Sants & Poble Sec: cheap areas off the tourist track
If you're fleeing from the hordes of tourists, and you're looking for an authentic quarter, then you will be happy to find yourself in Sants or Poble Sec.
Sants is home to innumerable little boutiques and Poble Sec has the the record for the most authentic tapas bars in Barcelona. What they have in common is their proximity to Montjuïc, a hill that brings together a great number of museums in a green oasis. However, these two areas have very different sides, that are in both cases well worth a look.
Sants is a lively area, bursting with reasonably-priced boutiques. It is also very well connected to the rest of the city, the airport and a whole range of regional and national destinations.
Sants in a few words…
Inexpensive, shopping, well-connected, near the station and Camp Nou.
- To do: visit the boutiques, and experience authentic neighbourhood life
- Nearest park: Parc de l’Espanya industrial
Little itinerary for Sants
Poble Sec does not feature in many tourist itineraries, which helps it retain some of its authenticity and its precious calm. In Poble Sec, people chat with their neighbours, sit on the terrace and watch people go by… in short, it’s a great place to live.
As it is very close to Montjuïc, one of Barcelona’s great green areas, Poble Sec is also known for its theatres and its low prices. For that matter,cheap tapas bar tours are often organised in this area, where you can get 1 tapa and 1 drink for 2 euros. Hard to resist!
Poble Sec in a few words…
Authentic, quiet during the day, lively at night, inexpensive.
- To do: sunbathe on a bench or enjoy a huge variety of tapas
- Nearest park: parc del mirador del Poble Sec
A little walk through Poble Sec
is literally a breath of fresh air in Barcelona: it is a gigantic green space where museums, parks, and sports areas dating from the 1992 Olympic Games, all exist together. There are no apartment buildings or houses there, which makes it a great place to come and get away from the busy city.
In Summer a big open air cinema is organised on the castle lawns.
- Montjuïc in a few words: quiet, nature, cultural, perfect for walks and beautiful views
- To see at Montjuïc: CaixaForum, Catalan National Art museum, Miró foundation, Montjuïc castle, Olympic stadium, Joan Brossa garden
A little walk in Montjuïc
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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?