Barca Layover - 48 Hours in El Born: Where To Stay, Eat, Shop & More
It took me a few trys to love Barcelona. On first visit, I did the requisite Sagrada Família thing. Check. Second time 'round, we did walk crowded, touristy Ramblas - the famous shopping street. Both visits were quick layovers, and in each case, the experience & the delight simply escaped me.
So when we decided to do a proper stretch of days in Barca, (that's the local/shorthand for the city), (pronounced Bar-SA not Bar-CA), we decided to dig in and research.
The neighborhood we settled on was El Born. Neighboring the Barri Gòtic (the Gothic quarter) which in turn neighbors Ramblas, this more local neighborhood, while still touristy like much of Barca today, is charming and full of older, darker, more winding streets and secret spots for the patient.
I always think of Bono's "Where the Streets Have No Name" when I think of this part of Barcelona - and share inside this guide all the tips for how I discovered the city, what we ate, saw and experienced.
To summarize our stay in El Born, the cover photo shows both the ambience of its backstreets and the stunning street art at every corner. I learned from a tag on Instagram that the street art shown is by Ibie (@poisonibie on Instagram). In El Born, street art is everywhere and there are so many photo moments!
Barca is not just worth a try - but also worth a repeat visit. Gracias! (Or, as they say in Catalan - gràcies!)