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La Barceloneta: Seaside and fun

Barceloneta is one of the most famous and characteristic neighbourhoods in Barcelona, which together with the Born, the Gothic and Raval, is part of the district called Ciutat Vella.

This area is traditionally a popular neighborhood, which over the years has become the tourist destination par excellence for young people who want to enjoy their holidays, with the proximity of the sea and the presence of many nightclubs.

Barceloneta promenade
Barceloneta promenade

How to get to Barceloneta

If you look at the map of the Barcelona metro with the intention of reaching the Barceloneta neighbourhood, you cannot go wrong; you can easily find the corresponding stop on the yellow line L4 of the underground. Alternatively, you can reach La Barceloneta by walking along the Rambla from Plaza Catalunya to the statue of Christopher Columbus, or from the Born district, leaving the church of Santa Maria del Mar to the rear.

What to do in Barceloneta

The main attraction of Barceloneta is surely the beach, with its chiringuitos (small bars where you can enjoy cocktails and tapas with your feet in the sand), sunbeds, nets for beach volleyball, street vendors who even invented selling fresh mojitos!  But La Barceloneta is not only appreciated by tourists: there are many people in Barcelona who love to do physical exercise in the open air and choose La Barceloneta's coastline to run, skate or cycle. This lively district of Barcelona is also known for the presence of many restaurants with appetising menus, such as Can Majó, which is highly recommended if you are in the mood for a dinner based on fresh fish. Or the peculiar Bar Celoneta, which specialises in vegetarian cuisine (try the hamburgers and hummus!) But also original sangria-based cocktails. The advice is not to limit yourself by choosing among the many tourist places that promise discounts, attracting attention with large photographs, going into the straight streets of Barceloneta. These seem to be dirty and run down, but in reality they are rich, in premises that offer a cuisine of authentic flavours. A very pleasant walk that can be done in this area is to go along the Rambla del Mar, starting from the statue of Christopher Columbus and walking along a piece of the Passeig de Colom towards the east. Here is a real wooden bridge that leads passers-by into the middle of the sea to the modern Maremagnum Shopping Centre and the Barcelona Aquarium, a fun place for young and old alike. You can continue through the gardens leading to the Port Vell, the city's old port, where you can see the Museum of the History of Catalonia: a stylish building that tells the story of Catalonia from prehistoric times to the present day, including the intriguing tales of the Civil War.

Barceloneta Port
Barceloneta Port

Over the years, Barceloneta has been transformed into a high class business and tourist area, as can be seen in the great Hotel Vela, whose panoramic terrace is used for parties, concerts and conferences. All those who love the clubs of a certain style, where there is a dress code and a selection at the entrance, will be able to spend their ideal night in one of the premises located along the east coast of La Barceloneta, such as: Pasha, Shoko or Opium. Finally, Barceloneta is an ideal neighbourhood for organising parties of all kinds. If you need some more ideas to organise your parties or your nightlife in Barcelona, read all our advice about Stag Nights, Hen Nights and the Barcelona Nightclubs.  

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