Some Barcelona neighbourhoods are well-known for tourists: the Gothic Quarter, La Barceloneta, El Born, Gràcia, El Raval, Eixample… They contain some of the top attractions, and for this reason they have become the most famous areas of the city. However, there are some genuine neighbourhoods where crowds are not common, and where locals are the only ones walking along streets. If you want to experience a real taste of Barcelona, you should visit them.
Poblenou is a diverse area: for its urban planning, architecture, activities… It was one of the main industrial parts of the city, but after the 60s, it started to decline. The industrial buildings changed gradually to residential areas and offices, and the regeneration culminated in 1992 (the year of Olympic Games), when the 22@ plan started to be real. We specially recommend the old part of the district, around La Rambla. You can stroll down to the beach or take a drink in some terrace, but you can be sure everything you will see will be authentic.
- Les Corts
The words “Les Corts” are well-known for tourists because there is an underground station with this name near Camp Nou (F.C. Barcelona stadium). Anyway, Les Corts is one of the ten districts of Barcelona, in the western part of the city, and it includes three neighbourhoods: Les Corts, Pedralbes and La Maternitat i Sant Ramon. As well as Camp Nou, in this area you can find a lot of attractions: the streets and squares of the old town of Les Corts (added to Barcelona in 1897), the Museu-Monestir de Pedralbes complex, La Maternitat and its gardens, etc.
- Nou Barris
Nou Barris was built by the incomers from all over Spain who came to Barcelona to work during the 20th century. It is the northernmost district of the city, and the highest one, so it offers beautiful views of the city and its surrounding area. The Mirador de Torre Baró shows a different perspective of the working-class districts of Barcelona, while the Parc del Turó de la Peira is a perfect place from where to see 360º views of the city.
- Horta – Guinardó
Horta was documented for the first time in 965, and it was an independent village since 1904, when it was added to Barcelona. However, it was a mainly rural area that finally developed during the 1950s and 1960s, when people from all over Spain came to Barcelona in search of work. Nowadays we can still find some houses of the old town, with their lavoirs or sinks, where ladies washed clothes years ago. Another main attractions of this district are Parc del Laberint, a labyrinth park and a beautiful garden, or Mirador del Turó de la Rovira, a lookout point that offers fantastic views of the city. Mistos (Matches), a big and colored sculpture, is the other main attraction of this area since the Olympic period.
- Sants – Hostafrancs
Sants is the most important area of the Sants – Montjuïc district. The old town grow quickly after the arrival of textile factories and shops, during the 19th century, and was annexed by Barcelona in 1897. We recommend visiting the old streets and squares of Sants and Hostafrancs, and the traditional markets. And the Parc de l’Espanya Industrial, a perfect place for a family picnic far from the city crowd.
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