A stroll through Barceloneta, one of the most picturesque districts on the Costa Brava

Just a stone's throw from the centre of Barcelona lies one of the city's most beautiful and authentic districts. Typically Spanish, it's the ideal place to stroll through the shady streets on a hot summer's day, or take a trip to the beach. With its small port, restaurants and museums, La Barceloneta is a must-see in Gaudi's city, sure to delight the eyes and taste buds of all those who visit.

Plage de la Barceloneta

Plage de la Barceloneta

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Dine in one of Barcelona's best restaurants

Originally built to house fishermen because of its proximity to the sea, Barceloneta is now a must-visit gem on the Costa Brava if you're passing through Barcelona. It's no surprise, then, that there are many seaside restaurants here, all with a reputation for excellent food. They specialise in seafood and offer excellent Spanish specialities. La Barceloneta, for example, offers all kinds of seafood and fish dishes with a view over the harbour - a real treat!

Restaurant à la Barceloneta

Restaurant à la Barceloneta

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Practical info

📍 Location: Moll dels Pescador, Port Vell, Carrer de l'Escar, 22, Ciutat Vella, 08039 Barcelona

⏰ Opening times: 1pm - midnight

👉 Reservations are recommended to secure a table.

Dreaming of the sea and the small port of Barceloneta

As you wend your way through the colourful little streets, you start to catch glimpses of the sea behind the buildings and, once you reach the far end of the district, you come face to face with the city's port, Port Vell, with its dozens of small sailing ships towering above the waves. Understandably, this is a rather touristy place to visit, and a very pleasant one at that.

Vue aérienne de Port Vell, Barcelone

Vue aérienne de Port Vell, Barcelone

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Culture at the Museum of the History of Catalonia

To find out more about the region, what better place than the Museum of the History of Catalonia, which has been tracing the history of Catalan culture since its creation in 1996. The museum is open to the general public and shows how the region was formed and developed from prehistoric times right up to the present day. And with its imposing façade typical of the region, it's impossible to miss it if you're wandering around the area.

Musée d'Histoire de la Catalogne

Musée d'Histoire de la Catalogne

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Practical info

📍 Location: Pça. de Pau Vila, 3, Ciutat Vella, 08039 Barcelona

⏰ Opening times: 10am-7pm

👛 Admission: Adults: €6, Free entry for under-16s.

🚌 How to get there: Bus: lines V17, H14, D20, V15, V13, 39, 45, 51, 59 and 120; Metro: Barceloneta, line 4.

Stroll around Barceloneta Park (or Ciutadella Park)

There's nothing like a stroll in a park in the shade of the trees after a cultural outing, and the Parc de la Barceloneta is just the place. Formerly an industrial area, it was restored and inaugurated in 1996 and is now a very pleasant natural space in which to relax and enjoy yourself, just a stone's throw from the sea! And if you don't have enough greenery in this charming park, just cross the Ronda Litoral to reach the Parc de la Ciutadella, one of Barcelona's largest, with a magnificent fountain, several zoos, gardens and even the Parliament of Catalonia.

Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelone

Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelone

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Relax on the coast's most beautiful beaches and admire the fish at the city's aquarium

Another place worth visiting in Barcelona: the beaches. The most beautiful are in Barceloneta, including the famous beach with the eponymous name. Another natural wonder is Sant Sebastia beach, from where you can admire the sea as far as the eye can see. But if you're more interested in seeing fish and other marine life up close, we recommend a visit to the Barcelona Aquarium, which boasts 450 different species in around 30 aquariums and is located just off the port of Barceloneta.

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Take the harbour cable car

Finally, if you want to leave the district after a day strolling through the narrow streets and beaches of this picturesque neighbourhood, there's a most original way: the Port cable car. It takes you directly to Montjuïc hill, and the journey takes around ten minutes over a distance of 1.3 kilometres. It reaches a height of 70 metres, giving you a breathtaking view of the rest of the city and the port!

Téléphérique Barcelone

Téléphérique Barcelone

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Practical info

📍 Location: C/ Taquígrafo Garriga, 97 Barcelona

⏰ Opening times: 11am-5.30pm (winter) 10.30am-8pm (summer)

👛 Fares: Single ticket: €12.50 Return ticket: €20

by Jude JONES
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