Barceloneta Barcelona is an old fishing quarter built during the 19th century. This Barcelona neighbourhood has many charming houses, bars and open-air restaurants. The closeness to the beach is what gives Barceloneta Barcelona its pulse. During the summer period the beaches are crowded with both tourists and locals enjoying a swim under the hot sun. In the winter period, this neighbourhood quietens down and the local population, with its many winter swimmers, reclaims the area.
Along the beachfront you can find almost anything for sale. If you go looking for an ice cream or a beer you can easily end up with a bag, sunglasses or a scarf. Fish restaurants are everywhere and if you want to try the Spanish specialty Paella, you are definitely in the right place.
This community is far from lacking ancient history with its churches, like the Sant Miquel del Port located in the Barceloneta Plaza. This church lies near the beach campus of Pompeu Fabra University.
In close distance to the History Museum of Catalonia lives the Clock Tower. It was constructed in 1772 within the Fishermen’s Wharf and worked as the lighthouse port up until the mid 19th century. When the port was updated, the usage for the lighthouse became outdated.
La Llotja, another structure found in the Barceloneta community, is a neoclassical building with a Gothic interior integrated in the 14th century. Inside the 2 story building remains splendid examples of middle ages works and neoclassical sculptures. In 1775, la Llotja ended up being involved with the Real Academia, a school related to the commercial arts and other visual arts. At that time, the school was called la Escuela Gratuita de Diseño and was located on the highest floor of la Llotja. It was not till 1928 that it renamed itself the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Jorge, and in 1989 converted its name into: Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Saint George.
The Carmen Amaya Fountain is another historical landmark positioned within La Barceloneta Barcelona in 1959. It lies where Carrer Sant Carles joins the beach. It was built as homage for the popular flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya, who was born in a Gypsy settlement in Barceloneta in 1913. The water fountain itself depicts 2 guitar players and 3 flamenco dancers in the nude. It represents the uneasy past that Barceloneta withstood when it was populated by gypsies, fishermen, and complete of shacks. In the 1970s, the shacks were dismantled, but the memories did not disappear. It was practically soon forgotten after the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
Other popular attractions here include Barcelona Aquarium, Barceloneta Beach, IMAX and Barcelona Cable Car.
The area of Barceloneta Barcelona continues to be perceived as foreign to the city of which it is situated. However, the environment has altered dramatically, and with that, specifically in the summer season, for when the beach is most popular. From day to night, the beach of La Barceloneta is the most animated of all Barcelona. Barceloneta is home to a satisfied amount of small bars or clubs, where one can eat dinner or order a drink up until the wee hours of the early morning. Today, the cosmopolitan neighbourhood reaches its optimum home entertainment factor in the summertime.