Born and Poblenou: the west neighborhoods of Barcelona

Today our tour will focus on the most fashionable part of Barcelona, the Born and Poblenou. One famous for bars and restaurants always full, with a cultural heritage not indifferent, one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city. Then we go to the Poblenou district, with its beaches and seaside hotels. Ready?


Palau de la Música Catalana
Palau de la Música Catalana, book here!


This time we start our tour from Urquinaona plaza, we go down to the Palau de la Música Catalana, one of my favorite building in Barcelona (tickets here!). Price and time of entry. If you can choose between a visit with or without music, of course, I suggest you buy tickets for a concert, the prices are affordable. Just a few meters from the building, there is the Ancient Theater, a theater best known as a bar, the atmosphere of the terrace is truly magical.

If you like Picasso 300 m from the Ancient Theater you will find the Picasso museum, otherwise you can continue towards the Cathedral of the Sea. If you want to know the history of this church I suggest you read the “Catedral del Mar” by Ildefonso Falcones. If you want to take a break and eat, go to the Rambla del Poblenou or read here!

Once you have left, you can take a tour of the Born Cultural Center, formerly a market, now used for events and exhibitions. For chocolate fans in the area, there is the Chocolate Museum for just € 3.50 admission.


Starting from the Triomphe Arch we can get to the Ciutadella park (Ciutadella is the area that includes Gothic, Raval, and Born). The park is perfect for a day with children, inside the zoo . Take a tour of the various areas of the park and pass by the beautiful Monumental waterfall. If you looking for other parks in the city go to Montjuic, the green part of Barcelona.


Monumental waterfall
Monumental waterfall


The area of Poblenou once the most decadent nowadays the most modern district, 4 * and 5 * hotels populate the neighborhood. One of my favorites is the Meliá Sky hotel, check his terraces!

The 22 @ is super popular with start-ups and youth companies. Starting from Agbar Tower and arriving at the Rambla of Poblenou you will realize how new this neighborhood is. Another point of reference is the Palo Alto Market, organized once a month with DJs, street food and especially merchandise that is not found in many stores in Barcelona.


Ciutadella Park
Ciutadella Park


When we say beach we say Barceloneta, wrong! In Barcelona, there are 5 main beaches: Barceloneta, Nova Icaria, Bogatell, Mar Bella and Levante beach. Sincerely I recommend you all less Barceloneta because of the tourist chaos. Another option is the San Sebastian beach, just below the W hotel, although famous for nudists. If you want to get out of the city tram in the south I recommend Sitges or Castelldefels, while in the north Badalona or Montgat de Mar.



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