SEP 21,2016 - SEP 21,2016 (1 DAYS)
Main Attractions: Museu de la Xocolata, El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, Estació de França, Barceloneta Metro station, Plaça del Gas, Parc de la Barceloneta, Peix Olímpic sculpture of Frank Gehry, Mercat de Barceloneta, Barceloneta Metro station.
Start: Barceloneta Metro station (L4, the yellow line) or Museu de la Xocolata or Arc de Triomf. End: Barceloneta Metro station. Duration: 1/2 day. Weather: bright day please. Distance: 5 km.
Note: This 1/2 day route can be combined with the El Born itinerary. The El Born route ends in the Arc de Triomf (which is, formally, in Eixample district of Barcelona. This Barceloneta 1/2 route can be started in the Arc de Triomf (as extension/continuation of the El Born walk) or in any other place like: Museu de la Xocolata or in the Barceloneta Metro station.
You may start this itinerary in Barceloneta Metro station (see below).
In case you continue Tipter itinerary of El Born - ending at Arc de Triomf:
From the Arc de Triomf head southeast on Carrer de Roger de Flor toward Av. de Vilanova, 20 m. Turn right onto Av. de Vilanova, 100 m. Turn left toward Passeig de Lluís Companys, 120 m. Turn right onto Passeig de Lluís Companys, take the stairs, 140 m. Turn right onto Placeta del Comerç, 25 m. Continue onto Carrer del Comerç and after 280 m. - you'll see the Museu de la Xocolata, Carrer del Comerç, 36 on your right (smelling the chocolate flavor far earlier...). The Carrer del Comerç is shady and pleasant, during the hot days, only from 14.00.
The Museu de la Xocolata is a small museum. More suitable for children and sweet-dent people. A good option for cold and/or rainy days. Nice sculptures of chocolate. We don't think it is worthwhile the full admission price. Opening hours: Summer (15 JUN - 15 SEP): MON - SAT: 10.00 - 20.00, SUN and Holidays (June 24, August 15, September 11, September 24, October 12, November 1, December 6 and December 8): 10.00 - 15.00. Rest of the year: MON - SAT: 10.00 - 19.00, SUN and Holidays(June 24, August 15, September 11, September 24, October 12, November 1, December 6 and December 8): 10.00 - 15.00. The Chocolate Museum will be closed on 1 and 6 January, 25 and 26 December. Prices: Adult: €6, Students and Seniors: €5.10.
In case you continue your El Born itinerary and combine it with this Barceloneta route - you are, here, around the midday and looking for a good restaurant around. From the heavenly smelling Museu de la Xocolata - head south on Carrer del Comerç toward Plaça de Pons i Clerch, 60 m and turn left onto Carrer de la Princesa for 20 m. The Rincon de la Ciudadela restaurant, Carrer de la Princesa, 50 is on the right. With a menu of 10 euros/person - you'll get a hearty, filling, delicious and reasonably-priced lunch with quiet, pleasant atmosphere around.
250 m. from the Chocolate Museum - we return to our start point of the El Born itinerary - the El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria. From the Museu de la Xocolata - we head south on Carrer del Comerç toward Plaça de Pons i Clerch, 150 m. We turn right onto Carrer de la Fusina, 20 m. and turn left onto Plaça Comercial. The El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, Plaça Comercial, 12 is 80 m. further on the left (see: Tipter El Born blog).
From the El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria head southeast on Plaça Comercial toward Passeig del Born, 80 m. Turn left onto Carrer de la Ribera, 20 m. Turn right onto Carrer del Comerç, 90 m. Turn left onto Av. del Marquès de l'Argentera, 60 m. and Estació de França, with its ornate appearance, is on the right. Estació de França or in Spanish: Estación de Francia ("France Station") is one of the major railway stations in Barcelona. It is the second busiest railway station after Barcelona-Sants. It may lose this status, with the construction of Estació de la Sagrera, planned for completion at the end of 2017, that will concentrate most of the traffic. The railway station was first built in the 19th century as the main terminus for trains arriving from France (as its name still suggests), but also for services to North East Catalonia and the Costa Brava. In 1926, Barcelona was undergoing sweeping transformations and preparing itself for the 1929 International Exhibition. One of the projects was the Estació de França, designed by the engineer Andreu Muntaner and the architect Pedro Muguruza. The station was closed for renovation between from 1988 and 1992, reopening for the Olympic Games of 1992. The station's role as the terminus for international trains from and to France in 2013. The new high-speed daytime services to Paris, Toulouse, Lyons and Marseilles, all call at or terminate, nowadays, at Sants station. The station is often also used as backup terminal when parts of the railway network are undergoing maintenance. Despite its size and beauty, few trains run from the station today. The two monumental buildings that make up the station (the train shed and the lobby) were designed by the architect Pedro Muguruza and inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII. It is, undoubtly, the city's most beautiful station. It is worth seeing the Franca station with its decoration in marble, bronze and crystal, and Modernista and art déco (or Art Nouveau) motifs. There is a curved glass and metal canopy over the 12 tracks and seven platforms, a fine example of wrought-iron architecture, filling the train shed with natural light and creating a spacious area. An elegant clock keeps accurate time in the lobby. Part of the original building now belongs to Pompeu Fabra University, serving as its "França building":
Estació de França station cafeteria:
From Estació de França we head to the heart of Barceloneta quarter with a significant deal of walk (approx. 950 m.). From the Estació de França we head southwest on Av. del Marquès de l'Argentera toward Carrer del Comerç, 250 m. Turn left onto Pla de Palau, 190 m. On our right the Barceloneta Metro station. This is a good starting point for whatever itinerary there may be to adventure through La Barceloneta. The yellow line, L4, which is the metro line that stops at La Barceloneta, is the most popular for pickpocketing. Slight left onto Carrer del Dr. Aiguader, 120 m. Turn right to stay (the southern side of the avenue) on Carrer del Dr. Aiguader, 40 m. Turn left to stay on Carrer del Dr. Aiguader, 280 m. The Gas Natural Fenosa building (Edificio sede de Gas Natural), Plaça del Gas (with the giant symbol of butterfly), is on the right. Gas Natural Fenosa is the biggest gas company in Barcelona:
A strange, Modernista, Art-Deco tower (Torre de aguas de la antigua fábrica de gas) stands opposite the headquarters of the Fenosa Gas company. This water tower was built in 1905 in Modernista style architecture, designed by the engineer Claudi Gil Serra in 1868 and resides, actually in Parc de la Barceloneta.
Parc de la Barceloneta lies on the site of the former Catalana de Gas factory, which was pulled down in 1989. Parts of the factory have been preserved as a reminder of one of the industries Barceloneta specialized in during the 19th century: gas. This broad, green space, with paved paths, fluent with pine trees and extensive spaces of grass, spreads out beneath the Ronda del Litoral at the end of Barceloneta and serves as a communication link between the ring road and the beach. The park is organised into three large areas. The first, built around the remains of an old gas tank, is an open space that links Passeig Marítim to C/ Doctor Aiguader:
The second part consists of large slopes, separated by paved paths, and the third is the football pitch. We cross the park heading to the sea front. Here, stands a monument of Simon Bolivar designed by Julio (July) Maragall:
With our face to the sea and our back to the park - the left side is the south and the right side is the north. Walking further SOUTH (left) will bring us (1.7 km.) to the W Barcelona hotel (see: Tipter "Port Vell" blog). We take to nort side and turn right - walking, consistently, along the beach northward. It is a 450 m. (7-8 minutes) walk to the giant Peix Olímpic sculpture of Frank Gehry, Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas, 2. The sculpture faces the Plaça Charles Darwin. The sculpture had been installed In 1992 for the Barcelona Olympic games. Barcelona was transforming its seafront. A new Olympic Marina was built and shaped, Frank Gehry placed his fish sculpture between two towers: on one side stood the MAPFRE Tower; on the other was the Hotel Arts. The animal sculpture is 56 metres long and 35 metres high and seems to be longing to jump into the blue waters of Barcelona eastern beachfront. It is made of stone, steel, and glass. Its copper-colored shiny metal plates sparkle in the sunshine and make the sculpture a real eye catcher. The sculpture can be seen from several of Barcelona's beaches. The Canadian architect Frank Gehry was born in Toronto in 1932 and currently lives in Los Angeles. His best known works include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (Spain), the Dancing House in Prague, the NY By Gehry in New York City and The Experience Music Project in Seattle (USA). Gehry’s work is normally classed as “post modernist” or “Descronstructivism”:
We shall trace back our steps and RETURN SOUTHWARD along Passeig Maritim with our back to the Peix Olímpic sculpture. This picture has been taken from south to north:
We walk back from north to south approx. 850 m. - passing Carrer del Gas and Parc de la Barceloneta on our right and, the Mediterranean Sea waterfront on our left:
Then, turn right (south-west) onto Carrer d'Andrea Dòria (near the sign pointing to Mercat de Barceloneta). We enter, now, the heart of Barceloneta. Originally a fisherman’s quarter, this quaint area still ows a small village feel: laundry hanging over the narrow, dark streets, old ladies talking from their balconies and elder gentlemen playing
games on short wooden benches. This is the place to try some of the best and most authentic seafood. La Barceloneta is considered one of the best places to try fresh fish or Paella in Barcelona. A great selection of tapas are also offered off any menu. The most typical of the tapas of La Barceloneta would be called the "Bomba: a ball of potatoes filled with meat and the selection of spicy sauce.
We walk along Carrer d'Andrea Dòria passing Carrer de Soria (the 5th road on our left)
and Carrer de la Vila Joiosa (the 11th on our left):
In the end of Carrer d'Andrea Dòria, on your right, is Mercat de Barceloneta. It is a bit crazy busy but that can add to the fun. Amazing photo-ops - despite the crowds and the discomfort.
Turn right (north) to Carrer de l'Atlàntida. In the end of this road - you arrive to Carrer de la Maquinista. Turn LEFT (west) to this lovely road. Walk westward along Carrer de la Maquinista. The 3rd road on your right is Carrer de la Sal:
Walk along Carrer de la Maquinista until its wester end and turn RIGHT (north) to Passeig de Joan de Borbó (see: Tipter "Port Vell" blog). Walk northward 250 m. along Passeig de Joan de Borbó until it meets Carrer del Dr. Aiguader. In this intersection - you'll hit the Barceloneta Metro station.