La Ribera Barcelona
La Ribera Barcelona (also known as El Born) is among the areas of the quarter of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera of Ciutat Vella (“the old city”) of Barcelona. Much of the beautiful gothic architecture in Barcelona can be found in the small neighbourhood of El Born, situated east of Ciutat Villa, on the other side of the busy street Via Laietana. El Born is known for its bohemian style with many cafes, restaurants and small design boutiques. In recent years, El Born has become one of the most fashionable neighbourhoods in Barcelona.
A number of the buildings date from late Medieval times. It was a well-to-do quarter throughout 13th – 15th centuries, when it actually was by the sea coast, and the area that today is called Barceloneta was still an island. Noteworthy structures are the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and the palaces along Carrer de Montcada, including the Museu Picasso, the Museu Barbier-Mueller d’Art Precolombí, and part of the Textile Museum. Another place of interest is the Fossar de les Moreres, the website of a mass grave of Catalan soldiers fallen during the siege of 1714, which ended with the fall of Barcelona and the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. Part of the quarter of La Ribera was destroyed after the War of the Spanish Succession to develop a military citadel to penalise the defeated city.
On the other side of the Cathedral we find Passeig del Born, a suitable place to stop for a Mojito given that the street is packed with cocktail-bars. El Born is only a 10-minute walk away from both Las Ramblas and the beach.
The lower area of the La Ribera Barcelona, simply below Carrer de la Princesa, and resulting in Barceloneta is referred to as El Born after the 19th century market on Carrer del Comerç that dominates the area. This is among the trendiest and most touristic districts in the old city. It is a popular location for expats and includes many art stores, bars and cafés.