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The Barceloneta neighborhood is the smallest of 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 center. It is a cosmopolitan, touristic and driven neighborhood 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 neighborhood, designed by Prosper de Verboom. In his urban plan, the decline in the practice of fishing led to a slow degeneration of the neighborhood, 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 those 1992 Olympic Games. The city now has seven kilometers 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 neighborhoods 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 neighbors 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.
The sun and the beach, its best attraction
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 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 practicing 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.
Nightlife and leisure
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 parlors. 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 going far from the city.
The Barceloneta neighborhood 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 area. These are our favourites:
Can Maño Restaurant
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
La Mar Salada Restaurant
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 treating the products of the sea.
Passeig Joan Borbó, 59, 08003 Barcelona.
7 Portes Restaurant
Founded in 1836, the 7 Portes restaurant is more than a classic 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 specialties 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 neighborhood, the Salamanca restaurant is a classic 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.
Restaurant La Barceloneta
They will always serve you the best fish with a professional service. Set with exceptional views of the harbor and a good value for money. This is the secret of the success of the Barceloneta neighborhood. It is advisable to book in advance.
Carrer de l’ Escar, 22 (Barcelona). Moll dels Pescadors.
Restaurant 1881 for Sagardi
Located on top of the Museu d’ Història de Catalunya, in the Palau de Mar building (Port Vell), the restaurant 1881 per Sagardi 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 specialties 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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