Typical street in BarcelonetaBarcelona has ten districts. Barceloneta is the smallest district and forms a triangle between the Port Vell, the old port and the Platja de Barceloneta. North of the zoo is the limit of this district. Barceloneta is an old fishermen’s neighborhood located next to the beach and port and is an only 15 minute walk to the centre. It is a typical Spanish area that has retained almost all of its original style and charm. It is definitely an up and coming neighborhood but still needs some work.

The Barceloneta beach is the closest beach to the centre of Barcelona. This area is probably one of the favorite areas for the tourist visiting Barcelona for a cultural holiday but also wanting to hang out on the beach. Barceloneta beach gained status as the best urban beach in the World and total third best beach in the World, according the documentary film "Worlds Best Beaches" produced by Discovery Channel in 2005. It is especially very popular during the summer season.

 

Tourist attractions

The Barcelona Zoo is located in the City Park and is ranked among the top zoos in Barcelona. This zoo has over 400 different species of animals and over 7500 individual animals. The Barcelona aquarium is also located in Barceloneta near Port Vell. It has 35 aquariums which are home to 1000 animals representing 450 species. These aquariums have an 80 meter underwater tunnel. The aquarium is perfect for a family day activity.

The Barceloneta beach is quite crowded during the summer months and is everything but relaxing. Every 2 minutes, someone will come up to you and asks you to buy something. This can be a massage, Mojito, Shade, food or jewelry. For the more quiet beaches, you can walk along the seafront to the beaches Bogatell and Vila Olimpica.

Night life

In the area of Port Olímpic (Metro Ciutadella / Vila Olimpica) you will find a variety of bars, restaurants and dance clubs. Along the Mestral and Gregal wharfs you will find terraces and indoor dining rooms where you can taste real Mediterranean cooking and enjoy the nice views over the Olympic harbor. In the same area, you find one of the largest cinemas in Barcelona where many of the movies are played in their original language with Spanish subtitles.

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