21 Jun Things to do in El Born
Located right next to La Barceloneta, the lower section of La Ribeira district of Barcelona is called El Born, named after the 19th market on Carrer del Comerç.
El Born is probably the trendiest and one of the most entertaining neighborhoods of Barcelona; home of artists, galleries, designers and creative studios. Shoppers will enjoy the many independent stores promoting local creation.
At night, the district gets animated with its hundreds of hype bars and restaurants full of a mix of an international and local crowd. Definitely the best place to experience Barcelona like a hipster!
Here is our selection of the must-sees in El Born:
Our tour starts north, not strictly in El Born, where you will find Sant Pere Place, a charming and sunny little square, typically Catalan; and its church, a former Benedictine monastery, mix of romantic and gothic architecture, particularly astonishing with the summer lights.
The Candela, a little bar on the place, is the best spot to enjoy this slice of Barcelona!
We will then take the direction of Via Laietana to discover the creation of Catalan architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, Palau de la Musica Catalana; a complex modernist concert hall, opened in 1908. The four unique and original façade of the building are worth seeing it.
The venue regularly organizes classical music or jazz concert and is also opened everyday to public for guided tours.
Our journey in El Born then drives us to Santa Caterina Market, totally renovated in 2005 with its wave style multicolor roof. You will find there a wide variety of local producers THINGSfrom flowers to meat. We particularly enjoyed the restaurant Cuines Santa Caterina and its food fusion menu.
Going deeper in the little streets of El Born, art lovers will enjoy the Picasso Museum; a complex of 5 medieval palace linked together to create a museum dedicated to the early years of the legend Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The museum also focuses on the intimate relationship between the artist and the city of Barcelona.
A couple of meters away from the museum is the real heart of El Born: Santa Maria del Mar Church, a 14th century gothic church built by local sailors with gigantic arches and surprising staines-glass windows; and behind the church Passeig del Born, an entertaining street full of bars and restaurants where all the animation takes place!
Our tour ends up with the Parc de la Ciutadella, one of the most beautiful and relaxing park in Barcelona, full of fountains and exotic plants; the best place to chill out after a walking day in El Born. Families will also enjoy Barcelona Zoo located in the park, renowned as the most impressive in Spain. Children will love to get to know “Snowflake”, an albino gorilla whereas show will go on with the dolphins.
Here are some more pictures of El Born…