El Born has become one of the most fashionable places in Barcelona. Located between Via Laietana and Barceloneta, El Born is part of Ciutat Vella, the district that includes the old neighbourhoods of Barcelona.
A lot of attractions have contributed to put El Born on the list of most wanted areas to live and visit in Barcelona. First of them is its architecture and urban planning: labyrinthine and narrow streets, small squares, old houses and palaces… some of them, with names that are derived from ancient craftsmanships. Ambling around them is a tourist attraction in itself.
Some museums and churches have contributed to this fame, too. The most important one is Museu Picasso, the most visited museum in Catalonia after F.C.Barcelona Museum and Dalí Museum, in Figueres. The old Mercat del Born, transformed into Born Cultural Centre, is another “must”. The exhibitions inside show the history of a siege in 1714; after some battles, the Catalan autonomy was suppressed by the Spanish Kingdom. Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar is another main attraction of this area: the inside is really impressive and very different from other churches in the city.
Another reason for visiting El Born is its proximity to one of the main green areas in the city: Parc de la Ciutadella. You cannot leave Barcelona without going for a walk around it and all the area close to Arc de Triomf.
Shopping is another activity that attract both local people and tourists to El Born. As a trendy and cool area, it is full of vintage clothes shops, handmade furniture ateliers and design studios. Even they can be quite expensive, their products are more genuine that the ones in multinational companies.
And finally, eating in El Born is a “must”, too. Everyone should visit some of the main bars and restaurants that offer fusion cooking or haute cuisine. A great experience that you cannot miss!
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