La Barceloneta – A neighbourhood to discover

Sep 28 10:56 2009 Sandra Dantis Print This Article

La Barceloneta is a marine neighbourhood in the Ciutat Vella, a district of Barcelona, which has a recent history. It is now in a process of restructuration in order to turn into a touristic zone despite the complaints of the residents, who would like that their streets could keep the aspect of a fishing village.

La Barceloneta is the ancient neighbourhood of Barcelonan fishermen. It was almost uninhabited till the mid of XVIII century. Due to its closeness to the sea,Guest Posting fishermen were the first people to settle in this part of the city and to start building their houses.

 

La Barceloneta is not situated in the centre of the city and for this it is not really chaotic. It looks more like a village, rather than a city’s neighbourhood. Here you can enjoy a break from the heat and the traffic and it is the best place in order to have a relaxing holiday. We suggest tying one of the available apartments for rent in Barcelona city rather than a hotel. This is a residential neighbourhood that oozes the typical Spanish atmosphere and a fishing environment where you can enjoy walking along its alleys and narrow streets seeing the clean laundry hanging from the balconies and resting in one of the tapa bars and have a fresh beer and a traditional potato filled with meat and pepper sauce.

 

This quiet, traditional aspect of Spain co-exists with the animated life of the seaside as a leisure place. Barceloneta’s sandy beach is wide and really popular in every season of the year, both nights and days. The beach is especially lively during the summer, when the chiringuitos – the typical beach bar - are open. By day, you will meet tourists and Spaniards melting and having a sunbath, windsurfing, jogging and riding bicycles. By night, you can dinner in one of the best restaurants of the city and taste fresh fish or have a drink and dance till morning in one of the disco pubs of the beach.

 

The leisure port is located in the ancient port and the luxurious yachts of V.I.P.s  from Barcelona berth here. Columbus’s monument dominates the port. This statue was built in 1888 and it is one of the main attractions of Barcelona at the end of La Rambla. The neighbourhood Gotico, which has plenty of attractions, is a less than 15 minutes walk away.

 

From the impressive Palau de Mar, which hosts the Museum of History of Catalonia, it is possible to have a good viewpoint of the leisure port and from its coffee bar on the fourth floor you can have an astonishing view of the city and of the Mediterranean sea, as well as from the posh restaurants of fish and paella on the ground floor. In the centre of the port you can also enjoy the commercial centre of Maremagnum with its shops, bars, restaurants and its Imax cinema. Here you can also find one of the largest aquarium of Europe and it is possible to see many species of fishes and sharks.

 

Close to the Palau de Mar, next to Moll dels Pescadores, there is a tower called Torre del Reloj. It is the oldest building of La Barceloneta and it corresponds to the ancient lighthouse recently transformed in a watch tower. The best period of the day to visit this area is at sunset. 

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Sandra Dantis works as SEO for GlobalCityBreak and collaborates with Steffen Hansen to the process of development of the company. www.globalcitybreak.co.uk is specialized in City Breaks and offer quality holiday apartments in the city centre of a number of different cities in Europe. All of our holiday rentals have been inspected by our staff to make sure that standard and location is perfect.

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