Barceloneta is one of the most known neighborhoods in Barcelona. The former fishermen’s town forms an inseparable entity with the beach of the same name, and quite frankly, neither one could exist without the other. It was ranked by National Geographic as the #1 spot on the Top 10 Beach Cities in the world. Find out what to see in Barceloneta.
No neighborhood in Barcelona is closest to the beach than Barceloneta. Some residents here can walk out of their buildings and set their feet on the sand after just a few steps. Not to mention that the same goes for all kinds of bars and restaurants that are rampant across every street in this barrio.
What to see in Barceloneta
Some of the best seafood restaurants in town are in Barceloneta. Whether is across the Passeig de Juan de Borbó, the Passeig Maritim or hidden inside the neighborhood, the offer is excellent and generous so is the perfect spot for dining out. The place is also filled with “Chiringuitos“, spanish word for snack bar and drinks stand, pretty much a bar right at the beach. You can enjoy a cocktail, wine or beer, listen to music and relax with your feet on the sand.
Hitting the beach is top priority and it doesn’t matter the season, the Barceloneta beach is the most famous one in the city and there is always a good atmosphere. Once the light hits in a special way, the streets in Barceloneta get filled with a one-of-a-kind charming atmosphere. Get lost on the streets and saviour the climate of one of the most unique districts in Barcelona.
The boardwalk down the Barceloneta Beach all the way to the Maremagnum esplanade is the perfect place to practice all kinds of sports. Biking, running and skating are the most popular ones.
The place is also popular for riding other kind of electric driven vehicles. Right by Port Vell, on the opposite side of Barceloneta, you can end (or begin) your day at the beach by shopping at Maremagnum, the best venue for getting everything you want under one roof.
Just minutes away from Maremagnum, children can have the time of their lifes visiting the Barcelona Aquarium is just around the corner too. Home to over 450 different species, it has over 35 habitats and an incredible 80 mt (262 ft) long underwater tunnel.
Take a ride on Barcelona’s Port Cable Car (Aeri del Port), the easiest way to get to Montjuïc and get the best views of all Barceloneta and La Rambla. Buses #17, #36, #39, #45, #59 and #64 will take you there. This is the real deal for getting the most exciting views of aerial Barcelona.
Brief history of Barceloneta
La Barceloneta was laid out on the 18th century in order to give housing for all the displaced residents with the construction of the Barcelona Ciutadella.
The first ones to settle there were fishermen but their living conditions were pretty rough.
These conditions changed when the first houses were built and nowadays Barceloneta still holds to the small fishermen’s town charm, but at the same time it’s filled with activity, restaurants and nightlife. It’s one of the city’s magnets for leisure.
How to get to Barceloneta
Take the Metro Line 4 and go to Barceloneta Station. You can also take the following Bus: #17, #19, #36, #39, #40, #45, #59, #64.
Map of the Area
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