What to see in Sarria

Sarria

Sarria is one of the areas belonging to the district of Sarria – Sant Gervasi and is noted for being one of the most prestigious areas of the city of Barcelona. Although it is known for being one of the greenest neighborhoods in the city, the truth is that this is not the only thing that makes it unique and worth visiting. What really makes this neighborhood a surprising and magical place is that still retains the essence and appearance of the town that once was. Sarria was the last town to annex to Barcelona, so got to be independent until 1921.

Being one of the closest to Collserola areas, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Sarria was one of the most used refuge by the Barcelona aristocracy from the epidemics that stalked citizens located within the walls. This led to the Catalan bourgeoisie began to take, with the passage of time, this population as one of his favorite places for summer and thus, a considerable number of towers and stately homes that are still standing were built. In this sense, if you have decided to travel to Barcelona and would like to visit Sarria but do not know where to start, a choice that leaves no one indifferent is to walk through the center of the neighborhood and discover the houses of the wealthy classes of time.

Main Street is the hub of the neighborhood, so it is a perfect starting point to delve into the various streets and discover stately homes. Besides the possibility of finding these spectacular buildings, Main Street (Carrer Major) also allows us to see another of the most visited areas of the neighborhood and loved by its inhabitants, the Plaza de Sarria. In this emblematic square of Barcelona you will find Can Llança  House and church of Sant Vicenç, neoclassical and built from 1781 by architect Josep Mas. Both the façade and the interior of the church is a genuine work of art that can not be missed.

Another point of interest in Sarria is its market. Sarrià Market is one of the oldest in Barcelona. After extensive renovation, the market has become one of the most diverse due to its modern interior that converge in perfect harmony with the facade and original structure.

Finally, you can not miss the opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of the neighborhood from the Mirador de Vallvidrera. It is on the road from Sarria to Vallvidrera and offers views of the neighborhood and the city of Barcelona.

 

Picture: Jorge Franganillo / photo on flickr

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