The neighbourhood of Born, Sant Pere - Santa Catalina i la Ribera is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city. Its idiosyncrasy shows the commercial life of medieval Barcelona, one of the most important in the Mediterranean at that time. Like all or most neighbourhoods in the central district of Ciutat Vella, a large immigrant community has chosen this small and historic neighbourhood of the Ciudad Condal as its residence. Like the adjacent neighbourhoods of El Gòtic and Barceloneta, it is characterized by its narrow and dark streets, comprising of small plazas with a multitude of bars and terraces. It has interesting buildings with architectural gems, however, most of these are half forgotten and even unknown to pedestrians walking by. One of the areas in this neighbourhood, El Born, which belongs to the sub-district of La Ribera, has become one of the most bohemian and cultural areas of Barcelona.
The neighbourhood of El Born, Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera consists of three sub-neighbourhoods, each with its own identity. The first sub-neighbourhood is Sant Pere, a man who was born at the monastery of Benedictine nuns, called Sant Pere de Puel·les, located in the Plaza de Sant Pere. There is also the sub-neighbourhood of La Ribera, which was the centre of economic reference par excellence between the thirteenth and fifteenth century. You can recognize this in the street names, related to the crafts that were carried out at that time.
The district of La Ribera is distinguished by two differentiated areas: La Ribera; which is most popular, and prices of apartments are more affordable with large numbers of immigrants, and El Born; more bohemian and cultural with spacious, design apartments, with high ceilings and also high prices. The last sub-neighbourhood is Santa Caterina, characterized by its narrow and interlaced streets, with a medieval character. The beautiful market of Santa Caterina makes it an ideal area for those who decide to enjoy the most authentic Barcelona and its unique Mediterranean cuisine. Services, like restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and bohemian plazas, can be found in the entire neighbourhood, and there are excellent transport connections with other parts of Barcelona. Prices are high, especially in El Born, which has become one of the most requested neighbourhoods by artists or creative professionals of all nationalities.
When you visit the neighbourhood, you can not miss the opportunity to see the convent of Santa Caterina in Catalan Gothic style, or Santa Caterina market, which has recently been remodeled and whose multicolored mosaic rooftop is spectacular. The delicacies that are sold here, are a delight in itself. The Gothic market, located at square Pla de Palau, is also interesting. The Basilica of Santa María del Mar is a must-see, as well as the popular Ciutadella Park, home to the Barcelona Zoo and an ideal place for young people to relax, take a stroll or sunbathe on the grass.