El Born, cosmopolitan and open, offers all the ingredients to visit it; architecture, culture, gastronomy and leisure. There are many points of tourist interest: The Basilica of Sta. Mª del Mar, the old Borne market, the Picasso museum, etc. The design of its shops, restaurants and cocktail bars deserve a separate tour.
Our tour begins in Vía Layetana street next to the Jaume I metro stop. We will go down Argentería street until we reach the Basilica of Santa María del Mar (1329), a jewel of Catalan Gothic and a must-see. Next to the basilica, just where Paseo del Borne begins, we will find the splendid Montcada street, the backbone of the neighborhood’s Renaissance past, where numerous palaces have been preserved, several of them converted into museums such as the Berenguer d’Aguilar palace, home of the Picasso Museum . Right next to the Picasso museum is Calle Princesa, we recommend strolling through Calle Flassaders, Cirera and Mosques until you reach Paseo del Borne, where you will find the old Mercado del Borne and rest on one of its terraces.
Streets and trades:
Most of the names of its streets refer to their trades or guilds and here is a small sample. Agullers: Manufacture of fishing needles and tools. Canvis Vells: Merchants dedicated to currency exchange were installed here.
Caputxes: workshops that made hoods.
Esparto: Workshops that work and make pieces of esparto grass.
Espaseria: Workshops that made swords.
Flassaders: Artisans who were dedicated to making blankets. In this same street at number 2, is the Seca or coin factory, the first documents date back to 1441, we can see its royal coat of arms on the façade, here the first peseta of modern times was minted.
Formatgeria: This street is where the cheesemakers from outside Barcelona went to sell their cheeses.
Pl. de les Olles: Sale of pots and household utensils.
Sombrerers: Workshops for making hats, caps and barretinas.
Glassworks: Workshops where glass was made and worked.