What to see in Barcelona: Sant Andreu

Interior Bloc House in the neighborhood of Sant Andreu

Barcelona is a city of neighborhoods: each has its own personality and its own history that gives an authentic and original character to every corner of the streets. However, in some neighborhoods, this character is more marked: it is the case of Sant Andreu de Palomar, which was a separate municipality until the late nineteenth century.

Stroll along cobblestone streets between farmhouses and ancient trades, means look into a rural and industrial past that evokes labor struggles, trade unionism and claims. This is what gives to Sant Andreu a force that makes it unique. We invite you to discover through two different routes. Two inseparable sides of the same neighborhood: urban and natural.

  • Architectural route: The starting point can not be other than the Block House, a masterpiece of Catalan rationalism; then looking at Can Galta fireplace you remember the industrial past of the neighborhood. We invite you to follow modernist buildings Can Mazantini and Can Guardiola, the Mud tower and, finally, by the Rec Comtal, the medieval pipeline that supplied water to the city of Barcelona.
  • Green route: Here we find two unique spaces:  Pegaso park, which you can access from the street Sagrera, which once housed a truck factory (hence the name of the park) and now houses a green space; and on the other side the Trinitat park, that you’ll find just in the metro station Trinitat Vella: here you will discover a sports courts, a picnic area, urban gardens, a long channel … This is one of the last great Olympic works.

The history of this ancient town dating back to the end of s. X, which grew up around the Roman road (known as Cami Ral) full of planting farms and fields. The process of industrialization in the nineteenth made the population grew considerably, and at the end of the century Sant Andreu joined the Catalan capital. In the 70s its strong activist nature crystallized into a powerful neighborhood association that ended making many improvements to the neighborhood, aimed at getting more services and equipment to replace the old textile mills.

If you want to discover the most fighter side of Barcelona, you can not miss Sant Andreu, a small urban village that will surprise you with its attachment to its history and traditions.

 

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Photo credit: JR Fernández / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

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