Barceloneta (92)

Barceloneta was a practically uninhabited area until the middle of the eighteenth century. In 1754, the first houses started to go up and the neighbourhood filled with fishing families and people connected to work in the port.

In 1992, because of the Olympics, this traditional fishing neighbourhood, with narrow streets and poorly urbanised, was transformed by the recovery of its beaches, the opening of the quays, sea-front promenades and leisure harbours.

An original way of reaching the neighbourhood is by the cable car that crosses from the Montjuïc Castle and provides some spectacular views of the city.

The Clock-tower stands on the Moll dels Pescadors (Fishermen’s Dock). This is the oldest building in the area, dating from 1772, and was the port’s lighthouse until mid-nineteenth century modernisation converted it into a clock. If you approach it in late afternoon, you will see how the fishermen begin to tie up their boats loaded with the catch, which they then sell in the fish auction that takes place in the Llotja building.

The neighbourhood still has a village air. But when you reach the beach, the atmosphere changes a lot, it becomes a much more cosmopolitan place, especially in summer. Its beach is one of the liveliest in the city, both day and night. Over one kilometre of beach for strolling, sun-bathing, windsurfing, jogging and bike-riding.

In addition, the area has the city’s best restaurants specialising in fresh fish, rice and shell-fish.

The charm of this neighbourhood lies in losing yourself in its narrow, damp streets, blackened by salt. With clothes pegged out to dry on the balconies. Visit its Baroque church, Sant Miquel del Port, St Michael of the Port, in the Plaça de la Barceloneta, drop into its characteristic spots, full of a special charm, such as its bars or harbour cafés... Because, alongside its more modern face, Barceloneta continues to smell of salt and the atmosphere of the sea.

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