Address: El Born is a district of Barcelona located in the Ciutat Vella district, right next to the Gothic Quarter. It is bounded by the via Laietana on one side and the "Parque de la Ciudadela" on the other. You are, moreover, only a few steps away from the beaches of Barcelona!
El Born is very well served by public transportation in Barcelona:
Metro: The closest metro stations to El Born are Jaume I (L4) Barceloneta (L4) Urquinaona L4 and L1.
Bus: The nearest bus lines are V15, 45, 39, 51, 120 and H14.
Hop on Hop Off Bus: Museu d'Història de Catalunya (Museum of the History of Catalonia) stop near the Barceloneta metro station is also an option for visiting El Born
Train: The Estación de Francia station offers connections to other cities in Catalonia, especially on the coast.
Map of El Born
Famous for its cobblestone streets, El Born is a small village within the city. Very fashionable but also very authentic. Violin makers, master glassmakers, boot makers and trendy designers rub shoulders. Retired people play cards, young people chat by the fountains. A festive atmosphere especially in the evening. Don't hesitate to go into the dark alleys to breathe in the old Barcelona. Full of history, witness to the commercial prosperity of the 13th century, El Born (also known as La Ribera) forms with the Barrio Gótico the historic old town of Barcelona.
A tip: Lodging in El Born is a very good idea, you are in a very pleasant area both during the day and at night and it is very central to visit the whole city: Find your hotel in El Born
History of El Born
El Born developed around the church of Santa Maria del Mar. It was formed in sandy areas called Vilanova de la Mar from the 13th century. In medieval times, the Passeig del Born was the site of tournaments and jousts, hence its name, "born", meaning enclosure where jousts and tournaments between medieval knights were held. The district was initially inhabited by sailors, porters and dockers and laborers. It was not until the 13th century that merchants built more noble houses. El Born became part of the Barcelona city wall in 1438, when the wall was extended.
El Born today
El Born is one of the most charming and popular areas of Barcelona for tourists. A little less so for its inhabitants, who are constantly protesting against ever more invasive tourism. The cohabitation however works very well.
Here are a few points of interest that we particularly appreciate:
The Picasso Museum - A must-see in the neighborhood and in the city. Increasingly large, it now occupies several 13th century Gothic buildings. Great temporary exhibitions for the most visited museum by Catalans in Barcelona! The Santa Caterina market for its colorful architecture and the quality of its products. Without being a competitor of the Boqueria, it is to be discovered. The church of Santa Maria del Mar - considered one of the finest examples of Catalan Gothic architecture. The beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella, located just outside El Born. It is perfect for a walk or a picnic and is also home to the Barcelona Zoo.
Tourist route in El Born
More places to discover El Born.
>>Take advantage of our good addresses such as restaurantsand shops.This is also part of discovering a city.
"Palau de la Música Catalana" (Music Palace), is a concert hall designed by the architec Lluís Domènech i Montaner and opened in 1908.This building is the headquarters of "Orfeó Catala", a prestigious institution grounded in the year 1891 to support Catalan music and culture. This is why the decoration of the building shows some representations of the "quatre barres" (which is the Catalan coat of arms).
Inside the scene is a sculpture representing on one side the "Ride of Valkyries" and on the other side, the figure of Beethoven, sculpted by Pau Gargallo and Dídac Massana. The splendid central glass light on the roof was made by Rigalt and Granell. The façade is made of red brick and decorated with mosaics from Lluís Bru.
The Palau de la Música Catalana organizes daily guided tours of the Modernist Concert hall and, when available, Lluís Millet Hall and the Chamber Music Hall.
Santa Maria del Mar is a Gothic church from the XIV century, located at the seaside, was built as a private initiative on the wealth accrued from overseas ventures by the inhabitants of La Ribera. The stained glass windows of this basilica, dating from the 15th and 18th centuries, are very famous.
From the outside, Santa Maria gives an impression of massive severity that belies the interior. It is hemmed in by the narrow streets of the Ribera, making it difficult to obtain an overall impression, except from the Fossar de les Moreres and the Plaça de Santa Maria, both of them former burial grounds. The latter is dominated by the west end of the church with its rose window. Images of Saint Peter and Saint Paul occupy niches on either side of the west door, and the tympanum shows the Saviour flanked by Our Lady and Saint John. The north-west tower was completed in 1496, but its companion was not finished until 1902.
In contrast with the exterior, the interior gives an impression of light and spaciousness. It is of the basilica type, with its three aisles forming a single space with no transepts and no architectural boundary between nave and presbytery. The simple ribbed vault is supported on slender octagonal columns, and abundant daylight streams in through the tall clerestorey windows. The interior is almost devoid of imagery of the sort to be found in Barcelona's other large Gothic churches, the cathedral and Santa Maria del Pi, after the fire which occurred in 1936 during anticlerical disturbances. Amongst the most notable of the works destroyed at that time was the Baroque retable by Deodat Casanoves and Salvador Gurri.
Plaça de Santa Maria, 1 Opening hours :
Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 1.30pm and from 4.30pm to 8pm. Sunday and holidays from 10am to 1.30pm and from 4.30pm to 8pm Phone :
+34 933 102 390 Metro/Bus :
Metro: L4 Jaume I / Bus: 17, 19, 40, 45, 120
Mercat Santa Caterina (Market Holy Catherine) is the latest market built in Barcelona. Totally renovated in 2005 with brilliance by the architects Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT, is a little marvel located in the district of Ribera in Ciutat Vella. Beautiful architectural idea for this multicoloured ceramics roof having the shape of wave posed on an air structure of wood, which shelters all the stalls of the market. One finds there all the products of the producers of the area: fruits, vegetables, flowers but also fish, meat, pork-butchery including one or two stalls dedicated to Jabugo ham and finally a small supermarket “Caprado”.
A very good Tapas bar is located contrary to the main entrance and a restaurant “Cuines Santa-Catarina” of which we appreciate particularly the chart, next to the entry. In brief, the place worth a walk for its architecture, for shopping or to lunch.
Francesc Cambó, 16 Opening hours :
Monday 7.30am to 2pm / Tuesday and Wednesday 7.30am to 3.30pm / Thursday and Friday from 7.30am to 8.30pm / Saturday from 7.30am to 3.30pm. Check for summer time opening hours Phone :
00 34 933 195 740 Metro/Bus :
Metro: L4 Jaume I / Bus:
El Born is a favorite area for lovers of Barcelona nightlife. Nowadays the Born is even more packed with bars, though it's nice that places like the Miramelindo are still there, largely unchanged. Is was also a site of the executions and witch burning in medieval times.
Do not miss it and walk along its narrow streets full of very fashionable stores and restaurants.
42 years after its closing Mercat del Born, the market of El Born, is back under the name of EL Born CC for El Born Centre Cultural. It is understood that El Born CC is not anymore a market but an Cultural Center which recalls a hard period of the history of Barcelona: TheWar of the Spanish Succession from 1701 to 1714. Period which marked forever the history of the Catalan Nation.
This building, today completely reinvented, offers under its splendid metal structure a sight on the archaeological vestiges of this time. One comes there to visit these vestiges, to see conferences or concerts, but also for its restaurant:"L'espai gastronòmic Moritz" and for its very interesting bookshop (llibreria-botiga).
Since its opening in 2013 the entire area has been transformed and you will appreciate to make a stop in the neighborhood before heading to the Picasso Museum or to the church Santa Maria del Mar, just around the corner.
Foto Colectania is the place of reference in Barcelona for lovers of contemporary and classic photography. The Foto Colectania Foundation is a non-profit organization, created in Barcelona in 2002, with the aim of spreading photography and making it known in the Spanish social, artistic, and educational spheres.
Foto Colectania is a great place to discover photography, it organizes exhibitions, conferences, and meetings. Its objective is to make known historical, unrecognized, and emerging photographers. The Foundation also has a library specialized in photography and a collection of photographs of more than 3,000 works by 80 Catalan, Spanish and Portuguese authors, which continues to grow through donations. The opportunity to discover incredible Catalan photographers such as Joan Colom, Ramón Masats, Oriol Maspons, Leopoldo Pomés, Joan Fontcuberta...
Since 2017 the foundation has moved to a new space, behind the Picasso Museum, opposite the Ciutadella Park. Each exhibition is a little gem that you should take the time to visit.
There is also an outstanding specialized bookstore open to all at the entrance of the place. Tickets on the spot.
C/ Passeig Picasso, 14 Opening hours :
Wednesday to Saturday: 11 am - 2.30 pm and 4 - 8 pm Sunday: 11 - 15 h - The foundation Foto Colectania is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays Phone :
+34 93 217 16 26 Metro/Bus :
Jaume I, Urquinaona
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a unique place in the world for discovering the artist's early works and his relationship to the city he loved so much.
Imagine in the Montcada street, Born district, five medieval palaces linked together to make a museum. We go up, we go down and we go up again. It's charming to visit and it's an immediate immersion in the atmosphere of the old Barcelona districts at the time of Picasso.
Born in 1881 in Malaga, Pablo Ruiz Picasso spent his entire youth in Spain. In 1891, his father was a teacher at the drawing school "La Coruna". At the age of 8, he already practiced drawing and painting. In 1895 the family moved to Barcelona, his father taught at the School of Llotja (the Lodge) named at the time: "Higher School of Arts, Industry and Fine Arts". Thanks to his father, Picasso, only 14 years old, can exceptionally pass the entrance exam. A true prodigy, he was immediately admitted.
The young Pablo is admitted to the Llotja School having performed in one day the subject of the examination for which candidates are usually given one month...
The school's teaching is very academic, Picasso very quickly and perfectly masters drawing and classical painting. Two years later, he competed at the Royal Academy of Madrid. Its success is as striking as in Barcelona. At 16, Picasso has reached the highest artistic level of the best art schools in Spain.
At the age of 19, he exhibited for the first time in Barcelona, in the artistic tavern of the "4 Gats" and left for Paris. But he will keep a deep attachment to this city where he will come back many times.
Picasso Museum Barcelona Visit
The Museum, which is also a foundation, is certainly the reference in terms of understanding Picasso's work during his formative years. More than 4200 works by the young painter are on display. It presents Picasso's most important collection of drawings, paintings and sculptures from his early days to his blue period.
The Permanent Collection
The museum was created in 1963 on the idea of poet Jaime Sabartés, friend and private secretary of Pablo Picasso, when he donated his collection of the master's canvases to the city. When Jaume Sabartés died in 1968, Picasso completed this collection by offering the Meninas series and the blue portrait of Sabartés to the museum in 1901. In 1970 he donated another 920 paintings. Jacqueline Roque, Picasso's last wife and muse, made two important donations to the museum in the 1980s: 40 ceramics and 117 engravings.
The collection has since been completed over the years by donations from private collectors and galleries and by acquisitions from the City of Barcelona, including many photographs.
The artist signed his first works Ruiz-Picasso before choosing P.R.-Picasso and then definitively Picasso in 1901!
The visit to the museum traces the artist's journey from 1890 to 1917 in chronological order. Among the emblematic paintings in this collection you will discover:
Self-portrait of Picasso in 1896, he was only 15 years old then!
The blue portrait of Jaume Sabartés (1901)
Room 13, dedicated to the Menins, is certainly the most remarkable of this museum.
A great admirer of Diego Velázquez's work, Picasso re-interpreted in 1957 the famous painting "Las Meninas" painted in 1656 in a series of 58 paintings.
The series - “Les Ménines, les Demoiselles d'honneur" - preserved in its entirety at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona is the only complete series by the artist that has remained in one place. This is a very extensive study that consists of 45 cubist interpretations of the work, 9 scenes of a dove, 3 landscapes, and a portrait of Jacqueline.
Do not miss temporary exhibitions such as the one on "Picasso in Barcelona in 1917" and the only collection of vintage photographs of Picasso by Lucien Clergue, an acquisition of the museum in 2017.
Which ticket for your visit to the Picasso Museum Barcelona?
1-Picasso Museum Skip the line ticket
Book online and skip the queues at the local ticket counter.
Picasso Museum Barcelona ticket prices :
Adult permanent collection ticket: 12€
Permanent collection ticket under 18 years old: 0€
Senior permanent collection ticket (over 65 years old): 7€
Temporarily Exhibition ticket: 2€
Audioguide*: 5€ * Audioguide is available in the following languages: English, Catalan, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.
To Avoid waiting lines : we strongly advise you to choose date and time and to buy online your tickets.
3/ Skip the line ticket Picasso Museum + Tourist Bus one day.
A very ingenious and economical combined ticket that offers a whole day to discover the city on a sightseeing bus and priority access to Picasso Museum.
Convenient because the bus (red route) drops you off near the Picasso Museum ! + Enjoy the 3 roads and 45 stops in front of the main landmarks of the city. You get on and off the bus as often as you want, at your own pace.
Economical and time saving Picasso Museum line-cut ticket + Tourist Bus one day includes:
Access to the three routes of the official tourist bus service and its free audio guide, during a whole day.
You can get on and off at the 45 stops located near the city's most visited tourist attractions.
An audio guide (in English or 15 other languages) and headphones available onboard the bus..
A map and guide of the city, available in different languages.
Picasso Museum skip the line ticket prices + Tourist Bus one day:
Price for adults: 42€
Price for accompanied children from 13 to 17 years old: 28€
Price for accompanied children from 4 to 12 years old: 16€
Price for accompanied children from 0 to 3 years old: free
Discover the 3 Geniuses of Barcelona! Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso and Josep Puig I Cadafalch. A combination of the best architecture and art MUSEUM in the city.
In a single purchase enjoy:
Skip the line tickets for the Picasso Museum
Skip the line tickets for one of the best works of Gaudi: Casa Vicens
Skip the line tickets for an architectural icon in Barcelona: Casa de les Punxes
Good to know:
Casa Vicens & Casa de les Punxes are open tickets. For this pass you only need to know the date and time of your visit to the Picasso Museum. This will be the only information you will be asked for when you purchase your ticket.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 7pm. Thursdays until 9:30 pm.
Closed every Monday and the following public holidays: January 1, May 1, June 24 and December 25. On December 24 and 31, the museum closes at 2pm.
Where is the Picasso Museum located?
The Picasso Museum is located in Montcada Street 15-23. The entrance is at N°17. The nearest metro station is Jaume I on line 4. All you have to do is get off at Carrer de la Princesa in front of the metro and then turn right to find Montcada.
Best time to visit Picasso Museum?
The museum is a landmark attraction in Barcelona. We advise you to visit it as soon as it opens or two hours before it closes, that's how long it takes to visit it.
Free admission to the Picasso Barcelona Museum
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona offers free admission:
every Thursday afternoon from 6pm to 9.30pm
the first Sunday of every month from 9 am to 7 pm
and during the open days: February 12, May 18 and September 24
The Picasso Museum is equipped to accommodate people with reduced mobility. An elevator facilitates access to the exhibition and wheelchairs are available on request.
It is forbidden to take photographs even without flash of the works of art just as it is forbidden to use your mobile phone.
You will also enjoy the museum's bookstore and shop: an essential visit to buy postcards, souvenirs and books from your visit.
The FC Barcelona club offers you the opportunity to visit its mythical stadium. The Camp Nou tour begins with the locker room then you will follow the tunnel that leads to the stadium's lawn ... Chills guaranteed!
You can never think enough about the hop-on hop-off bus tour to discover a city! It is however an extraordinary and economic way to make a first connection with its main tourist attractions, without stress, at its own pace...
From the Sagrada Sagrada Família to the Parc Güell, we have selected for you the best tourist attractions of the Catalan capital and its region. Find and book online priority entrance tickets and guided tours with English speaking guides.
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a different time - cindia (27 Mar 2023 - 09:20)
Another era, another time... While visiting El Born, we travel not only in Spain but also in time...
a fantastic mixture of ages!
nice - natacha (15 Feb 2015 - 12:15)
Love this district, last time I found an hotel there and just went around by walking. It was perfect. You'll find great shops, bars and restaurants. A delight
el born is the best to visit - feld (23 Oct 2012 - 07:15)
el born is my favourite area in Barcelona.. beautiful
El Born by bike - maxicloclo (27 Jun 2012 - 10:15)
I went a few days in Barcelona and I rent a bike at BornBikeBarcelona, it's just next to the metro station Barceloneta, very usefull and it's a nice way to visit el Born and further if you want ! (They gave me good advises to visit ! =)
The Born route - Kristina K (21 May 2011 - 10:00)
On the way from the Palau de la Musica Catalana, you should get a glimpse at the Santa Caterina market. It is right on the way and the roof work is definitly worth the detour.