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The Barceloneta neighbourhood is the smallest in the city, however, it is one of the most attractive and visited areas of Barcelona, from its beaches to its streets leading to the city centre. It is a cosmopolitan, touristic and driven neighbourhood with many bars, cafés and restaurants that are booming with music day and night.
During the 18th century, the city of Barcelona was a fishing village. However, in the middle of the century, Philip V started the construction of the famous Parc de la Ciutadella and all the people who lived in that area were left without housing. All these people moved to the Barceloneta neighbourhood, designed by Prosper de Verboom. In his urban plan, the decline in the practice of fishing led to the slow degeneration of the neighbourhood, although it was later renovated in 1992 to host the Barcelona Olympic Games. A complete facelift for Barceloneta and for the city.
Barcelona is what it is today thanks to the 1992 Olympic Games. The city now has seven kilometres of beach, stretching from the bustling Port Vell to Port Olímpic and now extending beyond the Fòrum. Today, Barceloneta is one of Barcelona’s most popular neighbourhoods for its life and tourism, but if you walk through the narrow streets you will still feel and be transported back to that old fishing village. You can hear its neighbours talking from one window to another, and people in the street sitting outside the doorway of their houses with the doors open to the street.
Undoubtedly, one of the strong points for tourism in Barceloneta is its beach, the best known and most popular in Barcelona, full of locals who enjoy every moment of the day all year round. Along with it, and out of the sand, extends a cement walkway ideal for running, cycling, or skating enjoying the good weather.
In addition, there is the possibility of practising all kinds of water sports. With more than 4 km of beach and plenty of hot and sunny months, the offer is huge. Jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, diving and much more. You can also enjoy a cold beer and delicious tapas in any of the beach bars (chiringuitos), or you can just lie back and enjoy the views of the Mediterranean Sea and relax in the sun.
Strolling along its long promenade, you will find the famous nightclubs Opium, Pacha and Shoko, along with the famous Ice Bar. These places are an ideal tourist attraction, especially for young people. If you want to find a place with a lively and relaxed atmosphere during the day or night, you can’t miss these. Other points of interest in Barceloneta are the Barcelona Aquarium (the largest in Europe) and the Maremagnum, a shopping mall right next to the sea.
You can also stroll along Paseo Joan de Borbón, the main street of Barceloneta, where you can find nice cafés and ice cream parlours. Barceloneta also has beautiful squares, with the beach just a few steps away, a market where you can buy fresh seasonal products and a very eclectic and international mix of people. La Barceloneta is the ideal place for families, couples, groups of friends and everyone looking for a perfect beach vacation without being far from the city.
The Barceloneta neighbourhood is also a place where you will find some of the best seafood restaurants in the city. And if you’re looking for incredible views, there are plenty of waterfront restaurants in the Port Olímpic and Port Vell areas. These are our favourites:
This is a fresh fish tavern. There are two days to prepare the catch of the day: fried or grilled with garlic and parsley. You can eat well for little money, and you will enjoy an unparalleled fish festival.
Carrer del Baluard, 12, 08003 Barcelona
This is one of the best seafood restaurants in Barcelona. The owners of the restaurant believe that this type of cuisine is not only about seafood, paella and fish stew, but it is a creative and respectful art of treating the products of the sea.
Passeig Joan Borbó, 59, 08003 Barcelona.
Founded in 1836, the 7 Portes restaurant is a classic spot in the city of Barcelona. Its walls exude a long history and all the charm of the era, and its cuisine features traditional Catalan dishes, with rice specialities as the main attraction. Evenings are enlivened by a pianist and live music.
Passeig d’Isabel II, 14 (Barcelona). In front of Pla de Palau.
With more than 30 years in the Barceloneta neighbourhood, the Salamanca restaurant is a very popular and loved place in the area. Specializing in the best fish and seafood from the Mediterranean and Cantabrian Sea, but also offers top quality sausages and meat. Its spacious rooms make it an ideal place for private celebrations.
Carrer de l’Almirall Cerver, 34 (Barcelona). Between Alcanar and Salamanca.
They will always serve you the best fish with a professional service. Set with exceptional views of the harbour and a good value for money. This is the secret to the success of the Barceloneta neighbourhood. It is advisable to book in advance.
Carrer de l’ Escar, 22 (Barcelona). Moll dels Pescadors.
Located on top of the Museu d’ Història de Catalunya, in the Palau de Mar building (Port Vell), this restaurant offers excellent traditional Mediterranean cuisine in a distinguished and elegant setting with an outdoor terrace and unique privileged views over the city.
Plaça de Pau Vila, 3 (Barcelona). Museu d’ Història de Catalunya (Palau de Mar).
El Rey de la Gamba I Restaurant
With more than 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 produce and features fish and seafood specialities at great prices. The space has three large dining rooms and an emblematic terrace.
Passeig de Joan de Borbó Comte de Barcelona, 53 (Barcelona).
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