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El Born Quarter and Tapas Tasting Guided Tour in Barcelona
Ranked #23 of 700 things to do in Barcelona
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Owner description: Off-beat and fashionable neighborhood that features historic attractions, art galleries, funky shops, bars and tapas.
Leeds, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2014

On our wanderings around this great city, we decided to follow a one hour walk from our guidebook around this area. It was all very interesting and we saw some fascinating old buildings. Like the rest of this area of the city, it is hard to fathom the apparent acceptance of graffiti on buildings - it suggests a complete disrespect for the environment. However, just over half way round we were sidetracked by the El Born market hall. This old market hall fell into disuse years ago and has now become an exhibition space. The best bit of it is that they have excavated below the market to reveal parts of the old city streets and houses. The best bit is that they have linked this up with documents and accounts and can tell you who the merchants were and how the area evolved. It's free to go in and, if you want, you can pay to have a guide and go down into the old streets. However, the whole thing can be viewed from the market hall level and there are info boards in Spanish, Catalan and English all the way round. It's a bit like a glorified 'Time Team' episode!

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Andy M
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

We had not intended to visit this attaction but just stopped to see what all the crowds were gathering outside. There are guards all dressed up in traditional outfits and many exhibitions as well as a few shops and restaurants in the surrounding area. Well worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Lita D
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Cannes, France
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214 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“A different class”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

This place is as quite or as busy as you want it to be. Really lovely restaurants and shops and just a great vibe away from the tourist streets of Barcelona. So nice that we even managed to stay for a week without getting robbed!

Visited December 2013
1 Thank rougeradish
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“A nice part of the city”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Good shopping, good restaurants and a nice ambience in the street. Less tourists and more upmarket than other parts of the old city.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank greenrock7
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Arenys de Mar, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“El Boen Centre Cultural”
Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

A new cultural equipament in Barcelona. Under an ancient market you can visit the city rests from 1714. In this date Barcelona was destroyed by French army. You can see the rests free, but you have the option to visit the rests, the exhibitions, to partcipate at cultural events or to drink a Moritz beer at the bar.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Nribas
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