Safe, residential with much entertainment
Paral.lel and Poble Sec are barrios included in the district called Montjuïc. Paral.lel is an avenue that cuts down from picturesque Plaça Espanya right down to the World Trade Centre at the tip of the port. Poble Sec is an area spreading out from the middle of Paral.lel.
The areas are safe and primarily residential but there is much entertainment to be found as well. This includes popular bars, theatres and exquisite restaurants. However, whilst Paral.lel is a busy thoroughfare during the day, the areas are quiet and just a 10-20 minute walk to the centre of the city and Las Ramblas. A good choice if you want to be central but away from the crowds of tourists that populate more central areas.
Montjuïc and Plaça Espanya are also close by. The event halls and the Palau de Congressos near Plaça Espanya also make the Paral.lel / Poble Sec area perfect for those in Barcelona on business. Although both Plaça Espanya and Montjuïc have a lot to offer as well.