• Francesc Eiximenis, a Catalan writer from the 14th century, said once 
  • that the sea gives the city great things: wealth to the merchants and 
  • ships; happiness to the eyes and the heart through the water. 

  • With this idea in mind, we stroll around the most dynamic neighbourhood 
  • in the old city, el Born, and talk about the relationship between Barcelona 
  • and the sea through the history, especially during the medieval times.
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  • How this concerned the people, from the poorest sailor to wealthiest 
  • merchant? What institutions were created? How the sea influenced the 
  • urban form?

  • From Montcada St and its urban patriciate, to la Ribera and its seamen. 
  • We will visit the old plaça del Born, the Rec Comtal canal and some 
  • of the symbols of the maritime Barcelona: the Sea Exchange (Llotja), 
  • Sta Maria del Mar and the harbour. We will remember the life during the 
  • dramatic siege of 1714 and we will finish in the new Born Centre Cultural. 

  • Meeting point
  • Plaça de l’Àngel, in the black benches.

  • Specifications
  • Historical buildings: only a visit to Santa Maria del Mar is included.
  • The route will take approximately 2 hours and.
Santa Maria del Mar Carrer Montcada Plaça de les Olles