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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Tapas and History of Barcelona Evening Tour, Barcelona, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Tapas and History of Barcelona Evening Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Discover Barcelona’s enchanting Gothic Quarter in a 2-in-1 food and history tour that combines delicious tastes at 3 tapas bars with an exploration of many of ...  Read more

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

From USD $123.95
Small-Group Barcelona Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour, Barcelona, Food Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Barcelona Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 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 $67.61
Barcelona Gothic to Modernism Bike Tour, Barcelona, Chocolate Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Barcelona Gothic to Modernism Bike Tour

This tour is perfect for lovers of art and architecture. A route through the history of the ancient and medieval Barcelona with its alleys, secrets, legends… ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.05
'The Cathedral of the Sea' Walking Book Tour in Barcelona, Barcelona, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 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 $17.53
Chocolate and Sweets Private Walking Tour of Barcelona, Barcelona, Literary, Art & Music Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Chocolate and Sweets Private Walking Tour of Barcelona

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: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.09
Barcelona Photography Tour, Barcelona, Chocolate Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Barcelona Photography Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 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 $60.09
Tapas and Wine Experience Small-Group Walking Tour, Barcelona, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Tapas and Wine Experience Small-Group Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 80 Reviews

On this 3-hour walking tour of Barcelona's El Born and Gothic Quarter neighborhoods, you may eat as much as you walk. Follow your local foodie guide as you ...  Read more

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

From USD $93.90
Mediterranean Cuisine Experience in Barcelona, Barcelona, Food Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Mediterranean Cuisine Experience in Barcelona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

During this 5 hours culinary tour, wander through Barcelona's Santa Catarina Market and choose fresh local ingredients like jamón ibérico, Manchego ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.67
Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Cooking Classes
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1643 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: Flexible

From USD $111.43
Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona, Barcelona, Skip-the-Line Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona

4.5 star rating: Recommended 123 Reviews

Enjoy a 2.5- to 3-hour interactive cooking experience with a local chef. Visit the La Boqueria market before preparing tapas, paella, and sangria. You will ...  Read more

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

From USD $40.06

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