Barceloneta is Barcelona’s traditional fishing and harbour district. Situated on a small sandy peninsula of land (ILLA DE MAIANS) reclaimed from the sea, it was built on from 1753 onwards.
Nowhere else in Barcelona better represents the close relationship between the city and sea than the Barceloneta district. It is now one of the city’s most popular areas for locals and visitors alike, with its beaches and a whole host of restaurants and leisure attractions.
Barceloneta’s beach is the former site of the popular bars, known as xiringuitos, serving paellas and seafood, which were run by colourful local characters and were one of Barcelona’s main tourist attractions between the 1960s and 1980s. Following building work for the 1992 Olympics the area underwent a complete transformation, and these unique restaurants were demolished.