First time visiting Barcelona October 2013...My partner was puzzled as to why this little gem was not on the map... As the story goes, I tried to drag him to El Born, but having data roaming turned off and no proper directions or signs this proved slightly difficult! My partner was not inclined to listen to me as I tried assuring him that I had done my research and that El Born was the place to be... so, anyway... I let him have his way...we ended up on a tourist bar crawl getting dropped off to a dingy r&b club in the backstreets of Barca, totally not worth it and the beer was not exactly cheap at 6.50 a bottle, we payed 15 each for a cocktail and shot and transport to the club. I was not impressed, it wasn't for me. So, we left not long after we got there, we soaked up a bit of the atmosphere, it was busy and there we were roaming the streets of Barca, along with the road sweepers and cleaners and dust bin men, we found ourselves waiting for our first train back to Santa Susanna...with 2 hours to kill we picked up an Estrella for 1.00...bargain, off the lucky men. We bumped into a few prostitutes trying to rob a group of guys- feeling their back pockets! "Ey up lads i'd watch your wallets" I said...this kicked up a fuss haha
We finally found El Born on our last day of exploring. & WOW, thank god we did! This place seriously saved my trip to be honest, the sights etc were great and the little quirky side streets off the rambla but El Born definately did it for me, made me want to go back...so I find myself as soon as I get home, booking my next trip back! Well done El Born! Whatever your age, if you like a stylishly fun time and like to be in a hip and happening place, mixng shopping with drinks and nibbles without the touristy crap and mass of main stream shops, youll love El Born! Great quirky shops and streets, very edgy and classy. Can't wait to come back.It's Spains Covent Garden/ Camden - but better & with more graffiti!
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