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Districts of Barcelona

VIDEO: All About El Born, Barcelona

Written by Allison

Despite its humble beginnings, Barcelona’s El Born district (barrio) has become fashionable. It has in fact become one of the areas of the city that most people would love to live in. ShBarcelona will be happy to share more information about the district of El Born with you today!

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El Born, Barcelona

This part of the city is served by the metro stations Jaume 1 and Barceloneta on the metro yellow line. Also from here it is only a short distance to the centre of Barcelona as well as the beach.

One area of El Born that many like to visit is that known as “la Ribera“. This is originally where many of the city’s artisans lived and in fact a great many of the street names are derived from ancient crafts.

El Born Cultural Centre

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As you walk around this part of the city you find yourself surrounded by restaurants and designer boutiques. But also there are plenty of hidden squares where you can while away some time. This is often referred to as the “Soho of Barcelona”.

Until the 1980’s this area of the city was avoided. Its alleyways were quite dingy and unwelcoming. But when Barcelona hosted the Olympics things changed. This is because entrepeneurs and tourists began to see what a wonderful place El Born could be. In fact it only took ashort while for this part of the city to become the trendiest.

But the heart of El Born is considered to be the most picturesque. One area particular favoured by residents and visitors alike is Passeig del Born. This used to be the site where jousting took place in Medieval times, but has now become the hub of the areas nightlife.

As you wander around this tree lined square (its oblong in shape really) there are numerous bars you can enjoy. Certainly in the evenings these become full of hip locals in their 20’s. They will spend their evenings enjoying cocktails and beer along with nibbling on a few tasty tapas.

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The heart of El Born

Santa Maria del Mar

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Throughout the summer months this area of the city comes to life. Not only are the bars, cafes and restaurants busy, you’ll find plenty of people just sitting around on benches.

As one end of this square you’ll find one of El Born’s most famous landmarks. We are talking about the church (Santa Maria del Mar). It is easy to recognise because of the large rose shaped stain glassed window and the octagonal tower.

Below this is a beautiful little square where them are some beautiful little places to dine at al fresco. But as these cafes are so much in demand it can sometimes prove difficult to get a seat. But the wait will be worth it. Why not while a way an hour or two here just people watching and sipping on a nice cafe con leche or latte.

What do you like about El Born?

About the author


Allison is a writer who has spent a number of years traveling around Europe before deciding to make Spain her home. Since then, she has spent a lot of time enjoying all that the city of Barcelona has to offer.

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