Here are 10 things to see and do in El Born, Barcelona


When venturing into the heart of Barcelona, you will soon find yourself in the Gothic Quarter. With the El Born neighbourhood only around the corner, here are 10 things to see and do.

Palau de la Música Catalana

There’s something pretty special about the Palau de la Música Catalana. Built at the start of the 1900’s it is a beautiful piece of architecture. Designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it continues to host some of the most prestigious live performances across Barcelona.

La Santa del Born

For some of the best burgers in the city, call into La Santa del Born. The selection ranges from the classic beef quarter pounder and cheese, through to some more exotic takes on a classic.

El Born Centre Cultural

Once home to busy local market, the El Born Centre Cultural now unearths some of Barcelona’s arkeological findings. The exhibition “From Stones to People” is one of the many highlights, featuring preserved remains dating back to the 1700’s.

The Photography Archive

Search through 1000’s upon 1000’s of photographs old and new, showing how Barcelona has transformed throughout the years. As well as working hard to restore old pieces of historical relevance, there are many interesting pieces on display.

Espai Mescladís

Just one of many coffee houses in and around El Born, however here you really will feel in the heart of the busy city.

Picasso Museum

The world-famous artist Pablo Picasso, was born in the south of Spain in 1881. However he soon moved to Barcelona. In honour of his early work, over 4,000 pieces are on display at the Picasso Museum.

La Paradeta

With Barcelona so close to the Mediterranean Sea, it would be rude not to try some of the best seafood available. The small yet well-established chain provide just that. La Paradeta first opened in 1994, just a few steps away from the ocean.

Modern Art Museum

Barcelona attracts art lovers from around the world and is widely known for being a cultural hotspot. The Modern Art Museum should be on everyone’s to do list. This impressive museum houses a gallery filled with the works of both modern and contemporary artists.

Placa Nova

Great for people watching and sitting back as life in Barcelona passes you by. This busy square is also a historic link to the Old Town, once surrounded by the defensive walls erected during Roman times.

Mercat de Santa Caterina

When you’re in Placa Nova, keep a look out for the curved rooftop of the Santa Caterina market. If you’re looking for fresh produce or some popular Catalan lunch, you’ll do well at this market in the heart of the gothic quarter.

With the El Born neighbourhood being in easy reach of the city centre, you will have no problem finding somewhere to stay nearby. Check out our accommodation in Barcelona, where you will find hotels and private villas, apartments, B&B’s and much more.