Rambla del Raval is the centrepiece of Barcelona's increasingly hip, multicultrual Raval neighbourhood. In recent years it has been transformed into the buzzing hub of an exciting district, with plenty of street art, quirky bars and spicy eateries.
At the southern end of the Rambla del Raval is one of its top bars, Ambar, which has a retro 70s vibe and plays Indie music. Infinitely quieter at number 10 is the Cafe de les Delicies, a good spot for breakfast or tapas.
A hundred yards from here, beside a clutch of Doner Kebab emporiums and a traditional British fish n' chip shop, is Botero's famous cat sculpture, a good meeting point.
On the other side of the Rambla del Raval is an impressively shiny tower quite out of synch with the older buildings around it. This is the Barcelò Hotel. A pristine but pricey place to stay.
Near the corner of the Rambla del Raval with Carrer Hospital is the Queen of the Raval- La Reina del Raval, an elegant restaurant serving superb modern Spanish cuisine.
Rambla del Raval is generally safe and has a reassuring police presence. However, a word of warning, there are thieves operating along this drag and you should be wary returning home from a bar in the early hours of the morning.
How to Get to Rambla del Raval: Rambla del Ravla is served by Drassanes and Liceu metro stations on the green line, Catalunya on the red and green lines and Sant Antoni on the purple line.
Getting to Barcelona: Barcelona is served by Barcelona El Prat Airport, and Renfe trains connect from all other major Spanish cities to Sants Estacio.