El Born

Encounter new galleries street by street in this mischievous artistic enclave.

El Born sports an artistic edge with ties to a noble past. Once a seaside property for medieval aristocracy, this neighborhood now hosts a thriving creative community. Dozens of small museums and galleries complement revered attractions like El Born's Museu Picasso. The area's artsiness comes with its fair share of innocuous antagonism for "the establishment," so be prepared for the unabashedly unpredictable when in the neighborhood.

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On the Map

El Born is within Sant Pere/Santa Caterina and Ciutat Vella and bordered by El Gòtic, el Fort Pienc, Glòries - El Parc, La Barceloneta, Dreta de l'Eixample, Eixample, and Sant Martí

El Prat Airport: 20 minutes by car without traffic or 50 minutes by public transit
Sants Station: 25 minutes by public transit
Plaça Catalunya: 15 minutes by public transit
Sagrada Família: 20 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Unapologetically Hip In El Born

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Passeig del Born invites endless exploration.

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Streets that weave away from the medieval buildings along El Born's main avenue hide designer shops, vintage stores, white-walled galleries, and specialty markets.

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El Born's crowded avenues leave no space for cars.

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Instead, the neighborhood lends itself to casual pedestrian pursuits.

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The end of El Born's main avenue is the beginning of beloved Barcelonan green space, Parc de la Ciutadella.

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El Born's park spaces attract locals and tourists alike.

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Celebrated for their lush greenery and open landscapes, the neighborhood's parks serve thinkers, dreamers, bikers, and picnickers.

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They give you space to think big.

On your doorstep you will find the Picasso museum, independent boutiques, art galleries, artists workshops...the Born area is known for plenty of trendy bars and restaurants."

Easy-Going In the Midst of Its Crowds

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El Born's central location and artsy atmosphere make it an ideal spot to meet, greet, and gather.

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The neighborhood displays its creative inclinations proudly.

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Colorful street art complements centuries-old architecture.

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There's no shortage of access or adventure when staying in el Born!"
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Contemporary Entertainment Among Medieval Monuments

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El Born is noticeably medieval in origin.

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Wander through its streets and you'll notice how it's grown up.

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From stone walls to hanging wall plants, this all-natural center-city neighborhood attracts history buffs, artists, and stylish youngsters.

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Whether you're looking to antique or to boutique, you'll find what you seek squeezed into El Born's narrow side streets.

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Liveliness never seems to leave the neighborhood.

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Nor does the affinity for getting lost amid its pedestrian pathways.

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A Day In El Born Never Ends: The Neighborhood Nightlife

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Activity in El Born never seems to cease.

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From daytime promenading to evening patronizing, the neighborhood's boutiques, cafes, and bars enjoy a constant influx of friendly customers.

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The noise, the light, the energy, El Born boasts it all.

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Embrace the spirit.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Susana Lopez

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Susana Lopez is a freelance photographer currently based in Barcelona. She travels wherever an interesting project takes her. Design and music are two of the corner stones of her life and she admits to feeling slightly frustrated that she didn’t become a rockstar. Photographing Barcelona for Neighborhoods made her fall in love with this amazing city all over again.

Lindsay Murphy

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Lindsay Murphy is a freelance photographer from Boston, Massachusetts. Her work mainly focuses on architecture, children, weddings, food and wine. As a new Barcelona resident, photographing Barcelona for Airbnb was the perfect way for her to quickly establish an intimate relationship with the city. She is currently photographing her way around Spain.

Filippo Poli

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Filippo Poli specializes in architecture and landscape photography. He collaborates with architecture offices in Spain and Italy, and is regularly published in the leading international architecture magazines. Shooting for Airbnb was a good excuse for him to take a critical tour of Barcelona's cityscape and its most representative neighborhoods. He hopes the photos will help travelers to begin their journey.