About This Area

El Born is the bohemian heart of Barcelona. This fashionable area is characterised by narrow, winding alleys, classy bars and chic boutiques. The medieval labyrinth is cladded with cultural gems, from incredible, hidden restaurants to art museums and historic squares. The area connects the tourist centre of Las Ramblas and the surrounding el Gotico with seaside Barceloneta, making it busy with tourists, international residents and locals alike. However, despite its popularity, authenticity and a local atmosphere can still be felt with some of the best tapas bars, as well as there being a strong sense of community throughout.

Typical Apartment

The typical apartment in El Born is renovated but the charming Catalan features, such as wooden beams, large French windows and exposed brick walls have been maintained. 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 apartments often have small balconies for you to enjoy the sunshine Barcelona has to offer and as the area is getting more and more popular, it is an appealing area for people without a tight budget.

Services

Gyms: Centre Esportiu Municipal Parc de La Ciutadella, Anytime Fitness

Language Schools: International House

Libraries: (closest) National Library of Catalonia

 

What We Think

El Born is another enchanting rea to live in Barcelona. Full of narrow, winding streets and classic Catalan architecture, you can always find new hidden gems at every corner you take. In our opinion, El Born has some of the best traditional bars and tapas restaurants in the city, which are what attract many locals and tourist alike. Despite being a bit of an expensive area, it is worth it to be in the heart of the most beautiful and culturally rich neighbourhoods.

 

Getting Around

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.

Must Sees

Picasso Museum
This museum is famous both for the art and for the building. The permanent collection includes more than 3,500 works from the famous 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.
Learn more about Museu Picasso

Palau de la Música Catalana
This majestic 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 over 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.

Shopping
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.

Parc Ciutadella:
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.

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