Barceloneta is all about the sea. It's about noisy seafood restaurants, pretty marinas, and old fishermen's houses. And sunbathing on the beach, of course, (though there are far better Beaches in Barcelona). Here are our top ten things to do in Barceloneta, Barcelona.
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Roy Lichtenstein's Barcelona Head sculpture leads you into the Port Vell marina. Treats to enjoy here include an IMAX theater, a wood-paneled submarine and the sight of hundred of yachts and catamarans - and even the occasional warship.
Ciutadella is a beautiful park right in the city center. Enjoy a book in the shade of a fig tree. Row a boat in the lake. Discover the sculptures by Gaudi, Llimona and other Catalan artists. And visit Domenech Montaner's modernist castle - the Castle of the Three Dragons - built for the 1888 Universal Exposition.
Absurdly cheap bottles of cava, greasy tapas and sandwiches served in this small bodega. It's so crammed in the late afternoon you'll find spillages inevitable.
A Port Vell warehouse has been transformed into one of Barcelona's most interesting museums, with exhibits interpreting 3000 years of Catalan history. Go on sunday or monday for a free guided tour.
Paella on Sunday
Sunday is paella day in Spain. Barceloneta is teeming with seafood restaurants, from the rather exclusive ones in front of Sant Sebastiá beach to the noisy, touristy restaurants on Joan de Borbò. If you're feeling adventurous try the black paella, which is tinted with squid ink.
Barceloneta Cable Car
For the best views over Barceloneta and the port, take the cable car. It connects across the port to Montjuic. Should the views make you hungry, there's a highly-rated restaurant at the top of the tower, called La Torre de Altamar.
Barcelona's Zoo is located in a corner of Ciutadella Park and is best accessed via its southwestern gate. It has over 400 different species on show, including hippos, tropical birds, giraffes, ant-eaters and some rather large cats. it's just under 15€ to get in, and just under 9€ for kids.
Gas Natural Tower
Finished in 2007 this Enric Miralles-designed tower is spectacular from every angle. Get up close to it, and you'll see how complex and daring the design really is. It's now one of Barceloneta's main landmarks.
If you like heaped plates of fried fish and jugs of sangria, try this noisy Argentinian joint just off Joan de Borbò. Expect a jostle for seats...and Bulgarian folk musicians.