El Raval is the barrio over the other side of La Rambla ie not the Gothic quarter. It shares some superficial characteristics with the Gothic quarter but despite attempts to clean up the area, it still retains some of its grittyness and beyond the trendy bars, arty boutiques and terraces, it’s still common to rub shoulders with gentleman merchants keen to vend you substances to make your mind wibble and welcoming ladies whose clothing generally fails to provide adequate umbrage for their gelatinous chests who will charge you shiny coins to touch the contents of their knickers. Think Lady Gaga but less ugly and slightly less desperate.
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