El Born

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El Born

Dance the samba, sip cocktails and mingle with the trendy locals. Or, opt for a tranquil experience by visiting the museums, historic restaurants and City Park.

The winding medieval streets and bodegas of El Born suggest it’s all about stepping back in time here, but you could just as easily propel yourself to the future by going clubbing in this anything-goes district. There is also a classy, artistic and fashionable aspect to El Born, which means the district caters to just about anyone.

To find out why everyone is talking about El Born these days, come here just before midnight to share Catalan tapas or Asian dumplings, and laughs with the locals. Ask them for tips on the best clubs to dance the samba and party the night away.

After experiencing El Born’s party side, adopt a gentler pace the next day to discover the area’s many cultural attractions. First, browse the Museu Picasso and the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM) for two very contrasting museum experiences.

Have lunch on a bistro terrace along Passeig del Born before strolling to the historic Born Market or, in the opposite direction, to the 14th-century Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar. The church is stunning and the old market hall is home to the Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, one of Barcelona’s archaeological museums.

This part of El Born belongs to the historically upscale Ribera-Born Quarter. La Ribera was once home to wealthy merchants and nobles and the neighborhood still has a strong focus on artisan skills and the arts today.

Whatever you decide to do in El Born, don’t miss the Palau de la Música Catalana. This modernist concert hall has an interior so awe-inspiring and unusual that you need to see it to believe it. The building was designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner, a talented Catalan architect who once taught Antoni Gaudí.

Drop in at the district’s designer fashion stores in preparation for your next night out.

El Born is wedged between the Gothic Quarter, the heart of Barcelona’s Old City, and Ciutadella Park, home to the Barcelona Zoo. To the south is the harbor, where you can taste fresh Mediterranean seafood as part of a steaming paella. Book a table at the 7 Portes restaurant, a local icon that has made the famous dish here since 1836.


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Hotel Ciutadella Barcelona
Hotel Ciutadella Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avinguda del Marques de l'Argentera, 4, Barcelona
The price is £69 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Located in Downtown Barcelona, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona Zoo and Picasso Museum. Parc de la Ciutadella ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (695 reviews)
"The location was great. Accommodations met our expectations. Would recommend for the price."

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2021

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Hotel Oasis
Hotel Oasis
2 out of 5
Pla de Palau, 17, Barcelona
The price is £71 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Located in Downtown Barcelona, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, Picasso Museum and Barcelona Zoo. European Museum of ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (583 reviews)
"Hotel Oasis was truly an oasis in the center of the city- within walking distance to the Picasso Museum and close to many cool dining and night bars in El Born. Loved the terrace pool area- felt like we were outside of the city when we hung there- and our room was beautiful with private terrace, ..."

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2021

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Hotel Rec Barcelona - Adults only
Hotel Rec Barcelona - Adults only
3 out of 5
Carrer del Rec Comtal, 19, Barcelona
The price is £84 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
Located in Downtown Barcelona, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arc de Triomf, Santa Caterina Market and Palau de la Musica Catalana. European Museum ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (969 reviews)
"Everything Perfecto!!! Very helpful and friendly staff, very clean and excellent location"

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2021

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Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa
Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Carrer de Trafalgar 26, Barcelona
The price is £148 per night from 16 Nov to 16 Nov
Located in Downtown Barcelona, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palau de la Musica Catalana, Arc de Triomf, and Santa Caterina Market. Placa de Catalunya ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (515 reviews)
"Lovely place! Great location professional and friendly staff!"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2021

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The Barcelona EDITION
The Barcelona EDITION
5 out of 5
Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 14, El Born, Barcelona
The price is £270 per night from 15 Nov to 15 Nov
Located in Downtown Barcelona, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Caterina Market, Palau de la Musica Catalana and Barcelona Cathedral. Picasso ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (63 reviews)
"The staff and concierge was exceptional. They made us feel right at home"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

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Ciutat de Barcelona
Ciutat de Barcelona
3 out of 5
C/ Princesa, 33-35, Barcelona
The price is £80 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Located in Downtown Barcelona, this romantic hotel is steps away from Picasso Museum and European Museum of Modern Art. Santa Caterina Market and Basilica de ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (979 reviews)
Great location!
"Great location and great rooftop. Rooms are small but expected for price and being so centrally located. Front desk and other workers were friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2021

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