Despite humble beginnings as a settlement built on top of a medieval area El Born has grown into being one of the most fashionable places in the city. It is the preferred area for lovers of the night in Barcelona. Today this area is full of bars, restaurants, night clubs, souvenirs, clothes boutiques, history and art.
El Born is sandwiched between Gothic Quarter and Barceloneta The famous Las Ramblas and the very centre of the city are a pleasant 10 minute walk away. The beach is also just a 10 minute walk away so you can have both a beach holiday and a city break in one. Plus you are quite close to the Parc Ciutadella which is a relaxing place to sit in the afternoon and watch the hippies play their bongos. The Barcelona zoo is also located in Parc Ciutadella.
Every day the cafes are packed and at night people move along Passeig de Born, to sample the many bars, stylish restaurants where you can taste the national and International cuisines, traditional tapas bars and enjoy its attractive cosmopolitan ambience.
Nevertheless El Born isn’t just about the nightlife; there is plenty of culture to be had as well. There is a resume of the most important places to be visited in this district:
Picasso Museum - located in a medieval street named Montcada, it was opened to the public in 1963 thanks to the active collaboration and willing of the artist. In the museum you can enjoy an extensive collection of 3500 works by the famed painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso, among which are "Manin a beret", "Portrait of Aunt Pepa," "Science and Charity," "The Couch", "Women of the cap "," the Embrace ", or the particular version of the artist of" Las Meninas ".
Textile Museum which retraces the evolution of textile art in 1500 years is located here because in Born's early days it was home to the textile guilds of Barcelona. This museum represents the history of the fashion industry from the baroque to the twentieth century and is considered as one of the best collections of its kind in the world.
Maeght Gallery is one of the points the art fans must visit, it exhibits the works of the artists as Kandinsky, Braque, Miro, Tapies, Giacometti, Solano, Gabarro etc.
The centrepiece of this district is the impressive Cathedral of Santa María del Mar overlooking a lovely square. This beautiful example of Catalan Gothic architecture initially was built on the ancient church of Santa Maria de las Arenas in the year 998 and restored in the fourteenth century.
Nowadays people are attracted to Born for the shopping which consists of some beautiful but pricey boutiques and shoe shops which are great to find that one-off piece. Some of the trendiest shops around such as Brazilian company Colcci, exclusive designer Custo etc have chosen Born as their home.
Do not hesitate to go through the small Medieval streets of El Born steeped in history to breathe the old Barcelona, have a look into the modern tapas and cocktail bars, candlelit restaurants and fashion boutiques.
Some apartments in this area