Barcelona is an evocative holiday destination, and one of Spain’s most visited cities. Offering much to the discerning traveler, the attractions in this Spanish capital are almost endless. One of the best areas to visit is El Born, a section of the La Ribera district close to the old city centre. Brimming with trendy shops, cafés, tapas bars and museums; El Born is the ideal base for all your Barcelonan explorations. Book a holiday apartment in El Born and you’ll have all of this, and more, right at your doorstep.
Need a hand to get started? Ningún problema! Here’s our pick of the most intriguing cultural treasures in the area. So go forth and conquer amigos, Barcelona is waiting for you!
Catch a concert at the Palau de la Musica Catalana
One of El Born’s major attraction is the Palau de la Musica Catalan; the building itself is worthy of a visit, but it’s catching a concert here which will be the real highlight.
Built at the turn of the 20th Century, this auditorium is a collective ensemble of Catalan architecture, avant-garde design and impressive acoustics. Declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1997, the Palau is still at the forefront of Barcelonan entertainment, and concerts are held here almost every night.
Take a day time tour of the Palau and you can admire the intricately carved marble columns, mesmerizing stained glass roof, ceramic mosaics and a myriad of endless detailing. For a truly spectacular experience, snag a ticket to one of the many evening concerts.
Visit the Museu Picasso
Art lover or not, one must admit that if there’s an instantly recognizable name in the world art scene, it is Picasso.
Pablo Picasso is arguably Spain’s most famous artiste, and the world’s biggest collection of his works is housed in the aptly named Museu Picasso on Carrer Montcada in El Born. The only dedicated museum opened during the artist’s lifetime is a mecca for art lovers the world over; and a visit here certainly not to be missed. Over 3000 exhibits are on show, and are wonderfully showcased in chronological order, giving you an unprecedented glimpse of the artist’s evolution through the decades. In particular, it highlights Picasso’s love for the city of Barcelona; making this an ideal cultural pilgrimage site.
The Museum is housed in several medieval palaces, each boasting its own particular cultural and historic importance. The museum is open every day except Mondays, and on some days free English speaking tours are offered along with the entry fee of € 11.
Savour the gastronomic delights at Euskal Etxea
As fate would have it, this cultural institution (of the epicurean kind) is located right down the road from The Picasso Museum. How lucky can one get!