One of the most popular districts in Barcelona’s Cuitat Vella, or Old City, La Ribera is a charming maze of streets at the forefront of the city’s design, entertainment and fashion trends, earning itself the nickname ‘Barcelona’s SoHo’. Located just east of the central Barri Gotic area and encompassing the historic sub-neighborhood of El Born and the picturesque Parc de la Ciutadella, La Ribera is one of the city’s hottest destinations, teeming with intimate cafés, bijou bars and traditional restaurants.

A number of key architectural masterpieces lie in La Ribera, most notably the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palau de la Musica Catalana, a modernist marvel designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and the domineering Gothic Santa Maria del Mar, or St Mary of the Sea Cathedral, built in the 12th century by Berenguer de Montagut and renowned as one of the country’s finest examples of Catalan Gothic architecture. Another striking landmark is the Arc de Triomf, a richly decorated arch and pedestrian walkway designed by Josep Vilaseca in a neo-Mudéjar style and serving as the monumental gateway to the Parc de la Ciutadella.

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Skip the Line: Barcelona Palau de la Música Catalana Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 60 minutes

From USD $20.45

Barcelona Electric Bike Tour with Tapas and Drinks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 42 Reviews

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $55.66

Barcelona Coastal Tour by Scooter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $56.79
From USD $24.99

Barcelona Gourmet Food and La Boqueria Market Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 75 Reviews

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $24.99

Barcelona Ghost Night Walking Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 31 Reviews

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $15.90

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