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El Born

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Address: La Ribera, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Activities: Shopping, Dining, Arts and crafts, Drinking
Description: 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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El Born is a nice quarter of Barcelona. Lots of small shops, restaurants and bars and you can just stroll around and you'll see something new around each and every corner.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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131 reviews 131 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

El Born is a nice quarter of Barcelona. Lots of small shops, restaurants and bars and you can just stroll around and you'll see something new around each and every corner.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Nice place to visit while walking around El Born. You get to see the remains of the ancient city without paying, plus some temporary exhibitions for a fee. Worth it!

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Lombard, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

They discovered Roman Ruins in Barcelona when they were building a shopping mall . so they have been excavating them ever since . It's a great place to atop by and look around. It only takes a few minutes.

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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Best quarter of town, most interesting bars, cafe's, galleries, street art, hipster and funky people. Spent a wonderful day there.

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Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

I have stayed in El Born before but this trip we stayed in Gracia and spent time in El Born. The atmosphere and experience in both areas is the same... friendly and relaxed while still being very 'buzzy'. There is also a mix of tourists and locals. There is a good selections of bars and restaurants as well as places... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Stumbled onto this iron castle with a great little eatery. Superb waiter, bent over backwards to give us what we wanted, i.e., we wanted only a little food and he made a special plate for my wife and myself. Interesting building in the old town area of Barcelona. What's not to like!

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

To avoid all masses of people, in some parts it can be more "quiet" and you don´t need to bump into too many people. Still a part of old town but much better. Also a great night life.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Born is a great little area in Barca, not far from Las Ramblas. Theres a beautiful cathedral and lots of little bars for tapas. However where we ate was on the Passeig del Born where is was more touristy and we got tax added to all of our food. It is definitely an area to check out when in Barcelona... More 

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Medellin, Colombia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

One of the most beatiful neighborhood in the middle of Barcelona. There you can see different cultural activities like the castellets (human castles). Take your time and walk slowly.

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Seattle, Washington
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Well, not much to say. I accidentally found this while walking the city, it is free to get in, cool to see at first, but was done in 10 minutes. They have shows and shops, but these are not part of the main attraction itself.

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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 neighborhood 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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