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Barceloneta is the smallest neighbourhood of the city, yet one of the most attractive and visited areas in Barcelona since the closest beaches to the city center are there! It is a cosmopolitan, tourist-driven neighborhood with many bars, cafes and restaurants which are booming out music all day and night.
During the 18th century, Barcelona was a fisherman village.
However, in the middle of the century Felipe V started the construction of the famous Parc Ciutadella and all of the people that were living in the area of Parc Ciutadella were suddenly homeless. They were relocated to Barceloneta. Barceloneta was designed by Prósper de Verboom in a rectangular grid-style plan.
The decline of fishing led to the slow degeneration of the neighborhood, but it was later renovated in preparation for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Despite the initial resistance, the renovation was wildly successful: the city now has seven kilometers of golden sands, running from the bustling Port Vell to the upscale Port Olímpic and beyond to the Fòrum.
Nowadays Barceloneta is one of the most popular Barcelona neighborhoods for living and tourism but if you go through the narrow streets there is still an old village feel to the place. You can hear old women shouting to one another across the terraces and old men sitting on the street outside the door to their house.
The sun and the beach, Barceloneta’s best claim
Undoubtedly, the main attraction of Barceloneta is the beach, which is full of tourists and locals that are enjoying their time all summer long. It is most well-known and popular beach in Barcelona. Along the sandy beach runs a walkway which is a good opportunity for joggers, cyclist, and rollerbladers.
Out on the Mediterranean Sea, you can also have so much fun taking part in all types of water sports. With over 4 km of beach and plenty of hot sunny months, Barcelona makes it a challenge to choose between Jet Ski, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving and lots more.
You can also enjoy a fresh drink from one of the beach bars (chiringuitos). Or you can just lie down and enjoy the view of the Mediterranean Sea and warmth of the Spanish sun!
Fun and Party
Follow the coast along and you’ll reach the famous nightclubs of Opium Mar, Catwalk, Shoko, and Soto Vento, together with the famous Ice Bar.
These places attract a lot of tourists, especially the younger crowd. If you want to find a place with a lively atmosphere during the day or night, we recommend it!
Inevitably, Barceloneta is also the place where you’ll find some of the city’s best seafood restaurants. You can find many restaurants while walking around the beach. If you fancy a better view then there are lots of restaurants facing out towards the ports of Port Olympic and Port Vell.
Below you will find a list of restaurants that we highly recommend!
Other attractions in Barceloneta are the Aquarium (which is the biggest in Europe) and the IMAX.
Barceloneta has really beautiful squares, gorgeous beach just steps away, a wonderful market, and a quite eclectic and international mix of residents. There’s also great nightlife and some of the best seafood in all of Barcelona. It is good for everyone: for families, young people and those looking for a beach holiday, without being too far from the city!
This is a fish tavern with fresh fish which is coming through the door at the same time orders are being taken. There are two days to prepare the catches of the day: fried or grilled with garlic and parsley. You can eat well for a tenner, and for double of that, you’ll have a downright fish festival.
Address: Carrer del Baluard, 12, 08003 Barcelona
La Mar Salada
This is one of the best seafood restaurants in Barcelona. The owners of the restaurant believe that Cuisine from the sea is not all about seafood paella and fish ‘suquet’ (stew), but that it’s also about a creative and respectful way of treating the marine products that often landed a few meters from the place.
Address: Passeig Joan Borbó, 59, 08003 Barcelona
Founded in 1836, 7 Portes is more than a classic in the city of Barcelona. Its walls hide a long history and all the charm of that time, and its cuisine presents traditional Catalan dishes with rice specialties as the main attraction. Nights are livened up with live piano music.
Address: Passeig d’Isabel II, 14 (Barcelona). In front of Pla de Palau.
With more than 30 years in the district of La Barceloneta, Salamanca is a classic in the area. The restaurant specializes in the best fish and shellfish of the Mediterranean and Cantabrian seas but offers, as well, top quality “embutidos” and meat. The spacious rooms make it the best place for private celebrations.
Address: Carrer de l’ Almirall Cervera, 34 (Barcelona). Between Alcanar and Salamanca.
Good fish dishes, always with the best fish, professional service, exceptional views to the port and good prices in relation to the quality. That’s the secret of Barceloneta’s success. It’s advisable to book in advance.
Address: Carrer de l’ Escar, 22 (Barcelona). Moll dels pescadors.
1881 per Sagardi
Located on the top of Museu d’Història de Catalunya, in the building of Palau de Mar (Port Vell), the restaurant 1881 per Sagardi offers, in a distinguished and elegant setting arranged around an exquisite outdoor terrace with unique privileged views over the city’s skyline, excellent traditional Mediterranean cuisine.
Address: Plaça de Pau Vila, 3 (Barcelona). Museu d’Història de Catalunya (Palau de Mar).
El Rey de la Gamba I
With over four decades of history, El Rey de la Gamba I is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in La Barceloneta. The menu is sourced from fresh products and presents typical specialties -grilled fish and shellfish, rice dishes …- at good prices. The space has three large dining rooms and an emblematic terrace.
Address: Passeig de Joan de Borbó Comte de Barcelona, 53 (Barcelona). At Almirall Aixada