A letter to the the Catalan daily La Vanguardia highlights the plight of residents disturbed by nocturnal revelry on some streets of Barcelona’s Raval district.
“For us residents it’s impossible to sleep because night after night more than 300 people gather [in the street] and do nothing but drink, shout or fight amongst themselves,” writes a local resident called José Hernández in a letter to the editor last Sunday.
He was complaining about something known is Spain as a “botellón”, which is basically a big booze up in the street. Young revellers bring their own alcohol to avoid spending money in bars. It happens all over Spain.
“They urinate against the walls of houses and the illegal sale of beer never stops,” he continues.
The Guardia Urbana, or local cops, turn a blind eye, he complains. After countless telephone calls they most they do is drive by, “but after a few minutes everything continues as before.”
Apparently the problem is concentrated on certain streets in the Raval, namely the calles Lancaster, Arc del Teatre, Guàrdia and Nou de La Rambla, all towards the bottom of the Raval near Las Ramblas.
“We residents feel helpless and are being forced to abandon the neighbourhood where we were born, as it seems we are living in hell,” he ends.
Barcelona’s Raval district is centrally located close to many of the cities main attractions, and some parts of it have lots of character. House prices there are also attractive, but by the sounds of things, it might be worth avoiding those streets if you are looking at property in Barcelona.