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El Born

El Born, Barcelona, 08003

The Basics

Located in a corner of the Old City (Ciutat Vella), El Born is a perfect place to skirt the crowded areas of the Gothic Quarter yet still experience the heart of Barcelona. Its narrow streets and historic squares are home to many sights, such as the Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso), Ciutadella Park (Parc de la Ciutadella), the Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana), and the medieval street Passeig del Born.

Most walking tours of Barcelona’s highlights that include El Born focus on the food, wine, arts, and hidden gems that are so prevalent here. You can pick a themed tour such as photography, Picasso, or flamenco; alternatively, cover more in less time with a bike or e-bike tour of the city.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

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Picasso with Hannah...
Debra_A, Mar 2020
Lonely Planet Experience: Picasso, El Born & Museum Tour in Barcelona
We were fortunate to have Hannah as our tour guide. We spent about 2 hours walking around the Gothic quarter before going into the Picasso museum. Hannah gave us lots of information and brought many of the highlights of Picasso to life. Hannah also gave us information about other artist in Barcelona that were important. Hannah was extremely easy to be with and with her being an artist, we really felt like we had an even better experience!
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Getting to Know Picasso
Sarah B, Oct 2019
Lonely Planet Experience: Picasso, El Born & Museum Tour in Barcelona
Fiorella our guide was exceptional in how she presented the works of Picasso . We started the tour at the Four Cats and went from there to learn about Picasso and his life. We ended up at the museum with much newly learned understanding of his paintings and the different periods of his painting styles. I felt so knowledgeable walking into the museum and recognizing the various paintings after hearing Fiorella's explanations.
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Great tour
BOB_C, Sep 2019
Lonely Planet Experience: Picasso, El Born & Museum Tour in Barcelona
Andrew was great ! Lots of knowledge. If you get him you won’t be disappointed as he took us to a few extra spots not on the tour.
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Vidya_K, Aug 2019
Lonely Planet Experience: Picasso, El Born & Museum Tour in Barcelona
Andrew was very good and the tour was quite interesting walking down the streets and learning about Picaso.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • El Born is a must for first-time visitors to Barcelona, foodies, and anyone who wants to get a taste of local life.

  • Book a skip-the-line-tour to avoid long waits at the popular Picasso Museum.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, as the best way to discover the treasures of El Born is on foot.

  • The fashionable Passeig del Born features shops, restaurants, cafés, and the 14th-century Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar (Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar).

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How to Get There

El Born lies within Barcelona’s Old City. The L4 metro line runs through El Born; get off at the Jaume I or Barceloneta station. If arriving by regional train, get off at the Estació de França train station, which is right in the thick of it all.

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When to Get There

El Born and Barcelona are very crowded in summer. The shoulder months of May, June, and September generally have good weather and fewer visitors. Winter is chilly but offers many crisp, clear days that are perfect for exploring the city with almost no tourists.

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Visit Barcelona Like a Local

If you have been to Barcelona before and want to see if from a unique perspective, or if you simply want to explore the city like a Barcelonian, make El Born your home away from home. With its proximity to the beach and the large Ciutadella Park, El Born has the perfect mix of relaxing outdoor spaces, tasty eateries, trendy shops, and hip hotels all within a 20-minute-walk radius.

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