Currently the Born is about the most fashionable district in town. The Born is part of the old town, right in the city centre and just 10 minutes walk from Plaça Catalunya or the Ramblas.
The Born is a very young area where you can find designers, artistic workshops and fashionable bars and restaurants. As part of the Ciutat Vella (Old Town) the Born is full of historical buildings some of which date back to medieval times. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar dates back to the 14th century and is in the Catalan Gothic style. It forms the perfect starting point to explore the quaint narrow winding streets that radiate out from it. These are also a perfect refuge from the heat of summer.
Among these same streets you will find the Picasso Museum on Calle Montcada. Although an Andalucian by birth, Picasso’s father moved his family to Barcelona and it was here he spent his formative years and trained as an artist. Montcada was once Barcelona’s most prestigious street and the home of its wealthiest medieval merchants. Today many interesting museums have been opened in these wonderful former medieval townhouses. As well as the Picasso Museum you will find the Textile Museum and the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (indigenous Latin American art and culture).
If you want a break from culture, nigthlife, shops, eating and drinking the Born also has the Ciutadella Park, built on the former site of the Ciutadella fortress, it houses a beautiful park with a zoo, boating lake and art nouveau design.
See our old town apartments section to book an apartment in the happening Born district.