Barceloneta: where traditional and modern coexist

Published on 17th May 2017

When in 1714 Felipe V ordered the construction of the military citadel, the northern sector of La Ribera de Barcelona was shot down and hundreds of people were left homeless. With the conception of a military barrack, a new neighborhood was designed on land reclaimed from the sea, next to the old maritime jetty built in the 13th century.
Thus created a triangle that advances towards the sea, that seen from the air, looks like a bar code. Over the years the houses were expanding their height, and as families grew and new neighbors arrived, subdivided the properties, to create quarts of house, small houses of 25 m2 where they lived to live families for generations. Only a small house on Sant Carles Street, owned by the Town Hall, allows you to know what the original properties of the neighborhood were like.
Until well into the twentieth century the population of the neighborhood lived on the sea, whether as fishermen or stevedores. But since the maritime front was revolutionized with the arrival of the Olympic Games in 1992, and the Old Port underwent various reforms, the neighborhood became a new mecca of tourism. Y
Was transformed into a well-considered site by a greater amount of public (either local or foreign) who value a neighborhood that offers you live a few steps from the sea.
The Barceloneta continues to maintain its reputation as one of the recommended places to eat fish and seafood, although each time you find the authentic bars and restaurants with the rogue spirit that has characterized the neighborhood. Along the Juan de Borbón promenade, the physiognomy of shops and gastronomic establishments changes at full speed, and the silhouette of the Hotel W at the end of the promenade is the metaphor of how much time has changed in this small strip of Barcelona.

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