Aerial view of Barceloneta. © JackF/

Barceloneta is one of the most famous 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.

You can’t miss a visit to this dynamic part of Barcelona!


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Brief history of Barceloneta

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Barceloneta was first laid out on the 18th century, in order to give housing for all the displaced residents with the construction of the Ciutadella. Even though nowadays it’s highly demanded and in fashion, its first settlers were fishermen that lived in pretty rough conditions.

These situation changed gradually when the first houses were built. Today, 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.


Guided tour of the Barceloneta

What to see in Barceloneta

Hitting the beach is top priority and it doesn’t matter the season, Barceloneta beach is the most famous in the city.

You can also enjoy:

  • Some of the best seafood restaurants in town. The offer is excellent and generous so is the perfect spot for dining out.
  • Have a drink or snack in a “Chiringuito“. Enjoy a cocktail or beer, whilst listening to music with your feet in the sand.
  • Practicing sports along the beach promenade. Biking, running and skating are very popular options.
  • After the beach, head to Maremagnum for a relaxed shopping experience.
  • Visit the Barcelona Aquarium, a winning choice if you travel with children. Home to over 450 different species, it has over 35 habitats and an incredible 80 mt (262 ft) long underwater tunnel.
  • Finally, 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 the neighborhood and La Rambla. This is the real deal for getting the most exciting views of aerial Barcelona.
Barceloneta was ranked by National Geographic as the #1 spot on the Top 10 Beach Cities in the world.

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No neighborhood in Barcelona is closest to the beach. Some residents here can walk out of their buildings and set their feet on the sand after just a few steps. The same goes for all the bars and restaurants scattered across every street.

How to get there

Take the metro Line 4 and go to Barceloneta Station. You can also take the following buses: 39, 45, 59, 64, V15, D20.


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The best tours in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia guided tour + fast track entrance and towers

Admire the most famous monument in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia through this 1,5 hour guided tour that includes fast track entrance and visit to the towers for extraordinary views of Barcelona.

Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Fast Track Guided Tour (with transfer)

Discover two of the most precious landmarks in Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. This tour includes fast track entrance, guided visit and transfer to both of these monuments designed by Gaudi.

Park Güell Fast Track Entrance and Guided Tour

Visit one of Barcelona’s most amazing landmarks in this 1,5 hour guided tour of Park Güell. Learn all about this magnificent modernist work by Gaudi, one of the places that make Barcelona a unique city.

Sagrada Familia guided tour - Fast Track entrance

This 1,5 hour guided tour will give you instant access to Barcelona’s biggest landmark: Sagrada Familia. Enjoy the most impressive architecture and ornaments with a Fast Track entrance.

Camp Nou & FC Barcelona Museum 3-Hour guided tour

Discover the Camp Nou Stadium and the Barcelona Football Club Museum, one of the most emblematic visits in the city. This 3-hour guided visit will take you through Camp Nou Stadium and the amazing history of the Barça football club.

Montserrat morning tour from Barcelona

Immerse yourself in the magic of Montserrat, one of the most special locations near Barcelona. This morning guided tour invites you to explore this mountain retreat, as well as its monastery, funiculars and mountain paths leading to spectacular views.

Game of Thrones Girona guided tour

Experience the magic of the fabulous Girona’s historical center through the scenarios of Game of Thrones. Explore the medieval city, one of the settings of the famous hit TV show, in this 6 hour guided tour from Barcelona.

Day trip to Girona and Figueres with Dalí Museum

Enjoy Girona and Figueres, Salvador Dalí’s hometown in this guided full day tour. Walk through the picturesque streets of medieval Girona and visit the Dalí-Theater Museum in Figueres, the biggest collection of the surrealist artist.

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