having spent no less than 15 years looking for a home . El Gato Botero always receives his visitors with a smile.
Skate @ MACBA
With a few different sized legdes, some drops, a nice 5 set and the newly renovated big 3 set in the back, this place has a lot to offer the skaters who come here from all over the world every year. That’s the other great part of skating at the MACBA: the vibe. Granted the atmosphere can change from day to day, but resident an visiting skaters are generally friendly and in a good mood. Who wouldn’t be while skating in Barcelona?
Walk around Port Vell
Port Vell is the waterfront harbour in Barcelona’s center and forms part of the Port of Barcelona. It was built as part of an urban renewal program prior to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Before this, it was a run-down area made up of empty warehouses, railroad yards, and factories. All that has changed and 16 million people now visit the harbour each year.
Port Vell (the Old Port) is now a focal point of Barcelona and a major tourist attraction. Many shops and places of interest are located there. These include: Maremàgnum (a mall with shops, a multiplex cinema, bars and restaurants), IMAX Port Vell, and Europe’s largest Aquarium- home to 8000 Fish and 11 sharks living in 22 basins filled with 6 million litres of sea water. A pedestrian walkway, la Rambla de Mar, connects Las Ramblas to Port Vell. This walkay is also a draw bridge, so that ships can enter and exit the harbour whenever they need.
Visit Boquería Marquet
Situated just a few paces off Barcelona´s most famous street, La Rambla, lies La Boqueria – a must-see for any visitor to the city. This world-renowned market (part of a strong market tradition in Barcelona) is a tourist attraction in its own right, thus illustrating the impact that it has on those who enter this sensorial paradise after walking through its Modernist-influenced entrance way. La Boqueria is an intense and beautiful experience. First-time visitors are immediately struck by the sights, sounds and smells that come out from the vast variety of stalls.
There are numerous fruit stands situated at the front of the market, which display an almost overwhelming palate of colours. Find more info about Barcelona Markets here.
Go Party to Apolo Club
The Apolo Club is one of the most legendary nightlife spots in Barcelona. Opening over 25 years ago, the club has come to be the local reference when looking to go out and dance. Whatever style of music was fashionable at the time, “El Apollo” has played it all. The club currently works both as a concert hall and dance club` with both ambients open simultaneously on any given night. With a capacity for 400 and 1100 people respectively, Apollo is host to some of the most interesting concerts scheduled in Barcelona. ( Apolo club is temporaly out of service, it will be opened soon )
These are just a few things you can enjoy near our Be Mar Hostel in Barcelona. With rooms starting at 20€ per person per night, the neighborhood has a lot to offer- and many things for free- starting with these 5 wonderful places! Don’t miss the opportunity and book online with us at Barcelona Hostels.