L'Estel Ferit


German artist Rebecca Horn's elegant The Wounded Shooting Star sculpture was commissioned for the 1992 Olympics and commemorates the old-fashioned shacks that once lined the beach. Popularly known as els Cubs (The Cubes), it's the time-honoured seaside meeting place.

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1. Platja de Sant Miquel

0.14 MILES

Taking its name from the 18th-century church in nearby Barceloneta, this stretch of soft honey-gold sand fills with beachgoers when warm days arrive…

2. Casa de la Barceloneta


Devoted to the history and culture of the barri (with displays in Catalan), this tiny cultural centre occupies a brick-walled 1761 building that's a prime…

3. Homenatge a la Natació

0.23 MILES

Designed by Alfredo Lanz in 2004, this steel sculpture depicts various graceful if abstract poses of swimmers taking to the sea.

4. Església de Sant Miquel del Port

0.24 MILES

Dating from 1755, this sober baroque church was the first building completed in Barceloneta. Built low so that the cannon in the then Ciutadella fort…

5. Platja de la Barceloneta

0.25 MILES

Just east of its namesake neighbourhood, Barceloneta's main beach is a golden-brown strip of sand where, during warm months, pool-party promoters, mojito…

6. Telefèric del Port

0.32 MILES

First built for the 1929 Expo, this cable car strung across the harbour between La Barceloneta and Montjuïc provides an eagle-eye view of the city. The…

7. Platja de Sant Sebastià

0.33 MILES

At the far southern end of the beach fronting La Barceloneta, this is a handy stretch of white-gold sand for a bit of sun and surf action when you need a…

8. Fàbrica del Sol

0.36 MILES

A relic from the industrial era, this striking Modernista building with its red brick and yellow details today houses an environmental education centre,…