With it's historic and cultural traditions going back hundreds of years El Born, the Height of Barcelona, offers many sites of interest to the culture lover.
Of course merely walking the streets rich in history such as the Passeig del Born is itself an amazing cultural experience. And the nightlife and bar scene is a form of modern culture. But for the more traditional experience don't miss the many small art galleries in the district.
Start perhaps with Maeght Gallery, C/Montcada 25, which is a branch of the famed Parisian gallery and holds shows of Spanish artists as well as those from around the globe. Housed in a fabulous Renaissance Palace it's plain interior highlights the works on show.
Then venture to Picasso Museum to see what the great man was doing before he became famed for his abstract work.
Finally touch on the cultural inheritance that Spain owes to Latin America with the Museum of pre-Columbian artifacts just next door to the Picasso Museum.
To the north along C. del Palau de la Música, 2 is the Palau de la Música Catalana, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, which not only showcases great Catalan music but also international music. The magnificent architecture is viewable in daily tours, which you should book in advance via their web site.