BORN MONTCADA 2
Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 10
With an appearance and location to inspire your imagination, this fantastic apartment, beautifully restored, in the historic “El Born” district, is perfect for a Barcelona escape.
This is not a conventional apartment; it is a spacious home where many Barcelona residents would like to live.
The day and night areas are completely separated.
The medieval stone and exposed beams are combined with a soft, primordial hues and eye-catching touches of colour on the delicate designer furniture and interesting works of art.
With a balcony overlooking the street and the side of the Picasso Museum, which displays some of the most famous masterpieces of the world-famous Malaga born artist, the Born Montcada 2 apartment offers a genuine Barcelona experience.
There are two sofa beds, glass coffee table, audiovisual equipment and access to the balcony.
The dining room has a large table with seating for eight diners.
There is a free, unlimited WI-FI internet connection. Audiovisual equipment includes TV, music equipment and DVD.
Bedrooms and bathroom
There are three bedrooms; each one with a double bed, bedside tables and lamps and a small balcony overlooking the street. One of the bedrooms has a wardrobe.
In the living room, the sofas convert to two double beds.
There are two bathrooms.
The first has a bath with shower, washbasin, bidet, toilet and the second has a shower cabin, washbasin and toilet.
The kitchen is fully equipped with cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, gas cooker and oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker, blender.
This apartment also includes:?Central heating, electric heater in the bathroom, electric fan, A/C in each room, intercom, washing machine, dishwasher, iron, hairdryer, bed linen and towels, TV/CD/DVD, free WI-FI internet connection, telephone line available and baby cot.
There is a free baggage minding service if your flight departure is much later than the apartment departure time. Of course, Mark will be at your service for any advice or anything else you may need at any time.
Barcelona, El Born
Despite humble beginnings as a settlement built on top of a medieval area of jousts and celebrations El Born has grown into being one of the most fashionable places in the city.
Every day the cafes are packed and at night people move along to Passeig de Born, which according to locals was the site of the jousts, to sample the many bars, all of which serve up a mean mojito. Also on Passeig de Born there is claimed to be the best pizza place in Barcelona, and at €1.50 a slice you can't complain.
Nevertheless El Born isn't just about the nightlife, there is plenty of culture to be had as well. It can be seen that Calle Montcada was also a medieval street, which is now home to the Picasso museum and the Textile Museum which has a great little café with a terrace attached to it. The textile museum is located here because in Born's early days it was home to the textile guilds of Barcelona. There is also a beautiful cathedral which you can wander around in, sometimes even when there is a wedding going on!
Nowadays people are attracted to Born for the shopping which consists of some beautiful but pricey boutiques and shoe shops which are great to find that one-off piece. Some of the trendiest shops around such as Brazilian company Colcci have chosen Born as their home.
El Born is sandwiched between Via Laietana and Barceloneta and is served by the metro stops Barceloneta and Jaume 1 which are on the same line. Las Ramblas and the very centre of the city are a pleasant 10 minute walk away.
The beach is also just a 10 minute walk away so you can have both a beach holiday and a city break in one. Plus you are quite close to the Parc Ciutadella which is a relaxing place to sit in the afternoon and watch the hippies play their bongos. The Barcelona zoo is also located in Parc Ciutadella.
The heart of the district is undoubtedly the picturesque Passeig del Born 'square' (in fact it's an oblong). Once the site of medieval jousting competitions, nowadays this tree-lined street is a nightlife hub which comes alive with hip 20-something locals from the early evening onwards eating crepes, nibbling on tapas and imbibing beers and cocktails in the area's abundance of natty little bars. On warm nights many folk will purchase cans of beer from plastic-bag wielding Pakistanis and drink for cheap on the benches and pavement, giving the place a Bohemian and laidback street party vibe.
At one end of the Passeig Del Born (known as the Paseo del Born in Spanish) rises the district's most famous building, the wonderful Santa Maria del Mar church, instantly recognisable by its octagonal towers and large rose-shaped stained glass window. At the foot of this Gothic great you'll find a smaller square, offering one of the most picturesque places to lunch al fresco in the whole of Barcelona... if you can grab a seat at the in-demand cafes.
Other than the joys of medieval architecture, and the aforementioned Picasso Museum (another Barcelona highlight, and one that reveals sides of the great artist many visitors won't be familiar with), El Born is characterised by its little treasures. This fashionable district is the place where you'll chance upon innovative boutique shops selling recycled bags, champagne bars serving up first class Cava (El Xampanyet is something of a legendary stop-off in Barcelona!), or discover the joys of Lomo photography. Other treasures include the Chocolate Museum, the ever-popular Cal Pep restaurant, and - if you're liberal with your estimation of Born's boundaries - the amazing Palace of Catalan Music.
As you can see El Born is perfect for families as well as tourists. Noise could sometimes be a problem depending on where you are but it's not as bad as in the very centre of town. It is a picturesque and cultural part of the city with a vibrant café culture and bar scene.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Barceloneta beach 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: el Prat Airport 14 km, Nearest railway: Estació de França 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Bicycles available|
The apartment is located in the historic “El Born” district; the preferred residential area for most Barcelonans.
El Born is without doubt the most charming district in Barcelona with hidden corners of captivating, pleasant surprises to be discovered. From its small alleyways, along its majestic Rambla (pedestrian street) and the Ciutadella Park, to the beautiful Santa Caterina market or the solemn Santa María del Mar cathedral, El Born will make an impression on you.
Numerous museums are now housed in prominent mansions in the area, including the Textile and Costume Museum, the Barbier-Müller pre-Columbian Art Museum and the famous Picasso Museum.?
Today, el Born is the most fashionable district in Barcelona, while one of its biggest attractions, its medieval structure, is still almost completely intact. It has a great variety of culture and leisure activities , with the best designer bars and restaurants, exclusive boutiques, museums, galleries, theatres and much more.
El Born is located between the Barceloneta district and the Via Laietana street. Its main arterial road is the famous Paseo del Born, a charming avenue lined with restaurants, bars and shops at the head of which is the district’s treasure, the Santa María del Mar gothic church.?
The port and the beaches are a five minute walk away, 10 minutes to Las Ramblas and 15 minutes to Plaza Catalunya.?
Nearest metro station: Jaume I (L4, yellow line).
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