Metro: Jaume I
Essential: An afternoon in the café of Palau de la Musica is an experience not to be missed; admire the extraordinary architecture whilst enjoying a cup of coffee.
Famous for: Catedral del Mar
In three words: fascinating, modern, elegant
The Born area is the fashionable part of Barcelona. Over the last few years this area, located between the Gothic Quarter, the sea and Ciutadella park, has rapidly become the part of the city known for its fast paced & cosmopolitan atmosphere.
HISTORY: Historically this area was divided into two parts, the Ribera and the Born. The latter has had greater importance up to the point that the whole area is now called the Born. Between the XIII and XV century this area was the economic centre of Barcelona. It still maintains the prints from the past, as some of the streets are named after old professions and crafts. The flavour of this area is undoubtedly the refined mix of medieval history and contemporary spirit.
ATMOSPHERE: Situated amongst old stones and beautiful lights, the Born breaths a surreal atmosphere, fruit of the harmonious coexistence of its glorious past and bright future. In brief the Born is an elegant place full of art galleries, fashionable boutiques, crafts, bars, and restaurants with terraces. Since it has become the most fashionable area of Barcelona, living here is almost a status symbol. The apartments here are often times desired by Hollywood stars for their stay in Barcelona.
PLACES: Arguably one of the most beautiful churches in Barcelona, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar was built in the XIV century features solid gothic shapes and marvellous interior. This place has a mysterious never fading charm. Calle Montcada is where the reknown Picasso Museum is situated. It which holds more than 3,500 pieces of art. Palau de la Música Catalana is an auditorium with modern architecture, named in the world heritage list by UNESCO. The Born Market is another modern iron structure, where in 2002 medieval ruins were unexpectedly found. And finally the Ciutadella Park, the most famous park in Barcelona, known for its large pond & zoo.
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