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El gat del Raval (The Raval cat), by Botero
Sant Pau del Camp church.
Plaça dels Àngels, with the MACBA main building in the background.

El Raval is a neighborhood in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, Spain. The neighborhood is also known as Barri xinés, meaning "Chinatown." El Raval is one of the two historical neighborhoods that border the Rambla (the other being the Barri Gòtic). 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 (47.4% of its population was born abroad[1]), ranging from Pakistanis and Indonesians, to a more recent Eastern european community, especially from Romania. El Raval is also becoming one of the hippest up-and-coming neighborhoods of Barcelona where many artists live and work. It is home to many bars, restaurants, and night spots.



The northern border of the neighborhood is marked by Plaça Catalunya and Plaça Universitat, and the street which connects them, Carrer de Pelai. It ends in the east with La Rambla, and in the west and south, the neighborhood is delimited by Ronda Sant Antoni, Ronda Sant Pau and Avinguda del Paral·lel.


There are a few historical monuments such as the Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp, as well as newer additions such as the Rambla del Raval, and the MACBA (the Modern Art Museum of Barcelona) or the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. In the southern part of the neighborhood, an old wall and gate of the medieval city called Portal de Santa Madrona still exists as part of the Maritime Museum. The Raval is also known for its large cat statue by Fernando Botero, located on the Rambla del Raval. The city's most famous market, La Boqueria, is also situated in the Raval.



Barcelona Metro

Cultural depictions

  • Josep Maria de Sagarra's 1932 book Vida Privada
  • Jean Genet's 1949 book, The Thief's Journal (Journal du Voleur)
  • Eduardo Mendoza's 1975 book La verdad sobre el caso Savolta
  • Terenci Moix's 1976 book La caiguda de l'imperi sodomita
  • José Antonio de la Loma's 1977 film Las alegres chicas de El Molino
  • Francisco Casavella's 1990 book El Triunfo
  • Maruja Torres's 1997 book Un calor tan cercano
  • Francisco Casavella's 1997 book Un enano español se suicida en Las Vegas
  • José Luis Guerin's 2001 documentary En construcción
  • Francisco Casavella's 2002-2003 book trilogy El día del Watusi
  • Cesc Gay's 2003 film En la ciudad
  • Pau Miró's 2004 play Llueve en Barcelona
  • Joaquim Jordà's 2005 film De nens
  • Juan Marsé's 2005 book Canciones de amor en Lolita's Club
  • Mireia Ros's 2005 film El Triunfo
  • Antoni Verdaguer's 2006 film Raval, Raval...
  • Fernando Gómez's 2008 book El misterio de la Calle Poniente
  • Marc Pastor's 2009 book La mala dona
  • Francesc Betriu's 2009 documentary Mónica del Raval
  • Jo Sol's 2009 film The runner's salary

See also


  1. ^ En el Raval de Barcelona

External links

Coordinates: 41°22′47″N 2°10′5″E / 41.37972°N 2.16806°E / 41.37972; 2.16806


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