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La Barceloneta area of Barcelona

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La Barceloneta - Main tourist attractions and sights    

Passeig Joan de Borbó
Picturesque boulevard along marina leading down to the Barceloneta beach
Museum of Catalan History
Palau de Mar. Has roof top cafe terrace with views of marina.
Museu Marítim
Barcelona Maritime museum
IMAX Theatre
3D and IMAX cinema on Moll d’Espanya in Port Vell
Barcelona harbour tours
Golodrinas harbour tours
Torre del Reloj
Old lighthouse built in 1772, now a clock tower, on Moll dels Pescadors.
Can be viewed from Maremagnum Shopping Mall
Parròquia de Sant Miquel del Port
Church from 1755 located on Plaça Barceloneta 

Maremagmum mall
Located in Port Vell at end of Rambla de Mar. Open Sundays.

The name Barceloneta means literally “little Barcelona.” It lies on reclaimed land from the sea and there were residents here as early as the 15th century. The small triangular form of La Barceloneta covers just 71 hectares, but this is 71 hectares of the most expensive real estate in the Cuitat Vella due to its prime location near the beach, the Port Vell marina and Barcelona city centre. The first real houses were constructed in 1753 by the army.  The purpose was to provide new housing for former residents of Ribera, who had been displaced by the construction of Cuitadella Garrison, (which later became the Cuitadella Park.)  Barcelona was still walled at this time and there was no room for new residents within the walls.

In true military fashion 15 parallel streets were planned, each 7.5 meters wide and crossed by other three cross-sectional streets of 9.3 meters width. The original houses, some of which can still be seen, were two floors high and originally intended to house 1 family. They were all the same and built in a grid pattern. The earliest residents were mostly mariners, fishermen, shipbuilders. From 1846 they were joined by factories and factory workers as the industrial age started and  the city council of Barcelona banned new factories within the city walls. New industrial areas outside old Barcelona sprung up and Barceloneta with it’s close proximity to the port and the emerging railways was the an ideal location for industry. One of the original industries, the gas production industry, still has its head office close to Barceloneta.

When the walls of Barcelona came down and trams connected the city, Barceloneta began the transformation into the beach and leisure area that it is today. Most of the two storey houses have been long since been built up or replaced, but the street layout is still the same and the “village in a city” atmosphere is still strong. Today La Barceloneta is a bustling, vibrant and essential part of Barcelona. Around 16000 inhabitants are adapting to the new Barceloneta which merges the best of old world tradition and customs with fast paced modern tourism. Hundred year old bars and fish restaurants co-exist well with new and trendy cocktail bars, chiriniguitos and hotels.

Some old timers grumble that the number of tourists living and renting apartments in Barceloneta have turned the neighbourhood into one long vertical "hotel", the roads being corridors and the tiny flats the rooms. They might be right, but most locals and visitors agree that the infusion of visitors has made Barceloneta an even more colourful and lively area of Barcelona than before.
 La Barceloneta - Personal opinions from people who live there

Positive: Unbeatable neighbour atmosphere • The streets, the neighbours, the colours of the washing hanging out from every flat makes it feel like a real home with real people • there’s nothing like the smell of the sea and the salt for feeling the joy of life • for walking, biking, skating this is the best place in town • it’s like living in a village by the sea • we have plenty of old world restaurants and cafes in Barceloneta and if we want new and trendy we go to the Born which is just a short walk away.

Negative: Many tourists in the summer • the close proximity to the sea means that the humidity can make it a bit chilly in the winter • shopping is limited, but it’s close to the city centre • No lifts • finding free parking is hard but there is underground parking nearby