Thursday, 6 October 2016

Chronicles from Barcelona | La Barceloneta





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).










13 comments:

  1. Love these Barcelona port pictures, such a trendy and vibrant area! Love the colorful sculpture

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    1. Thank you Priya! Is indeed a great and bright part of the city. Love the art too :)

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  2. Beautiful pictures! I don't know much about Barcelona, but these pics of the port city remind me of home (Seattle). Thanks for that little bit of history as well :)

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    1. Thank you Jessica. Just know Seattle from the movies, but yes the marina area may resemble a bit. Better go there to check it out ;)

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  4. Such an informative post about the beautiful city of Barcelona! You're making me want to go back for another visit!

    -Lauren

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    1. Thank you Lauren! Barcelona is always a great place to return to.

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  5. This sounds really awesome. What would be some good food options in Le Barcelonta??

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    1. I didn't have lunch or dinner there, but pass by a lot of restaurants that looked great!

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  6. Looks like a great place to explore. We're currently deciding between a London or Barcelona layover and this may sway us a little more toward Barcelona!

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    1. Love both cities, but if its in the next weeks you'll probably still get good weather in Barcelona.

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  7. I absolutely love Barcelona! It feels so exciting and invigorating while at the same time being totally relaxing and chill. So awesome!

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    1. Feel the same! Thank you for your comment Maggie.

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