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Barceloneta - district between harbour and beach

Former fishermen's quarter

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.

Port Vell - the old harbour of Barcelona

Port Vell - the old harbour of Barcelona

The "Old Port" of Barcelona - Port Vell - is directly adjacent to the Barceloneta district. Here you can see huge private yachts next to historic sailing yachts, ferries, cruise ships and the Maremagnum entertainment and shopping centre.

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Museu d'Historia de Catalunya - history of Catalonia

Museu d'Historia de Catalunya - history of Catalonia

An interactive journey through the history of Catalonia from the Stone Age to the present. Very exciting design, one of the most interesting museums of Barcelona.

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Sandy beach of Barcelona


The beach of Barcelona invites swimmers from summer to autumn.

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Up to the Montjuïc by cable car and funicular

Up to the Montjuïc by cable car and funicular

The ride on the cable car Transbordador Aeri is something special. It is an unusual transport for a large city, it connects connects the district of Barceloneta and the beach with Montjuïc Hill. You have a magnificent view of the sea and the city. In the tower of Aeri is a restaurant.

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Restaurants in Barceloneta

Restaurants in Barceloneta

People who love fish and seafood, and come to Barceloneta, to the former fishermen's quarter, will for sure get one's money worth.

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Enjoy Barceloneta - book here the activities

  • Admission to the Historical Museum of Catalunya
  • Bus Turístic: Tickets
  • Segway Tour: ride along the Barceloneta beach
  • Sailing from Port Vell
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