What to see in Barcelona: Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera

Plaça de Sant Agustí Vell en Sant Pere, Santa Caterina y La Ribera

Shopping, fashion, drinks, noise, silence, history. All this and more awaits you in the neighborhood of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera: modern and ancient, labor and chic, contradictory and inconsistent. Like life itself. Do you want to discover all the secrets hidden in the streets?

Surrounded by busy neighborhoods like Gothic, Born or  Eixample, the district of Sant Pere stands out for its quietness: neighbors walk calmly for its winding streets, but if you pay a little more attention you will see that this peace is only apparent: the neighborhood is bustling with shops of all kinds, from artisan workshops to some of the most modern bars in town.

Fachada del Palau de la Música Catalana en Sant Pere

Palau de la Música (Autor: MARIA ROSA FERRE / photo on flickr)

This area consisted of two neighborhoods, Sant Pere and Santa Caterina, with a strong industrial past associated with the textile industry that remains today as hundreds of small shops. The growth of the city made these neighborhoods with medieval origin to join La Ribera, a fishing village, and that all end up becoming the cozy neighborhood that we enjoy today.

Another major attraction of the neighborhood, beyond the shops you find here and there, is the parc de la Ciutadella: 17 acres for walking or cycling in which to relax in the shade of lush vegetation. You will also find various monuments as La Cascada, in whose creation was involved a very young Gaudí.

Cascada del Parque de la Ciutadella en Sant Pere, Santa Caterina y La Ribera

La cascada in the Ciutadella park

You will also enjoy all the works that were carried out due to the celebration of the Universal Exhibition of 1888: the Castle of the Three Dragons, the umbráculo or hibernaculum, for example. Its design will surprise you, for sure! Oh, and do not forget to check out the zoo: also located in this park.

It is very easy to get there by public transport, because there are many bus lines nearby and several metro stations: Ciutadella, Jaume I or Barceloneta, for example. And it is very easy to get there walking from other central areas such as Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. Yes, we do not recommend you to take the car.

Colorido Mercado de Santa Caterina

Santa Caterina Market (Autor: trilanes / photo on flickr)

If you want a place to walk around and see how tradition and future merge, Sant Pere and Santa Caterina awaits you.

Here, every place has a story and every second offers a new show: the vintage is mixed with the latest trends, small cafes lifelong confused with the inn restaurants and the atmosphere becomes more and more intense with each step .Delving into
Sant Pere is an adventure! Do you dare?

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Photo credit: inno sense / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

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