El Born is currently one of the trendiest in town, both for locals and foreigners, that swarm around the charming boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants. It’s one of the most popular places in Barcelona to go out at night.
A bit of history
A good part of this neighborhood was demolished in order to construct an infamous and now extinct military fortress, that was built in the Ciutadella Park, the first ever public park in Barcelona.
Even though the official name of this quarter is La Ribera, it’s popularly known as El Born because of the former market of the same name. Now turned into a cultural center, this 19th century lanmark was so influential that renamed the whole area. Nowadays, El Born Centre Cultural is a milestone of this part of Barcelona.
El Born Centre Cultural
What to see
This district dates from medieval times, when it was actually a more thriving neighborhood.
Formerly, it accomodated several well-to-do palaces along Montcada street that are worthy a look. Some of them were later turned into relevant institutions, like the Picasso Museum, one of the most visited museums in Barcelona.
Also, right in the heart of this quarter, rises one of its most important landmarks, Santa María del Mar, the best exponent of a catalan gothic style church.
On the other hand, Santa Caterina market is another venue that must be explored. This colorful and surprising food market, that rivals in charm with its counterpart, La Boquería, is a feast for the senses.
Finally, a visit to the Palau de la Música Catalana is a must, an architectural masterpiece of the catalan art nouveau movement.
Dig further into the neighborhood’s history and landmarks by taking part in a walking tour with tapas and drinks. Or instead, visit Barcelona’s most iconic food markets in this 4 hour foodies market tour.
See Hotels in El Born
El Born District
How to get there
Metro Line 4: Jaume I Station. Bus: 14, 17, 19, 39, 45, 51, 120
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