The bohemian heart of Barcelona, this fashionable area is characterised by narrow, winding alleys, classy bars and chic boutiques. This medieval labyrinth is cladded with cultural gems, from incredible, hidden restaurants to art museums and historic squares.
The area connects the tourist center of Las Ramblas and the surrounding el Gotico with seaside Barceloneta, making it busy with tourists, international residents and locals alike. However, despite it’s popularity, authenticity and a local atmosphere can still be felt in most areas, and there is still very much a strong sense of community in some parts.
Unique & Different
This museum is famous both for the artist and for the building. The permanent collection includes more than 3,500 works from the artist in his early years, which also reveals his relationship with Barcelona that would continue throughout his life. The museum has paintings as well as 42 pieces of ceramic. There is also a bookshop and an open-air terrace café restaurant.
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Palau de la Música Catalana
This Music Palace is a concert hall opened in 1908. The mission of the Fundació Orfeó Català-Palau de la Música is to foster music and the Palau de la Música Catalana organises daily guided tours of the Modernist Concert hall.
Textile and Costume Museum
This museum explains the evolution of textile art in 1500 years and has an amazing collection of clothes and jewellery. There are donations from major collectors showing fashion from the 17th century to the 20th century. Important donations include ones from famous collectors like Manuel Rocamora and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
El Born is one of the most trendy and popular districts in Ciutat Vella (the old town). It attracts both tourists and locals with its many chic art boutiques, bars and restaurants. The shopping here is a must-do when in Barcelona. El Born has original and small, but pricey, boutiques – here you can find the trendiest shops around.
This park borders El Born and provides a peaceful escape from the midday sun or the vibrant streets,where you can relax in the shade, take a boat out on the lake or visit the zoo. Despite the popularity of this scenic park, it rarely feels crowded, and is the perfect location for an evening run or to join in with the yoga classes which regularly take place in the open air of the park.
A step back in time and a get-away from the more cosmopolitan way of life you’ll find in other parts of Barcelona. The typical apartment in El Born is renovated but the charming Catalan features has been maintained. The apartments often have small balconies and as the area is getting more and more popular, it is an appealing area for people without a tight budget.
Getting to and around El Born
Metro: L4 Barceloneta, Jaume I or Urquinaona
Distance to the Beach: 1.6km
Walk: 10 minutes from Las Ramblas
El Born’s streets are often pedestrian-only and the atmosphere truly benefits from the lack of traffic. If you want to get around a little more quickly within the neighbourhood, a bicycle is the most efficient form of transport.
A Brief History
When successful trading routes were established in the 13th century, the area became particularly prosperous. In 1329, the construction of Santa Maria del Mar Church started, which unified the area and gave it some of the magnificence it holds today.
What the Experts Think
This was once the quarter of the rich man but to this day it has maintained its old and charming style. The abundance of trendy shops and restaurants and ever-vibrant atmosphere may be too crowded for some, long-term residence, but it’s perfect for those who love to be in the action!