Barcelona's first district emerged from a walled precinct that surrounded the ancient city. This is what is known as Ciutat Vella, the old town, a fascinating network of streets and squares where you can trace Barcelona's history.
Ciutat Vella includes four neighbourhoods, each of which was of crucial importance in Barcelona's construction, and they have become a place of pilgrimage for visitors: the Barri Gòtic, which is the town's oldest quarter, the place where you could say that it all started; Sant Pere, Santa Caterina, El Born i La Ribera, the medieval neighbourhood; El Raval, the centre that was structured around the rural roads outside the walls; the Port Vell and Barceloneta, a fishing quarter in the harbour which was built in the mid-eighteenth century under the supervision of the Ciutadella, the military fortress built to suppress the locals after the 1714 revolt.
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- The RAVAL
Barcelona's Raval neighbourhood, which was hemmed in by the city walls until 1859, is now bounded by La Rambla, Carrer Pelai, the Ronda Sant Antoni, Ronda Sant Pere and the Paral·lel.
- The BARCELONETA
The Barceloneta was once the home of fishermen, people associated with the fishing trade and the metal industry, and is now one of the city's most visited and popular districts.