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A small corner of Barcelona's Cuitat Vella, or Old City, El Born lies just south of La Ribera, close to the city’s coastal ports. With its narrow streets and historic squares teeming with cafés, El Born is full of character and a perfect place to escape the bustle of the city’s more touristy areas.

The tree-lined Passeig del Born is at the heart of the district, casting off its origins as a medieval jousting arena in favor of a modern shopping and nightlife hub, presided over by the imposing façade of the gothic St Mary of the Sea Cathedral. A cosmopolitan blend of locals and tourists fill the square’s many tapas restaurants, cocktail lounges and chic wine bars during the evening hours, making it the perfect place to unwind after a day’s sightseeing or catch up with friends in some of the city’s most fashionable haunts.

El Born also houses some of the city’s key attractions, most significantly the Parc de la Ciutadella, or Ciutadella Park, a 74-acre park centered around the striking Catalan Parliament building and fronted by the impressive Arc de Triomf. Barcelona Zoo is also part of the park, home to around 7,500 animals including dolphins, orangutans and snow leopards. The streets also harbor a collection of fascinating museums including the Picasso museum, devoted to the iconic Spanish artist; the Textile Museum, which pays tribute to the area’s humble beginnings as a textile manufacturing site; the unique Mammoth museum; and a Chocolate Museum.

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Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 496 Reviews

There's no better way to see the sights and learn the history of Barcelona than by joining a bike tour! You get to have fun and socialize, have some exercise ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.80

Salvador Dali Museum, Figueres and Cadaques Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 374 Reviews

This is without doubt, one of the most complete Salvador Dalí tours available. Spend the morning at the unique Dalí Museum in Figueres and finish the ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $121.64

Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Private Tour including Sagrada Familia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

See the best of Barcelona on this private sightseeing tour, which offers a comprehensive view of this exquisite Catalan city and includes skip-the-line access ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.34

Barcelona Electric Bike Tour Including La Sagrada Familia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

See Barcelona with maximum fun and minimum effort on a 3-hour electric bike tour, led by a local guide! Safe and easy to ride, the bike has an electric motor ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.83

Barcelona Electric Bike Tour with Tapas and Drinks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Combine Barcelona sightseeing by electric bike with tapas and drinks on a 2.5-hour city tour, led by a local guide! Fun and safe, the bike has an electric ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.50

Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Tour including Sagrada Familia

4.5 star rating: Recommended 586 Reviews

Explore the beauty of Barcelona on this Best of Barcelona Tour, which offers a comprehensive view of this exquisite Catalan city, including a visit to La ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $107.97

Small-Group Barcelona Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Indulge your taste buds with this chocolate and sweets small-group walking tour in Barcelona! Learn about the important tradition of pastries and chocolate in ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.97

Private Salvador Dali Day Trip to Figueres and the Costa Brava from Barcelona

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

One of the most inclusive Salvador Dalí tours in Spain, this private day trip from Barcelona will introduce you to all things Dali in Figueres, his ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $150.34

Barcelona Shore Excursion: Best of Barcelona Small-Group Tour - Skip the Line at La Sagrada Familia

4 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

While you are in port in Barcelona, explore the best of this exquisite Catalan city on this shore excursion. This sightseeing tour includes skip-the-line ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $107.97

'The Cathedral of the Sea' Walking Book Tour in Barcelona

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore the city of Barcelona on this guided walking tour and relive the stories of the exciting novel ‘The Cathedral of the Sea’, by Ildefonso Falcones. Visit ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.13

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