La Barceloneta has lots to offer, let's take a look...   098Beaches and Sculpture One of the main attractions of coming to Barcelona is the fact that there is a beach in the city. In fact there are seven beaches stretching almost 5 km and the ones of La Barceloneta are the most popular. Packed with tourists in the summer, the beaches La Barceloneta and Sant Sebastià also have some great chiringuitos (beach bars) for a drink or a snack in between all the sunbathing and swimming. Taking a stroll along the Passeig Maritím is always a good idea and whilst you do why not stop to admire the sculptures along the way? L’Estel Ferit (The wounded shooting star) by Rebecca Horn is the first you’ll come across. There are various 097 interpretations of what this sculpture represents. Some say the cubes stacked on top of each other represent the run down beach bars which used to populate the beachesbefore being demolished in the early 1990’s. Others say they show the ‘quart de pis’ 30m2 apartments common in the neighbourhood which were built at the end of the 19th Century. The sculpture itself looks precariously balanced and serves as a link between past and present. Further down the beach you will find Frank Gehry’s Fish sculpture. This glimmering Fish sits looking over the Olympic port and Mediterranean Sea and has become one of the best known landmarks on the waterfront since its unveiling in 1992.   058Marina Port Vell and Museu d’història de Catalunya The Marina Port Vell is the perfect place to stroll along marvelling, and if you’re anything like me, wishing you had a yacht to really make the most of the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean. Currently undergoing a transformation, Marina Port Vell will, in the future, be able to offer berths for the most super of super yachts as well as other services such as more bars and restaurants and even a pool. For now let’s walk alongside and then visit the Museu d´Història de Catalunya (Catalan History Museum) which is housed in the former store houses of the old port, now known as the Palau del Mar. This museum tells us the entire history of Catalonia, from Paleolithic times right up to the present day and everything in between. After all the learning why not enjoy a relaxing drink on their roof terrace overlooking Marina Port Vell?   Casa de la Barceloneta del 1761 Locally known as the Casa del Porró, the Casa de la Barceloneta was one of the only buildings in La Barceloneta still as it was when it was built, unmodified. When the neighbourhood was originally developed all the houses had just two stories. As the population grew so did the buildings and storey after storey was added until we have the LaCasa_de_la_Barceloneta Barceloneta we know today. La Casa de la Barceloneta, however was one of the few buildings untouched by this trend and in 2009 work started on restoring the building to its original state. In 2011 the Casa de la Barceloneta opened its doors to the public. It is now not only the only example of the original buildings of the neighbourhood but also a Cultural Centre holding exhibitions about life in La Barceloneta.   Cable Car The cable car from the port to Montjuïc is not to be confused (as my sister once did) with the Teleferic de Monjuïc. This Cable car at the port takes you high over the waterfront and up to the hills which look over the city and the Mediterranean. Built originally for the 1929 Universal Exhibition to link different exhibit areas, it actually wasn’t finished until 1931. Closed during the Civil War, the cable car wasn’t reopened until 1963. With a journey time of 10 minutes and views over the city from a height of 70 metres the Cable Car is a great way to get a new perspective on Barcelona.052   Lorna      Barcelona, Spain, Catalonia, Barceloneta, travel, tourism, sightseeing, travel tips, beaches, history, guides