Located in the north of Barcelona, this area of mainly cobbled streets is of unspeakable beauty. Combining modernity and antiquity, this former agricultural district of over 50,000 inhabitants has been completely transformed in recent years.
In the past, the district included many industrial areas that have developed thanks to industrial development and trade. Two different styles live in the district. The charm of the old, but also all the modern and innovative architecture that has given the district a new and fresh touch.
One of the biggest changes in the city was the arrival of the high-speed train. This new development has prompted the authorities to introduce new urban planning. But only a few parts of the district have really been transformed. There are still parts of the district that have remained intact. Go and see these typical villages of the city. You won’t be disappointed!
Things to do in Sant Andreu
- La Tropa: hamburgers, veggie, vegan, gluten free
- Marilyn Restaurant Cocteleria: tapas, seafood, meat, wine, cocktails
- Chez Lola: French cuisine, authentic, tasty quiches
- brunch it!: brunch, sandwiches, desserts, vegetarian, vegan
- El Burro Chilango Restaurant: Mexican, good atmosphere
- Carrer Gran de Sant Andreu
The well-known Carrer Gran de Sant Andreu is the main square of the Sant Andreu district. As soon as you arrive, you have the impression of being in a small, modernised village. Shopping streets, small shops, cafés, this lively area is a relaxing and dynamic place to stroll and shop. You are bound to fall in love with this street in the heart of the city.
- La Maquinista
With more than 200 shops, this covered shopping centre will satisfy you. You will find many clothes shops, restaurants and also a cinema. Less crowded than the shops in the city centre, it is the best way to treat yourself in a pleasant and relaxed place.
So, let’s treat ourselves and do some shopping?
- Plaça Mercadal
Plaça Mercadal is an architectural jewel in the neoclassical style. Built in the mid-19th century, this arcaded covered market is made up of numerous alleys, shopping streets and bars and restaurants. In this airy and welcoming space, you can enjoy the famous Sant Andreu covered market, which has been welcoming local residents for over 100 years. The first street vendors were present here. A stop not to be missed when visiting this district.
- Iglesia de Sant Andreu del Palomar
Located in the Plaça d’Orfila, the church of Sant Andreu del Palomar is one of the most outstanding buildings in the district. Dating from the Middle Ages, this parish church was formerly a Roman church. This neo-gothic monument is a perfect example of Catalan architecture. Inside you will find incredible frescoes and paintings depicting the life of the famous San Andre.
- Fabra i Coats
Dating from the 20th century, this former textile factory has now become an arts and cultural centre. Fabra I Coats hosts the annual MIRA Digital Arts Festival. In addition to the festival, you can also participate in numerous concerts, educational activities and meet many artists. A rich history that deserves to be known. Shall we go there?
- Pont de Bac de Roda
Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Pont de Bac de Roda bridge links the districts of Sant Andreu and Sant Martí. Winner of the wonderful FAD architecture prize in 1987, it was built for the 1992 Olympic Games with the aim of linking the two districts, which were previously separated by a railway line.
Apartments in San Andreu
This is another beautiful area where you can put your suitcases. Opt for this authentic, modern and typical Catalan district. A little out of town and very well connected by public transport, it is perfect if you want to enjoy a quiet stay.
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