La Barceloneta Walking Tour, Barcelona (Self Guided)

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. It is an ideal place to go for a night out, be it to have dinner in a fancy restaurant or have a drink or party until the wee hours of the morning. This self-guided tour will help you discover the historic and modern 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: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: naomi
Parc de Barceloneta

1) Parc de Barceloneta

The Parc de Barceloneta is an open space in Barcelona that connects the Olympic Village (or the Vila Olimpica) to the Barceloneta. The park comprises many different structures and buildings. These have been created using perfect integration and precision and remind one of the history and association of this area with the gas industry of Spain.

Located towards the end of the Barceloneta district, the space opens up directly below Ronda Litoreal. The green space consists of many grassy areas and paved paths as well. The illumination and lighting used here creates a magnificent effect during the night time.

The park connects the Ronda Litoral to the beach and the walkway opens up all the way to the beach. This space is regularly used by the general public of the area for leisure and relaxation.

The park is basically divided into three main areas. The first division is the area that is built in the vicinity of an old gas tank and connects Passeig Maritim to Carrer Doctor Aiguader. The second division comprises mainly of walkways and large slopes whereas the third division is a football field. The park is a very relaxing place indeed, and is an ideal picnic spot for locals and tourists alike.
La Fabrica del Sol

2) La Fabrica del Sol

La Fabrica del Sol is a highly advanced centre for environmental education. This centre is one of its kinds, pioneering environmental studies in the Calatan city of Barcelona. It has been opened in the old Gas Factory of Barceloneta which was built in 1907. The building has been redesigned and renovated to make the area appropriate for it as an environmentally sustainable space. One of the greatest things about this centre is the fact that it is completely self sufficient and independent in terms of energy usage and consumption because it generates and produces its own power.

The building has a large number of photovoltaic cells that capture the energy trapped in the radiation of the sun, and convert it to electricity and usable power for utilizing in the centre. There are also a number of water tanks for the collection of rain water, along with a treatment plant. The building also has its very own cooling system that provide a dual mechanism of keeping the centre cool during the summer, and providing central heating during the winters.

The centre cost €1.6 million on all of its facilities and redesigning. The space has basically been built for the purpose of educating school children and allowing them to learn more about environmental studies in this one of a kind interactive centre.
Can Ramonet

3) Can Ramonet

Can Ramonet is one of the traditional restaurants of Barceloneta located in a 250 year old house. The restaurant serves mainly dishes made from freshly caught fish and seasonal country products. You can enjoy some fine world-class wine with the meal. The friendly staff will do their best for you to have a great time there.
Mercat de la Barceloneta

4) Mercat de la Barceloneta

Mercat de la Barceloneta is the biggest fresh food market in the Barceloneta neighborhood. The market was recently renovated in order to attract more consumers to buy fresh food. The modernization of the construction helped to cover 40 percent of its energy consumption by installing 180 solar panels on the roof. Here you can find also two restaurants that cook their dishes from fresh products sold in the market.
History Museum of Catalonia

5) 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.

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
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.
Plaza del Mar

7) Plaza del Mar

Plaza del Mar is a square located at the south of the neighborhood and it joins the Sant Sebastian Beach. The square is ideal for walks no matter the weather. On the square are located some of the Olympic sculptures. The most interesting one is "A Room Where It Always Rains" by Juan Munoz. Due to some technical problems the water system of the sculpture never worked, so it could be called "A Room Where Its Never Rained."
Torre Sant Sebastia

8) Torre Sant Sebastia

Standing at a spectacular length of seventy eight meters is the Torre Sant Sebastia, which is a lattice tower in Barcelona. Inaugurated in 1931, this tower is used as the terminal of the aerial tramway called Port Vell Aerial Tramway. The tramway runs from Torre Jaume I to the hill Montjuic. The tower is truly a spectacular sight to behold with its simple architecture and height.

For visitors, there is a restaurant at the top of the tower as well. Two elevators present in the tower can take visitors either to the restaurant, or the cabins which are also present at the top of the Torre Sant Sebastia.

The mastermind behind this rather unusual, yet brilliant structure is Carles Biogas. Following its construction, it underwent a renovation phase that ended in 1995. The exact architectural height of the tower is 78.40 meters. It is a prominent landmark of Barcelona and is also used as an observation tower and a suspension cableway station. It is situated in the Ciutat Vella District of the city and the exact address of this destination is Moll Nou. The Torre Sant Sebastia is a must visit for locals and visitors alike.
W Barcelona

9) W Barcelona

The W Hotel Barcelona, also popularly known as Hotel Vela, has a height of 99m, although its expected initial height was about 170 meters. It was designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. This building is part of the expansion of the southern port of Barcelona. At the time of submission the project had a sail-shaped tower that reached up to 168 meters. However, the city council forced the architect to modify the project to not alter the shape of Barcelona to be crowned by the towers of the Olympic Village. Due to its reflective glass facade the building's exterior seams to move when the sun is shining on it.

Walking Tours in Barcelona, Spain

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Montjuic Walking Tour

Montjuic Walking Tour

Montjuic is a hill in Barcelona which offers a variety of great attractions of historic, cultural, and architectural value. Here, you can watch a magic show by Font Magica de Montjuic, visit the place where matadors faced the bulls in the past, explore the Castell de Montjuic with its spectacular views, and much more. Discover the best spots of Montjuic with this tour today!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Eixample Souvenir Shopping

Eixample Souvenir Shopping

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Montjuïc Museums Tour

Montjuïc Museums Tour

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Travel Distance: 2.0 km
La Ribera Walking Tour

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Ciutat Vella Nightlife

Ciutat Vella Nightlife

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Barcelona for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Barcelona has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money getting around Barcelona and visiting the city's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as iVenture Card, Hola Barcelona: Transport Pass, Barcelona Pass, and Barcelona Museum Pass.

These city passes combine all or multiple Barcelona's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Barcelona hotels that are conveniently located: Iberostar Paseo de Gracia 4* Sup, Catalonia Plaza Cataluña Hotel, Olivia Plaza Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Barcelona, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, as a guided tour of Barcelona typically costs between around US$15 and over US$80 per person:

- Hop on a “hop-on hop-off” double-decker and enjoy sightseeing of Barcelona from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts around 2 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Barcelona on a 3-hour bike tour visiting the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each (for 5-20 minutes) to get rest, watch the surroundings, and learn much about the city from an informative group leader.

- If you're an arts and architecture buff, with a keen interest in Catalan modernism of the late 19th century, then you may definitely enjoy a 2-hour guided stroll around the Quadrat d'Or (Golden Square) in Barcelona's Eixample borough to explore in-depth the works (buildings) of the celebrated pioneers of modernism: Domenech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and, of course, Barcelona's most acclaimed architect Antoni Gaudí. As an extra bonus on this tour, you will get a 20% discount on a guided tour of the Palau de la Música Catalana (Music Palace), discounted entrance at Casa Batlló, free admission to the Museu del Modernisme Català (Catalan Modernism Museum), plus savings on admission to Casa Batlló. Great value and tons of information for the money spent!

- If you don't find tales of the supernatural terrifying, and if the gruesome details of witchcraft, exorcisms and paranormal activity, told after sunset, make your hair stand but only with curiosity, then why not treat yourself to a 2-hour “ghost” walk to discover sinister secrets of Barcelona, visiting some of the city's haunted places, entertained along the way by an informative commentary from an expert guide.

- Have the taste of Catalonia’s gourmet culture on this 3- to 4-hour tour of Barcelona's tapas crawling some of the city’s most prominent bars and cafes in La Rambla, La Boqueria food market, and the Gothic Quarter led by an expert food guide. Apart from savoring a variety of traditional Catalonian cured meats, cheeses and breads, as well as drinks, you will also learn how to order these iconic bar snacks in style, like a true local!

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in Barcelona, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Costa Brava, Pyrenees mountain range, or Tarragona and Sitges. For as little as US$90+ to US$190+ you will get a chance to observe the picturesque villages and dramatic cliffs of the nearby Mediterranean coast, get high up in the Pyrenees Mountains visiting the historic town of Vic in the north of the country with optional hiking, horseback riding or boating excursions, or discover historical highlights of the Roman city of Tarragona complete with a seaside leisure at Sitges. All these trips start and end at your hotel and you'll be carried by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minivan, accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide.