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El Born

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El Born / La Ribera
As featured in 3 Days in Barcelona and 6 other guides
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Address: La Ribera, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Phone Number: +34 932 56 68 51
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Off-beat and fashionable neighborhood that features historic attractions,...

Off-beat and fashionable neighborhood that features historic attractions, art galleries, funky shops, bars and tapas.

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Loved this area with an historical museum

We came upon this building by accident while staying in the local area. We were very surprised it was free to enter. It displayed a historical dig showing the history of the... read more

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Shepshed, United Kingdom
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Shepshed, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came upon this building by accident while staying in the local area. We were very surprised it was free to enter. It displayed a historical dig showing the history of the area. YOu could walk around and look over the ruins with written detailed historical recordings of the events. You could book to even walk around the ruins with... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We wandered around Barcelona for three days before discovering this are and we regretted that it was on our last night that we found it. Place was full of energy, shopping, restaurants, bars, etc. We would have spent so much more time there then one evening. Cant remember where we ate but it was on a Sunday so a few... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Narrow streets with character and history, great cafes, bars and lots of great restaurants. Felt very safe at night and didn't come across a better area our whole visit. Lots of boutiques and small museums too with the Ciutadella Park on one side and Barri Gotic on the other it doesn't get much better.

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really good area for food & bars, really enjoyed wandering around here. There are some good deals if you look for "menu del dia".

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Chamonix, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

With the Gothic this is one of the best places to grab a cocktail in a trendy bar, shop and wander through the streets

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is another part of the city that you need to walk through to really appreciate. It feels old and it feels hip. There is art graffiti all over the place. Bars, Restaurants and shops are all there for your enjoyment.

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel was in this district...it's brilliant. Full of interesting bars and restaurants, great architecture, lovely individual shops. A joy to mooch around.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

V nice neighborhood safe and has some great bars tapas places you can try. Lots of good food and great history. More urban and stylish loved it.

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Woodbury, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel was located in El Born, the area is alive with people and restaurants and shops. We spent the better part of two days here and it could have been a week.

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League City, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed several days in the Born district (pronounced born-aye by locals). If you love ancient buildings, extremely narrow winding streets, lots of life and tiny family owned shops and restaurants this is the place for you. It's fascinating and it's easy to feel the life of the past when walking through.

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El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighbourhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
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