Why stay in Barceloneta?

by pierremarquez

Barceloneta is a district of Barcelona, it is one of the most famous touristic places of the city.

It is a district with a strong Mediterranean nature, with narrow streets and clothes hanging at the Windows. The Barceloneta has a unique identity and has become one of the most popular areas in Barcelona. Loads of tourists come here to relax at the beach or have a stroll in the port, although there are many others who opt to rent an apartment in Barcelona in the most centric districts. However, Barcelona has much more to offer apart from its beaches and its harbour. These are some of the reasons to choose this area for your holidays:

Urban transformation

Former district of fishermen and sailors, the Barcelona converted in its entirety since the 1992 Olympic Games of Barcelona, after the alterations of all the beaches and the Port Vell to give way to a quay to enjoy one of the best promenades of the city.

 Barceloneta nice view

This district has two sides:

1. The sea on one side, in front of the harbor, with all the restaurants and cafés, and the famous beaches on the other side, with the promenade that leads to the Olympic Harbour and some bars

2. The center of the district, which has kept its original look, with narrow streets, small restaurants and cafés and the market. 


Spanish cuisineOne of the main advantages of staying in this area is the excellent cuisine with sea products that come early in the morning from the fishermen. Paella, fideuà of fish and typical seafood dishes, such as squid fried in batter or clams. If you fancy either fish or seafood, la Barceloneta counts on the best restaurants, like Can Ramonet,Can Gananassa, with a wide variety of fish and seafood tapas, and Can Majó, with its delicious paella and its suquet of fish.

So, I suggest you go to one of the restaurants at the harbor or the heart of the district of la Barceloneta. Typical Catalan dishes and guaranteed quality

Strategic location

The metro is not the strong point of the district, with only one stop of the yellow line, la Barceloneta, but the district is situated just 15 minutes on foot from Las Ramblas and 10 minutes from the Port Olympic. This strategic location will allow you get to many landmarks on foot or catch many bus lines that get to all spots in the city.view of Barceloneta beach


You can both enjoy many activities like concerts and monuments, and also feel safe at night. Moreover, you can relax at the seaside on the beach and have a walk in the narrow streets in the most typical and authentic ambiance. Furthermore, if you are a nighthawk, you must know that some of the most famous bars and clubs of the city are 10 minutes far away on foot, on the Port Olympic beach.


Whether you travel with your family, your friends or your partner, la Barceloneta is the ideal district to rent an apartment in Barcelona for your holidays. You’ll be satisfied! 


Things to consider


Only residents can park in the district
in the street, otherwise you’ll get a fine. Also, even though the district is safe at night, remember that this area (especially because of the beach) attracts lots of tourists. Therefore, you should always keep an eye on your belongings, don’t leave anything in your car or walk with the wallet in your hand, for example.

Did you know that ...

The district of la Barceloneta was born after the demolition of more than 1,000 apartments in the area of la Ribera (former economic center of the city between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries) to build the fortress of la Ciutadella in 1714. It was necessary to resettle all the inhabitants and a new district was built: La Barceloneta. The buildings of this district couldn’t have more tan two floors in order to launch missiles from the citadel.

 Old picture of Barceloneta

Due to its location, this area was dangerous for many years because it suffered lots of seaborne assaults and many lootings, but later it became a quiet district of fishermen and sailors. 

Updated: 02/27/2012, pierremarquez
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