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 615 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 $27.32

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 45 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 $125.22

Best Barcelona Electric Bike Tour with Tapas and Drinks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

Combine Barcelona sightseeing by electric bike with tapas and drinks on a 3-hour city tour, led by a local guide! Fun and safe, the bike has an electric motor ...  Read more

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

From USD $51.23

Barcelona Electric Bike Tour Including La Sagrada Familia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 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 $73.99

Stories and Legends of the Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

The Gothic Quarter is crammed with tiny, winding alleyways and streets, with quaint squares and diminutive parks, with centuries-old structures sitting next to ...  Read more

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

From USD $15.94

Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Tour including Sagrada Familia

4.5 star rating: Recommended 951 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 $101.31

Best Tapas Evening Walking Tour of Barcelona

4.5 star rating: Recommended 612 Reviews

Combine gourmet food and Catalan culture on a pre-dinner walking tour of Barcelona's famous tapas bars. It's a great way to begin your visit of Barcelona - not ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Varies (3 to 4 hours depending on chosen option)

From USD $67.16

Barcelona Photography Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Get creative with your camerawork on a 3.5-hour daytime photography tour of Barcelona. Taking in street art, landmarks and Antoni Gaudi architecture, the tour ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.23

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

4 star rating: Recommended 35 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 $89.93

Small-Group Barcelona Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 18 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 $55.78

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