Pressed firmly between beach and marina, the Barceloneta district is infused with maritime charm that has earned it the moniker ‘The Typical Fishermen Neighbourhood’; originally, Barceloneta was home to the citys fishing community. The streets behind the quayside owe their grid formation to their construction, as part of the enforced evacuation of La Ribera, in the eighteenth century. Homes in that district were demolished to make way for the building of the fortress La Ciutadella, after the seizure and conquest of Barcelona by Felipe V.
Now the residential area is an appealing blend of traditional and modern, with washing drying on the narrow balconies, and the bars and restaurants are popular night attractions for people from all over Barcelona. Situated on the waterfront, the Palua de Mar offers a variety of restaurants and is exceedingly popular, as it is sheltered even in winter. The joys of eating al fresco and drinking cava can be indulged in year round.
At the end of the promenade lies the Passeig Joan de Borbo and here can be found the most popular eatery in Barceloneta. One of the finest fish and paella restaurants, from where fishing boats can be seen moored up on the fishermens wharf, is the Moll dels Pescadors. There you will also see the magnificent clock tower, the Torre del Rellotge, which was originally a lighthouse. Next to this is the fish market, or mercat de peix, which opened in the 1920’s, and is still supplied by the fishermen, on their twice daily return to shore.
Imposing itself upon the panorama is the 78 metre high Torre de Sant Sebastia: this marks the terminal of the 1,300 meter routed cable car which climbs the Montjuic to Mirimar, where the views of the Mediterranean are spectacular. Montjuic was the setting for the 1992 Olympic Games and also boasts two world class museums, a cultural centre, magnificent gardens and the Poble Espanyol: the Spanish Village.
In the centre of Barceloneta is the plaza where you will find the unique Mercat Barceloneta, a recently renovated building originally built in the modernista style. Alongside all the splendid meat, fish, fruit and vegetable stalls is the Michelin star awarded restaurant- Llucanes.
On the waterfront, itself, the Passeig Maritim, is the Platja Barceloneta, a palm lined beach with wooden walkways and designer showers – six other well maintained beaches reach out along this lovely seafront. If you want to touch, see and smell the maritime essence of Barcelona during your holidays, an afternoon taking in the charms of Barceloneta is well recommended.
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