The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) will give you good reason to head into the gritty streets of the El Raval neighborhood, just west of the tourist-filled Las Ramblas. Partially located in a 19th-century almshouse, the urban culture center is a hub for discovery, debate and reflection.
The multidisciplinary institution is noted for its impressive offering of everything from debates, concerts, readings, festivals and exhibitions. Indeed, it’s those conversation-worthy rotating exhibitions that will draw the everyday visitor, so be sure to check the center’s schedule in advance to see what might be of interest to you. And, since the CCCB sits in the El Raval neighborhood, you have all the more reason to wander this often-unexplored part of Barcelona.
The CCCB is free on Sundays after 3 p.m. While in the area, you may also wish to visit the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), which is located just around the corner (MACBA is closed on Tuesdays). Note that El Raval, while a very intriguing neighborhood, can be a little rough around the edges at times, so take extra care to watch your belongings and to be aware of your surroundings.