Over the years El Born has grown into one of Barcelona’s premier cultural districts. The area is home to the renowned Picasso Museum, the grand Palau de la Música concert hall, and the Santa Maria del Mar church dating back to the 14th century, as well as a large number of smaller museums and art galleries.
El Born is an area full of charm and buzz, with the streets, often narrow and pedestrianised, flowing into little squares. The area is known for its great choice of restaurants, cosy bars and many excellent little boutiques. The little streets and passageways are often full of café and restaurant tables, and in the evenings El Born is just as popular, having become a favoured meeting spot thanks to the endless choice of restaurants.
Located close to El Born is the vast green park Parc de la Ciutadella – Barcelona’s answer to Central Park. This is where city-dwellers meet for yoga, picnics, cultural events and walks.
Thanks to the almost movie-like atmosphere in its colourful alleyways and fantastic range of both classic Catalan restaurants and modern eateries, the area has fast become a favourite amongst Barcelona’s trendsetters. Of the areas in the old town, El Born is one of the top picks in terms of house prices. The district offers everything from spacious apartments in grand old buildings to the cosy, smaller apartments in the properties dating back to the middle ages along the area’s streets and alleys.
The location makes it easy to get to other parts of the city by metro, with the stations Urquinaona, Jaume I and Barceloneta all nearby.