When, in the eighteenth century, a part of the residents of La Ribera quarter where planned to lost their homes, whose demolition was ordered by Filipe V, in order to built the Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona grew towards the sea and La Barceloneta was built to accommodate its new inhabitants, mostly fisherman and sailors.
During the nineteenth century La Barceloneta played an important part on the industrial development of the city with large factories that today no longer exist. The landscape of the neighborhood changed dramatically with the 1992 Olympics, with the recuperation of the urban infrastructures, the creation of beautiful beaches lined with white sand and palm trees and rigorous standards of coastal water quality. Promenades, Shoppings, Hotels, a Marina (Port Vell) and an Aquarium, sportive infrastructures, trendy restaurantes and contemporary art exhibits are among the attractions waiting for Barceloneta visitors.
The neighborhood is triangular and bordered by beaches and the sea area, with Port Vell on the right, and the new Port Olimpic on the left. If you come from La Rambla towards Columbus monument you can continue to La Rambla de Mar, a wooden pier that leads to the part of Port Vell where you can find the Shopping Center Maremagnum and the Aquarium. If you circle the Marina by its other side you can walk Passeig Colom with its palm trees and sculptures while looking at the beautiful ships in the Marina.
Across La Barceloneta there are the beaches and further to the left the Olympic Village and Port with continuing beachfront. This neighborhood, once a fisherman village, then an industrial area, is now a modern, trendy and vibrant area of the city, designed for leisure and sport, that you surely will enjoy.
You can walk to La Barceloneta from La Rambla (Barri Gòtic) or from Parc de la Ciutadella (El Borne). Alternatively you can take the subway to Barceloneta Station (L4).