The fashionable youth have turned this working-class area into the trendiest place in town, where yesterday’s charm blends with today’s lifestyle. Art galleries, fashion shops, design stores, traditional pubs, quality food; it’s the locals’ favourite neighbourhood. Not too crowded & close to the Barceloneta harbour and beaches. Medieval streets and sunny squares where you can wander during the day and zigzag in the street lights shadows during the Movida nights…
Carrer Montcada : beautiful medieval palaces. The Picasso museum is located in two of them. Interesting paintings from Picasso’s chilhood and youth in Barcelona where he moved with his parents from Malaga.
Palau Dalmaseles : Flamenco show everyday at 7.30 PM
Passeig del Born : much quieter trees and benches have taken over the knights tournaments fought there in the Middle Ages. Many cafes and restaurants with terrace ( Catalan restaurant with terrace Les gavines, tapas and dishes ).
The Born market is reopened since September 11 2013. Catalan national day = la diada . September 2014 , 300 year Barcelona anniversary !
Santa Maria del Mar basilica: : wonder of the Catalan gothic style. Yesterday the sailors, today the to-be-weds, everyone goes there to meditate before the big thrill!
Guided tour following the history of the famous book ” The cathedral of the Sea”
Written by a catalan lawyer Ildefonso Falcones who took 10 years to write it. It has now been translated in many different languages. It is about the construction of the cathedral Santa Maria of the Sea in the Born area in Barcelona at the XIV century. It shows how life was in the Middle Age in Barcelona. Barcelona Gotic area did not change from that time. It still has small narrow streets, stone houses …You can feel the Middle Age in Barcelona.
The Cathedral from the Sea is so beautiful … it is the cathedral built by the poor people, by stone workers. The main cathedral of Barcelona was the one for the rich people. The cathedral of the Sea got built quite fast for a cathedral, it took 57 years to build it … a lot less than many cathedrals.
You can make a tour of the area with an interesting guide who will show you all the interesting spots from the book.
Have a look at this website to book a tour
Ciutadella park : a picnic or a nap on the grass, small boats, zoo, activities for kids, 3 museums.
carrer Comerç 24
Restaurant from Carles ALban who worked with Adria Ferran from the world famous restaurant El buli.
carrer dels Flassaders 19
Vegetarian restaurant La Bascula ( it means scale in English)
Carrer dels Flassaders 30
Open from Wednesday to Sunday
Good real Italian Restaurant Murivecchi
carrer Princesa 59 Barcelona 93 315 22 97
Lunch Menu 13 €( 2010), Pizza Menu 10 €
Galovi Restaurant opened April 2013
Nice choice of Tapas : very good and fresh
Carrer Rec 31 08003 Barcelona
New 2013 Wine Bar Tapas “ El Brutal”
Carrer Princesa 14
Open from 1 PM to 1 AM , close on Mondays afternoon and Sundays
The twins who run the XEIMEI italian restaurant in Poble Sec have opened a new trendy place. It combines a classic bodega at the entrance, with a wine bar ( also some tapas) at the back. They stock 300 wines, all from organic or bio-dynamic producers. Very nice restauration of this old neighbourhood bar.
Carrer Rec 30
Open every day from 1 to 4 PM and from 8 to 12 PM
Lunch menu and “à la carte” in the evening, Jazz concerts Website Little Italy
Pizzeria del Born
Passeo del Born 2 slices of Pizza + drink = 3.90€ or pasta + drink or salad + drink = 3.90 €
Carrer dels Flassaders, 44 08003 Barcelona
932 68 82 21
From Vietnam (rolls), from Korea ( Bim bim pap, Kimchi), curry, noodle …
carrer Tiradors 3, 08003 Barcelona
Homemade Brownies, cupcakes, pasteles with nice decorations.
carrer Portal nou 20
Website Lolita Bakery
Body massage KIROMASAJE
Carrer de la Cirera 5, 08003 Barcelona
Open everyday from 9.30 AM to 10 PM
All the massages treatment are holistic, treating the person as a whole, body, mind and spirit.
Carrer Portal Nou and carrer Princesa ( and side streets ) are nice streets in which to discover different shops.
Apartments to hire in the trendy Born Area
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