You have finished your lunch or your dinner… and now?
This district has many winding alleys full of secluded spots where you can relax, rest, fall in love with the city or, who knows, with something or someone else.
There are many things to see, so put on comfortable shoes and start exploring incredible bars, craft shops – such as traditional shoe shops where shoes are hand-made as in the past -, exclusive designs from new and renowned fashion designers, artisan ice creams, the well-known tapas, magical tea rooms full of other countries scents… local businesses, very far from big stores, which are great exponents of the survival of many authentic things here in the Born.
The Passeig del Born
In this boulevard you can do many things. Maybe after a great meal, the most idle thing to do can be sitting on a bench and watch a great and exotic diversity of people having a walk… it is a quite funny activity, you can believe us.
You can also have a refreshing mojito or caipirinha in some of the most emblematic locals of this area; you cannot miss them, they are absolutely authentic.
If you prefer a great coffee or plant infusion, there are also many cafés where you can have them.
At the end -or the beginning of the boulevard, depending on how you look at it- you will find the former Born Market, a metal building which rises over the horizon. Initially a food market, it is being reconstructed at present to become a library.
The basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
No matter whether you are christian or not, the great church of Santa Maria del Mar is a very recommendable visit. Classified in 1923 as minor basilica by the pope Pius XI, the temple, a great example of Catalan gothic, was constructed from 1329 to 1382 and conceived by Berenguer de Montagut and Ramón Despuig; its origin is not totally documented or clarified, and some think that the church was constructed over an ancient Roman amphitheatre.
It is really worth to visit it. These are the opening hours:
from 9 am to 13.30 pm and 16.30 pm to 20.30 pm
from 10 am to 13.30 pm and 17.00 pm to 20.45 pm
However, the best is to check up to date schedules on the web site of the Archdiocese of Barcelona: Arzobispado de Barcelona
The Cathedral of Barcelona is only 15 minutes walk from the restaurant. If you have never seen it before, don’t miss it.
Around the cathedral there are many shops and stores. A short avenue will take you upwards, from the cathedral to Plaza Catalunya; there you will find many train, subway and bus lines, even airport shuttles. If you go to the opposite direction, i.e. from the cathedral to the sea, you will arrive to Plaza Sant Jaume, the political centre of the city.
If you still feel like wandering, don’t forget to go over Las Ramblas of Barcelona, they start at Plaza Catalunya.
The Fossar de les Moreres
The Fossar de les Moreres («Grave in the Mulberry field») is just opposite to our restaurant, at the right of the main façade of Santa Maria del Mar. There, there is a little square where a big arch arises with a burner on its top, a flaming torch never put out. The square was placed over a crave where the parishioners of the church were buried in ancient times; later this place has become a national symbol for Catalonia and on each September 11th the defenders of the city buried here are paid homage.
Picasso Museum is also very near to Petra restaurant. If you visit it, you will be able to appreciate the great work of this enormous artist who served as inspiration for many others.
In five minutes as well you can reach the Barcelona Zoo, with its Ciutadella Park, the Triumphal Arch… If you prefer the seaside, the Barceloneta is only 15 minutes walk, so… things to do after having had lunch or dinner you’ve got pleeeeenty of them! 😉
The ruins of the Born CCB
The recently open CCB – Born Cultural Centre is a real must during your stay in Barcelona. In this Centre are preserved rests of buildings which are part of the history of this city. If you want to know and admire how a part of the district was around 1700 -with over 1500 objects classified and catalogued and almost all of them permanently exhibited-, if you love history, or if you simply like this city definitely don’t miss it.
The Pablo Picasso Museum
A mandatory visit for art lovers, Picasso Museum is located on Montcada street, in the Palau Aguilar, only 5 minutes far from our restaurant in the Born.
In this exceptional museum you will be able to contemplate part of the work of this great artist from Malaga: early works, oil paintings, drawings and drafts… works compiled, among others, by a close friend and personal secretary of the artist, Jaume Sabartés, also one of the supporters of the museum.
To find out more (ticket prices, opening hours) please visit the official web site of the museum: http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/