Barceloneta is the smallest part of Barcelona city and forms a triangle between the Port Vell, the old port and the Platja de Barceloneta. North of the zoo is the limit of this district.
Visiting Barceloneta distric
Only a few fishermen lived until the beginning of the 18th Century in the field. Because of the construction of the citadel by Felipe V on the area of today's Parc de la Cuitadella, new living and work space for more than 10,000 people needed to be built. The construction of the citadel started in 1753.
Barceloneta has been drafted by the engineer Prósper de Verboom on a drawing board. Today the chequered street scene with a uniform rectangular pattern and two floor buildings of the Barceloneta show, that this is not a natural grown district. In the last century with the decline of fisheries, the district Barceloneta declined and lapsed more and more. But at the Olympic Games in 1992 much was renovated and refurbished. In particular, today you will find there a beautiful beach promenade.
You'll fine lots of good (and bad) fish restaurants in Barceloneta. At the southern end with you will come with the cable car through the port on the Montjuïc.
The sights of Barceloneta
Especially the Mediterranean flair of Barceloneta makes this district. Take a look at the goings in the centrally located market hall (Mercat Barceloneta), the street life is colourful and gregarious, through the tense streets clothesline remind one a little of Italy.