El Raval is part of the second stage development of historic Barcelona and used to be densely populated until the city walls were removed around the turn of the 20th century and the Eixample area was built. The area is vibrant, historic, authentic and full of personality. It is a lively, multi-cultural neighbourhood with a huge variety of tempting cafes, restaurants and bars. The area has also become fashionable being host to a wide variety of art studios, galleries and trendy bookshops. El Raval offers a central location within walking distance of many of the other popular areas such as the Gothic Quarter and Eixample.