This neighbourhood used to be a town of its own. It had a huge boom when it became an industrial area specialised in textile industry. Due to Barcelona’s rapid expansion, it soon became part of the city. However, it is known for still preserving a feel of community and its local traditions. It has all facilities you may need for your everyday life. It is by far the best choice for those who intend to travel non-stop during their exchange.
Sants: A well-connected district
Sants is mainly a residential area with very few touristy attractions, but it is very easy to get anywhere you want. Within 10-20 minutes’ walk, you can reach Plaza España, Montjuïc Mountain, Fira Barcelona (one of the most important and active fairgrounds in Europe), Poble Espanyol (an open-air museum resembling a typical Spanish village), and L’Illa Diagonal (a trendy shopping mall).
Skaters in Sants
You may already know this, but Barcelona is considered one of the best cities for skateboarding. Sants is a particularly popular neighbourhood for skaters due to its many concrete squares and wide open spaces. Three hotspots to skate in Sants are Parc de l’Espanya Industrial, Plaça de Sants and Parc de Joan Miró.
Getting around Sants
Sants Estació (Barcelona’s main train station) is located in the middle of this neighbourhood. It has high speed trains (AVE Renfe) that can take you to Madrid and other important Spanish cities in just a few hours! Additionally, it also has direct trains from and to the airport as well as regional trains (Rodalies Renfe). It is well connected to the rest of the city by metro lines (L1, L3 and L5), bus lines and trains, some of which run also at night. It is about 10 minutes away from Las Ramblas by metro and about 20-25 minutes away from the airport. Could it be any more convenient to travellers and Barcelona newbies?
Fact sheet: Sants
One place to eat: La Paradeta. Are you a seafood fan? Then you must check out this restaurant chain. There can be a bit of a queue outside, but its fresh and food is definitely worth it! Try out their amazing sauces while you’re at it! You will be surprised by the price!
Address: Carrer Riego, 27
One place to drink: El Racó de Sants. This friendly tavern offers a wide range of imported beer! Perfect for those of you who miss your home brand and want to share some tapas with your friends!
Address: Carrer del Guadiana, 6
One place to study: Biblioteca Vapor Vell. This library used to be an old textile factory back in the 19th century. It is one of the buildings that was assigned a new use in order to preserve its historic importance. Besides reading clubs, the usual reference books and Wi-Fi, it also offers presentations, workshops, and a vast collection of modern music.
Address: Passatge Vapor Vell, 1
One place to see: A Barça game at Camp Nou (FC Barcelona Stadium). Even if you are not a big fan of football, you cannot miss the opportunity to watch a live game at the blue and scarlet FC Barcelona stadium. If I were to pick a particularly popular game, I would go when Barça plays against Real Madrid FC (a.k.a. El Clásico). Simply AMAZING!!
Address: Carrer Arístides Mallol 12 (main Access 15) and Av. De Joan XVIII (Boulevard Access 9).
One thing to do: Sants Festival (Festa Major de Sants). Every August, residents’ associations in Sants adorn their streets and squares to celebrate their neighbourhood. It is a time of festivities, traditions, giants, castellers (human towers), demons, habaneras, fairs and public feasts. You should drop by!
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