21 May Things to do in La Barceloneta
Created in 1753 at the same time as Parc De La Ciutadella, La Barceloneta (the Little Barcelona) was a traditional neighborhood of fishers and sailors. Even though the district is quite modern in its conception, it has an incontestable Mediterranean charm and is renowned for the quality of its street festivals.
The district is extended in 1992 with the transformation of industrial fields to create the Olympic Village and Port for the Olympic Games. The newly created neighborhood is in motion night and day: water sports, restaurant, bars and clubs; it is always buzzing. You can also discover there “El Pez Dorado” a giant metal sculpture created by Canadian artist Frank O. Ghery for the Olympic Games that represent a fish.
Here is our selection of the best things to do in La Barceloneta and its surrounding:
La Barceloneta Beach
Obviously when it comes to talk about La Barceloneta we can’t avoid talking about its beach. Everyone will find its own happiness at La Barceloneta Beach: “Chiringuitos”, beach bars, table tennis, volleyball courts and of course sun!
Named “3rd best beach in the world” by the Discovery Channel and easy to access with its central location, the sand can get quite crowded in the summer… Make sure you arrive early to have the best sunny spot!
The Beach is also home L’Estel Ferit sculpture, often referred as The Cube, built by artist Rebecca Horn and that consists of 4 steel cubes immortalizing legendary “chiringuitos”.
The name “Chiringuito” comes from South America. They were at the time stalls selling a beverage made of coffee and sugar cane. Nowadays “chiringuitos” refer to open-air bar serving food and drinks while playing music and are an important feature of Barcelona’s beach lifestyle.
Some of them even stay open until 2am during summertime and that’s often when dawn shows up that “Chiringuitos” real face appear!
The 2 best known are Princesa 24 and Chiringuito Del Sol. Be also aware that they are often more expensive than traditional bars.
This massive shopping center is not located in the heart of La Barceloneta but a couple of meters away on an artificial island close to Port Vell. More than 50 shops are waiting for you over there for your shopping delight as well as restaurant and fast-food in case you are getting hungry… What’s more? An IMAX movie theatre is located nearby playing the most recent 3D movies!
Aquarium de Barcelona
Located in the same area as Maremagnum, El Aquarium de Barcelona describes itself as “the most important marine centre in the world concerning the Mediterranean”. Opened in 1995, the Aquarium is definitely one of the best place to be discovered with children with a focus on information, entertainment and education. It also uses state of the art technology to make the visit an interactive moment and has the biggest oceanarium in Europe.
Transbordador aeri del port
This cable car links Port Vell to Montjuic Hill of Barcelona. After a lift ride to the top of the cable car tower on Port Vell (already an experience in itself!), you board on the car for an aerial journey over the city… This experience will provide you some stunning bird-views of Barcelona and the chance to see clearly the whole city during 10 minutes. You will then arrive in Montjuic on Costa I Llobera Garden, the ideal place for the perfect view on the harbor.
Museu d’Historia de Catalunya
Located in the old harbor depot building from the opening of the 20th century, the Catalan History Museum opened in 1992 for the Olympic Games with the mission to “to conserve, exhibit and raise awareness of the history of Catalonia as our joint heritage and to strengthen citizens’ sense of identification with the nation’s history”.
The Museum tells the rich story of the region from pre-history to contemporary time through the most important collection of Catalan pieces and an outstanding virtual tour. A must see for those willing to discover all the subtleties of the Catalan culture. The building also hosts some nice seafood restaurant.
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