La Barceloneta Walking Tour (Self Guided), Barcelona

La Barceloneta neighborhood was originally formed during the 18th century by fishermen and their families. Today, La Barceloneta beach is one of the most active areas of the city, both during the day and night. In addition to its beaches, the neighborhood also features a lovely marina, a popular market, and many fancy restaurants and cafes. This self-guided tour will help you discover the modern and historic highlights of La Barceloneta.
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La Barceloneta Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: La Barceloneta Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: naomi
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Port Vell
  • Maremagnum Shopping Centre
  • Barcelona Aquarium
  • History Museum of Catalonia
  • La Barceloneta Market
  • Parroquia De San Miguel Del Puerto
  • Barceloneta Beach
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Port Vell

1) Port Vell

Port Vell is a marina is full of cruise ships, luxury yachts, and sailboats. The area is a nice place for a stroll especially at sunset. There are many shops, restaurants and cafes on the marina so you have plenty of choice for a place to sit down and enjoy the view. You can also take a ride on a sailboat for a day trip into Mediterranean.
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Maremagnum Shopping Centre

2) Maremagnum Shopping Centre

Maremagnum is a shopping center surrounded by water located near Port Vell in Barcelona. It features a large variety of shops and boutiques including homeware, clothing, jewelry, toy shops, cosmetics, etc. The shopping center also offers several restaurants and a playground for kids.

Next to Maremagnum is the popular pedestrian wooden bridge called "Rambla de Mar". Every hour this wooden bridge opens for aproximately 8 to 10 minutes in order to let the boats in the Marina sail into the open sea.
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Barcelona Aquarium

3) Barcelona Aquarium

Located at Port Vell, Barcelona Aquarium is home to 11,000 animals representing 450 species which includes sharks, rays and other large fish.

It has an ocean tank that has 36 meter (118 ft) in diameter, 5 meter (16 ft) deep, and contains 3,700,000 liters (980,000 US gal) of water and has a 80-meter (260 ft) underwater tunnel. The Aquarium is a popular place for family with kids.
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History Museum of Catalonia

4) History Museum of Catalonia (must see)

Other than citing regional history, the History Museum of Catalonia helps identify the local community with their past by bringing it to life through various artifacts, documents, historical installations, life-size replicas, and other media.

Located in a beautifully renovated 19th-century building, right on the water edge, this interactive, contemporary cultural venue is spacious and sleek. The museum collection spans the period from the pre-historic times to the present day, offering insight into the Catalan national identity. Alongside adults, kids would find this place just as entertaining. There are many interactive exhibits here including, among others, a full set of (plastic) Medieval plate armor to try on. Meanwhile, the adults are free to have a drink at the rooftop bar and enjoy great view of Barcelona and the waterfront.

The museum also offers a mobile tour app with English narration.

Why You Should Visit:
The tranquil interior is attractively contemporary in design, spacious and sleek, with plenty of benches throughout.
A variety of media / lifesize replicas, often interactive, enhances the experience and better represents the story being told.
There's no mistaking Catalonian pride here, so the history is told with a bias, but this adds to the uniqueness of the experience.

Tip:
There's a mobile app/tour available that you can use at some spots to get English presentations.
Before you leave, be sure to have a drink at the rooftop terrace with views over the port and city.

Opening Hours:
[Museum] Tue, Thu-Sat: 10am-7pm; Wed: 10am-8pm; Sun, Holidays: 10am-2:30pm
[Library] Mon-Fri: 10am-3pm (Jun-Sep); Mon, Fri: 10am-3pm; Tue-Thu: 4-6pm (Oct-May)
Closed: Non-holiday Mondays, Jan 1/6, May 1, Jun 10, Dec 25/26
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La Barceloneta Market

5) La Barceloneta Market

La Barceloneta Market (or "Mercat de la Barceloneta" in Spanish) is the biggest fresh food market in the Barceloneta neighborhood. The market was recently renovated and there are plenty of fresh food, fruits, vegetables, meat (including cured meat) and fish on sale. You can find tapas and cafes. Several stalls will cook and prepare food for you. The market is well worth a visit if you are staying at the nearby beach.
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Parroquia De San Miguel Del Puerto

6) Parroquia De San Miguel Del Puerto

La Parroquia San Miguel del Puerto is a Catholic church. The church was built during the same years when the neighborhood was built (1753 to 1755). From beginning of its history it served as a place of worship for the Catholic fishermen and their families. After its renovation in 1863, the church had three naves, two domes and a classical baroque style façade. In front of the church lays a quiet square with a fountain in the center; you always can see children playing there or people just having a walk around.
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Barceloneta Beach

7) Barceloneta Beach

La Barceloneta beach is one of Barcelona's oldest and most popular beaches. The beach is believed to be the setting that inspired Miguel de Cervantes for the fight between Don Quixote and the Knight of the White Moon. It was here that the knight errant was finally defeated and abandoned his quest.

Today the beach is a popular spot for sun bathing, swimming, play beach volley ball and engaging in various water sports. There are beach umbrellas, shower facilities, toilets and bicycle parking areas. There are also plenty stalls selling foods, water and ice cream. Come here with the right mode and fun is guarateed.

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