Barri de La Ribera
Barri de La Ribera
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Jaume I • 4 min walk
  • Barceloneta • 6 min walk
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia15,473 contributions
Aug 2022
While the Gothic quarter is the most famous in Barcelona, Ribera is likewise the similar historic district with a maze of narrow streets and alleys.
So, don't limit yourself, but walk further down - among many local cafes, bars, restaurants,...big attractions like Basilica Santa Maria del Mar and Picasso museum await you.
Written September 14, 2022
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Edward A
Richmond, Virginia196 contributions
Jun 2015
This section of Barcelona brims with authenticity. We roamed the larger streets and alleys, especially enjoying the narrow passageways and small shops. Street vendors seem focused as much on the locals as on tourists. The boundaries of these barrios aren't well marked off, so I think we wandered in and out of Barri de La Ribera and nearby Sant Pere. In La Ribera, visit the Mercat de Santa Caterina, one of the 43 covered marketplaces the city maintains and the one with the colorful, undulating roof line; it's filled with sweets and savories, stalls for cut fruit, ice cream, fresh fish, and so much more. El Born is a neighborhood within the La Ribera neighborhood and home to the Picasso Museum (worth a visit, as much for the collection and for the museum's surroundings) and the Passeig del Born, a beautiful, welcoming, tree-lined street of cafes and places to stop. In the adjoining Sant Pere district, residents were having a sewing competition on tables down the middle of the passage way, itself brightened by dozens of the yellow and red Catalan flag hanging from windows and suspended across alleys. We bought inexpensive jewelry, sampled chocolates, drank good cafe con leche, and ate at an outdoor restaurant in one of the mid-sized squares that seem to pop up out of nowhere. We also visited the large and impressive park featuring the Arc de Triomf and its colorful flowers, stylish lamp posts, and streams of pedestrians. Not worrying about barrio boundaries, we thoroughly enjoyed our meanderings.
Written August 5, 2015
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Simon S
Berlin, Germany10 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
Ribera is incredible. You need a certain amount of days to really get a feeling for it though, as it is interveined with so many narrow alleys and streets buzzling with bars, pretty boutiques and great restaurants. Every time you take a different turn then before you are amazed at what you find. The main streets are quite touristic while a lot of the barrio is not so much. And thats where you find the pretty stuff.
Written July 24, 2013
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TonyLINY
Bayside, NY654 contributions
Seedy even during the day, this is as gritty as Barcelona gets. You may want to keep your guard up even during the day. Nothing worth seeing in this neighborhood and no pretty plazas to people watch in. You'll probably only have to pass through if you plan on going to modern art museum. You will, however, find a few great Catalan restaurants for dirt cheap. Not worth your time.
Written November 18, 2009
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izif_37
Ljubljana, Slovenia3,057 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
Another old part of town, Similar like Barri Gotic end surroundings. Lots of narrow streets, interesting but not outstanding buildings, restaurants, small shops.... Nice for a walk, but not a must to see that part of town as well....
Written December 28, 2016
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corinne_anne1
Tel Aviv District, Israel44 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
This is another old quarter right next to Barri Gotic and almost as interesting. A little less beautiful in my opinion, and less central so it's better to take a hotel in Barri Gotic, but still lots of attractions, and it's great to walk around.
Written November 15, 2016
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Mac
Rawmarsh, UK46 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
A real tourist hot spot, but it is all much of a muchness! Worth a trip once perhaps but don’t make it a highlight of your visit as there are much more interesting things to do in Barcelona. The market gives a feel for local produce and has some good tapas and takeaway food stalls. Watch out for pick pockets!
Written December 26, 2019
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veraremzhina
St. Petersburg, Russia408 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
La Ribera,formerly Vilanova del Mar and the centre of the stately life of the city from the 13th to 14th centuries,singularly testifies to the longstanding relationship between the city and the sea.La Ribera conserves its multi-coloured medieval urban layout ,of narrow,twisting and intertwining streets-where most of the old trades of the city were concentrated,as the names of its streets demonstrate-from which stand out,like openings in an impenetrable wood,Santa Maria del Mar,El Born or Santa Caterina.
Written May 24, 2018
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LN1946
Varde, Denmark7,960 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
The old city in Barcelona is so wonderful.
Also La Ribera - El Born - the neighborhood between Barri Gotic and Parc Ciutadella.
You can walk around here in many hours.
Written July 18, 2016
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Karen V 🌴🌻🎀
Tampa, FL2,884 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
I really liked this part of our tour. This is the neighborhood of the Ciutat Vella that you don't normally see as a tourist. I visited in the morning and left right after lunch. This must be a good time to visit. I didn't get the impression that it was seedy at all, but I can imagine that it can get creepy at night if you're by yourself. We saw many art galleries and expensive clothing shops. It appears that there are many businesses that are renovating and making the neighborhood more upscale. It's great to see the old with the new. There are also many wonderful places to eat tapas. The prices are a little high, but the quality is amazing. The atmosphere is amazing all around. It truly is like you're walking through a different time period where horse drawn carriages used to be the public transportation. Don't miss walking through this part of town.
Written June 14, 2015
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