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Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, Pedralbes-Les Corts: Barcelona’s residential areas


Article updated 23 March, 2020. 0 comments

La Zona Alta (the highest part of Barcelona) brings together the city's most residential areas: Sarrià-Sant Gervasi and Pedralbes-Les Corts.

Sarrià building flowers

Barcelona’s Zona Alta is loved by visitors, as well as residents arriving in Barcelona with families, or looking for green, comfortable and tranquil spaces.

Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

Sarrià square area

Sarrià-Sant Gervasi is the area of Barcelona where the per capita income is highest. Far from the city centre, it is quiet, clean and without tourists, but there are still shops, cafés, bakeries and a few restaurants.

Tibidabo mountain is located at the North of this area to the great delight of sports and nature-lovers. It is the perfect place for those who love walking, cycling or simply getting some fresh air. On fine days the Tibidabo amusement park  opens its doors.

Sarrià-Sant Gervasi in a few words…

Calm, expensive, not touristic but does have shops.

  • To see: little squares and old convents
  • Nearest park: Jardins del Turó del Putxet


Sarrià Pedralbes pool

Pedralbes is even quieter than Sarrià-Sant Gervasi. It’s actually the most residential area in Barcelona, and full of luxury residences, most with a garden and swimming pool.

Between the pleasant street and the green spaces is Barcelona’s French high school, which explains why so many francophone families live nearby. There are also a number of universities.

Pedralbes in a few words…

Expensive, far from the centre and from shops, quiet, green and residential.

  • To see: Pedralbes monastery, Finca Güell, Palau Reial de Pedralbes
  • Nearest parks: Parc del Palau Reial, Parc de Cervantes and Parc de Santa Amèlia

Les Corts

Sarrià church Corts areaLes Corts

is located below Diagonal avenue and is home to among other things the famous Camp Nou which brings together football fans from all over the world. It’s a great place to live and to visit, especially around the pretty little plaça de la Concòrdia with its village charm; one of our favourite places in Barcelona. We advise you to take a look around and enjoy its peaceful and authentic atmosphere.

Les Corts in a few words…

Authentic, busy and well connected.

Take a walk in Les Corts

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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?