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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Early Picasso Museum and Gothic Quarter Tour with Breakfast at Born's Old Market, Barcelona, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Early Picasso Museum and Gothic Quarter Tour with Breakfast at Born's Old Market

This walking tour will take you to discover the history of Barcelona, from the Roman era to the medieval period up to the 20th century, by the hand of the ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

From USD $35.91
Highlights and Hidden Gems Private Tour Barcelona, Barcelona, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Highlights and Hidden Gems Private Tour Barcelona

So you would love to see the main highlights of Barcelona, but also really want to avoid the tourist hassle? This is your chance to discover the city’s most ...  Read more

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

From USD $14.37
Small-Group Barcelona Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour, Barcelona, Private Sightseeing 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 $64.64
Chocolate and Sweets Private Walking Tour of Barcelona, Barcelona, Chocolate 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 $52.67
Barcelona's Must-Do Private Family Tour, Barcelona, Chocolate Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Barcelona's Must-Do Private Family Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Explore the best spots around the city with your private local guide! Get tips to make the trip more fun for your kids, what to visit and where to eat! Along ...  Read more

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

From USD $14.37
Private Street Art Bike Tour in Barcelona, Barcelona, Kid Friendly Tours & Activities
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Street Art Bike Tour in Barcelona

Peddle off the beaten track and discover the hidden corners of this beautiful city. Admire vibrant graffitis, discover city's most street artist from your ...  Read more

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

From USD $16.76
Barcelona Gothic to Modernism Bike Tour, Barcelona, Bike & Mountain Bike 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 $28.73
Tapas and History of Barcelona Evening Tour, Barcelona, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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 $118.51
Barcelona Old City Tour for Kids and Families with Churros Stop, Barcelona, Food Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Barcelona Old City Tour for Kids and Families with Churros Stop

Enjoy a 3 hour tour in the heart of the old Barcelona with your children! Our kids friendly guide will engage the whole family with great stories, activities ...  Read more

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

From USD $46.69
'The Cathedral of the Sea' Walking Book Tour in Barcelona, Barcelona, Kid Friendly 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 $16.76

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