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El Born

La Ribera, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Ranked #86 of 425 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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Cotonou, Benin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We stumbled upon El Born on the way back to our hotel and were enchanted by it. An old covered market, the ironwork of the building is very impressive and a beautiful setting for the dug-out remains of the old streets of Barcelona contained within. You can walk around the site for free and read the panels of information that... More

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South Bend, Indiana
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

On my way to visit the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, I wandered through this neighborhood. To get out of the chilly drizzle I unknowingly found El Born. Referring both to the neighborhood and to the restored/renovated/discovered archaeological and cultural center that used to be a central market. A very pleasant and interesting way to learn about Catalonia's history.... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

with a lot of references to the 300 year anniversary of the siege conquest of Barcelona around the city, this was fascinating to visit and see the archaeological remains and historical context of both the city the political background of the succession wars

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Long Beach, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My fiance and I ended up spending every night of our trip to Barcelona in El Born. We stayed at a hotel that was a 10 minute (or so) walk away from the neighborhood. We would walk to El Born and wander the streets looking for a place to eat. There are so many options for eating, drinking and shopping,... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Be sure to visit the artisitic neigborhood of El born and fall in love with its narrow streets, colorful graffiti, unique shops and cool vibe. Next time I visit Barcelona, this is where I want to be staying. While you are there, be sure to try one of the many bakeries/cupcakeries. Though it seems like each one of them would... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

So you have all read about how wonderful this architectural find is in Barcelona but I need to tell you the gift shop there is just as amazing with lots of unique items. Make sure you visit this location on your way from the beautiful park. You will not be disappointed.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

There is no doubt at all that the Born is the best part of Barcelona. It's narrow streets and small, independent shops, bars and restaurants are fascinating and beautiful. It is peaceful, and feels far safer than some of the other areas. It is a wonderful area to visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

A quaint and artsy naighborhood with plenty of small and unique shops. Do wander through the alleys to find hidden treasures and unusual things to bring home. Bathroom facilities are lacking though.. So do be prepared to hunt for a restroom unless you stop for a drink or a meal.

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Veenendaal, The Netherlands
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90 reviews 90 reviews
38 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

El born is a great place for strolling, shopping and eating. Good shops and great vibe. Authentic small streets and nice restaurants and bars. Really one of the greater parts of Barcelona!!

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73 reviews 73 reviews
32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

Visit el born cc for the Catalan history to understand a little of their independence. Saw this on last day yet really wish had seen this on day one.

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