The delightful Barceloneta area of Barcelona, which was once a quiet, sleepy fishing village, is a neighbourhood brimming with a fabulous array of must see sights and attractions, such as the impressive Barcelona Aquarium, the fantastic Port Vell Marina and the superb Barceloneta Beach. Below you will find our most popular Barceloneta apartments, which vary in size and budget, together with a link to all apartments in the area.
Most popular Barceloneta apartments
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Below is a list of various food stores which can be found within easy reach of many of our Barceloneta apartments via public transport, all of which offer a variety of both local and international produce. We have also listed several nearby restaurants, should you wish to take a break from preparing your own meals within our self-catering apartments.
The beautiful neighbourhood of Barceloneta strikes a triangular mark on the landscape of the Ciutat Vella district and is bordered by the Moll d’Espanya of Port Vell, the fashionable El Born neighbourhood and the Mediterranean Sea. Historically, very few people actually lived in Barceloneta before the mid-18th century. Fishermen were the first settlers here although the living conditions at the time would have been far from comfortable. The first houses appeared around 1754 and the area continued to grow as a more established fishing harbour providing jobs and food. The engineer Prósper de Verboom created a rectangular grid-style street plan for the area which remains today. Some 240 years later with the steady decline of the fishing industry the area underwent a much needed renovation scheme in preparation for the 1992 Olympic Games. This may be the smallest of neighbourhoods or ‘barrios’ of the city but it’s also one of the most popular. With its stunning sandy golden beach, beautiful plazas, entertainment areas, an excellent market, some of the best seafood restaurants in town and a broad international mix of residents it has become one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in the city to live in.
Barceloneta somehow still maintains a certain village like atmosphere separate from the main part of the city which is extremely charming. The jewel of the neighbourhood is of course the stunning Barceloneta Beach. Here you can relax and take a break from the heat of the city whilst enjoying a stroll on the warm sand or a paddle in the sea. Grab an iced coffee or cool beer from one of numerous beach-side bars known locally as ‘chiringuitos’. Many of them stay open late into the night. You will spot joggers, windsurfers and cyclists enjoying the beach. Indeed it received third prize in the Discovery Channel’s 2005 documentary ‘World’s Best Beaches’.
At the southern tip of the district lies Port Vell Marina, a popular entertainment area that draws crowds all year round. You will find lots of restaurants, bars, late night partying opportunities as well as an excellent IMAX cinema and somewhere to moor your expensive yacht. Most visitors, however, head to the Marina in search of just one thing – fish! The famous Barcelona Aquarium here has attracted more than 12 million visitors to date and boasts an incredible collection of 35 Mediterranean and tropical tanks containing 11,000 sea creatures covering 450 species. A visiting highlight has to be the underwater tunnel which measuring 80 metres long and brings you face to face with sharks. Children will particularly enjoy the many interactive exhibits too.
Another of Barceloneta’s most popular attractions is the amazing Port Vell Aerial Tramway which can transport you across the port to Montjuïc providing incredible views across the city. Look out for the huge tower of Torre de Alta Mar at the southerly tip of the district from where the cable car departs and arrives. Be sure to wave at the diners in the wildly extravagant restaurant also housed in the tower as you glide past their window.
Barceloneta is an area bursting with many more must see sights and attractions, making it a neighbourhood definitely worthy of exploring from one of our Barceloneta apartments.
All of these must see sights and attractions, which are just waiting to be explored, can be found within easy reach of many of our Barceloneta apartments.