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La Barceloneta

Barcelona’s popular seafront neighbourhood

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La Barceloneta was home to fishermen until the 18th century and is now a major tourist attraction. Built in 1753 on a small triangular appendage that penetrates the sea, its attractions include its beaches, narrow streets and seafront full of bars and restaurants.

Why visit La Barceloneta?

The district, which is bordered by Moll d’Espanya in Port Vell, the Born district and the Mediterranean Sea, is home to the Barceloneta and Sant Sebastià beaches, the History Museum of Catalonia and the Clock Tower, the area’s oldest construction, which was built in 1772 as a lighthouse for the port.

In addition to its beaches, La Barceloneta is known for its charisma, 18th-century houses, gastronomy and street life. It is a traditional seafarers’ district that was originally built with the aim of solving the area’s housing problems. Due to its proximity to the sea, it became home to fishermen, sailors and dock workers. This is why La Barceloneta developed its exceptional gastronomy based on fish and seafood.

 

How do you get to La Barceloneta?

On the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic hop off at the Museu d’Història de Catalunya stop to explore La Barceloneta by following Avinguda de Borbó.

 

For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? On La Barceloneta beach you can see the sculpture popularly known as "Els cubs" (the cubes), which was built during the district’s renovation for the 1992 Olympic Games. Its real name is "L’estel ferit" (the wounded shooting star) and it was created by the artist Rebecca Horn, whose aim was to immortalise the charming but dilapidated hut-like beach bars that had populated La Barceloneta before the Olympics.
  • Local’s tip: Carrer de Sant Carles preserves one of the few original houses left in La Barceloneta, which has been restored as an 18th-century Barcelona interpretation centre.
  • A must: To stroll along the seafront and to enjoy tapas and seafood after spending a day on the beach.