El Born is without doubt the most charming district of Barcelona. All of its corners are full of pleasant surprises and captivating corners. From its small streets, passing through its majestic Rambla, Parc de la Ciutadella, the beautiful Santa Caterina market, or the solemn cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar, nothing in the Born leave you indifferent. Formerly was known as the Born district of La Ribera, and that went through a ditch that brought water from the river Besos. Merchants and sailors lived there, but over time settle down major buildings in the area now home to numerous museums: the Museum of Textiles and Clothing, the Barbier-Mueller Museum of Pre-Columbian art and the famous Picasso Museum.
Today, the Born is the most fashionable district of the city. One of its biggest attractions is that it still retains its medieval structure intact. Its wide range of cultural and leisure offers the best bars and designer restaurants, unique boutiques, museums, galleries, theaters ... This district is located between the neighborhood Barceloneta and Via Laietana. Its main artery is the famous Paseo del Born, a charming street lined with restaurants, bars and shops and headed for the jewel of the district, the Gothic church of Santa Maria del Mar. One of the side streets to Paseo del Born, Montcada Street , hosts one of the most famous museums of Barcelona: Picasso Museum.
The other nearby streets have a strong medieval atmosphere and full of amazing shops and restaurants. The Palau de la Musica Catalana, designed by the architect Domenech i Montaner, is another mandatory stop in the Born district. This is an amazing modernist building is a jewel of Catalan architecture. The Santa Caterina market, located just minutes from Palau, is the last market built in the city, but an essential stop. ation. Work of Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue, the roof corrugated ceramic colors has made him famous and special. Finally, the Parc de la Ciutadella is the lung of the neighborhood, and a more green areas gorgeous Barcelona. Formerly a military citadel, which still remain as some facilities such as arsenal, now home of the Catalan Parliament, the governor's palace, which today is a school and chapel. Here you will find the Museum of Geology, the Zoology, Barcelona Zoo, the Hivernacle (now a cafe) and Umbracle (a beautiful brick and wood gases). The park is a large lake where small boats navigate. From 1 April the Ciutadella called "Spring Festival", a celebration which organizes events, workshops, concerts and games for the whole family. Rent the best and soak up the most charming district of the city. You will not regret!