Passeig del Born

La Ribera

Framed by the majestic Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar and the former Mercat del Born, leafy Passeig del Born was Barcelona's main playground from the 13th to 18th centuries. It’s a place in which to sit as much as to promenade, and it’s here in this graceful setting beneath the trees that El Born’s essential appeal is obvious – thronging people, brilliant bars and architecture from a medieval film set.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby La Ribera attractions

1. El Fossar de les Moreres

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Opposite the Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar's eastern flank, an eternal flame burns brightly over a steel arch and an apparently anonymous sunken square:…

2. Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

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At the southwestern end of Passeig del Born stands Barcelona’s finest Catalan Gothic church, Santa Maria del Mar (Our Lady of the Sea). Begun in 1329,…

3. Carrer de Montcada

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Today running between the Romanesque Capella d'en Marcús and Passeig del Born, this medieval high street (an early example of town planning) was driven…

4. Museu de Cultures del Món

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Opening through a grand courtyard overlooked by an 18th-century staircase, the medieval Palau Nadal and the Palau Marquès de Llió host Barcelona's world…

5. Museu Picasso

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Located along the grand, medieval street of Carrer de Montcada, the Museu Picasso is dedicated to one of the world’s greatest artists, Pablo Picasso. Born…

6. Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria

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Launched in 2013 as part of the events held for the tercentenary of the Catalan defeat in the War of the Spanish Succession, this cultural space is housed…

7. Museu Europeu d’Art Modern

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Unravelling across three floors and a hushed courtyard within the handsome 18th-century Palau Gomis, around the corner from the Museu Picasso, this…

8. Capella d'en Marcús

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Standing at the northern end of Carrer de Montcada, on the corner of Carrer dels Corders, this much-meddled-with Romanesque chapel was once a wayfarers’…