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El Born

La Ribera, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Ranked #72 of 385 activities in Barcelona
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Shopping, Dining, Arts and crafts, Drinking
Description: Off-beat and fashionable neighborhood that features historic attractions, art galleries, funky shops, bars and tapas.
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Fareham, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

First visit to Barcelona so had pre booked all the tourist stuff - Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batllo etc. Fortunately the hotel I'd booked was in the Born direction so only 5-10mins walk from Santa Maria del Mar. We went for a walk and stumbled on the area by chance and I wonder why it's not in the tourist... More

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barnard castle, uk
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

El Born is a warren of quirky side streets and tiny squares, church of Santa Maria del Mar, historic buildings, museums, trendy cafes and designer shops you don't find on the high street. Bohemian, buzzing and feeling very safe. The old market has been transformed into El Born CC. This beautiful old cast iron market building was one of several... More

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

On our wanderings around this great city, we decided to follow a one hour walk from our guidebook around this area. It was all very interesting and we saw some fascinating old buildings. Like the rest of this area of the city, it is hard to fathom the apparent acceptance of graffiti on buildings - it suggests a complete disrespect... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We had not intended to visit this attaction but just stopped to see what all the crowds were gathering outside. There are guards all dressed up in traditional outfits and many exhibitions as well as a few shops and restaurants in the surrounding area. Well worth a visit.

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Cannes, France
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79 reviews 79 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This place is as quite or as busy as you want it to be. Really lovely restaurants and shops and just a great vibe away from the tourist streets of Barcelona. So nice that we even managed to stay for a week without getting robbed!

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sydney
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66 reviews 66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Good shopping, good restaurants and a nice ambience in the street. Less tourists and more upmarket than other parts of the old city.

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Arenys de Mar, Spain
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

A new cultural equipament in Barcelona. Under an ancient market you can visit the city rests from 1714. In this date Barcelona was destroyed by French army. You can see the rests free, but you have the option to visit the rests, the exhibitions, to partcipate at cultural events or to drink a Moritz beer at the bar.

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Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Great place to visit. Just walk down the small streets and open your eyes for shops, small bars, mesuems, churches etc. You will be walking a lot but dont worry, you can stop every 30 min in one of the hundred bars/restaurants there for a refill. :)

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Rochester, New York
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We went to El Born for the Picasso museum, of course, and went back to see and do more. We saw the church of Santa Maria del Mar, a hotbed of resistance to Franco, and the spectacular but vacant El Born market on Passeig del Born. The upscale Santa Caterina market with its Gaudi-inspired room is worth a visit. We... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We went to several of the bars and restaurants here - our favourites were Origens for sampling great local food and wine, and Cactus bar for the best mojitos in Barcelona (and that's saying something).

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