There are so many different areas in Barcelona, and each with its own unique character, that it is hard to visit them all in the short timeframe of a week or two. However, if you do get the chance to visit El Clot Barcelona in the district of Sant Martí, you will find that this region has a very interesting history and a great atmosphere that makes it truly worth a visit.
The area dates back to the Medieval period, when it was known as “Clot de la Miel,” a name deriving from the rich farmland and high quality honey that was produced here. The area has since then developed a strong industrial background as many textile factories and flour mills were constructed here later on. El Clot has a working class background and is considered to have a largely Catalan population with few tourists. This is not to say, however, that the people aren’t friendly. The residents are extremely sociable, open and welcoming to visitors.
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What to see in El Clot
El Clot´s main park, Parc del Clot (Address: Carrer dels Escultors Claperós), is a must-see in this area. It was was designed in 1986 by Daniel Freixa and Vicent Miranda and was previously a garage of the Spanish train company Renfe, which opened in 1858 during the underground construction of the railway lines. Though it obviously shut its garage doors a long time ago, this park maintains some of the relics of its industrious past, including a 25m long aqueduct with beautiful cascades of water. Parc del Clot also offers a lovely open green space amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. If you are interested in shopping, Les Glories shopping centre is just nearby, along with pedestrianized shopping street Carrer de Rogent, where you can find great local produce. The area is also close to some famous tourists attractions, including the Torre Agbar, which was inspired by the pinnacles of the Montserrat mountain, Gaudí’s most widely known architecture Sagrada Familia and Hospital de Sant Pau, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Where to eat in El Clot
Compared to the city center, El Clot is a quieter, more residential area. If you are looking for a crazy nightlife experience, you may need to go further into the district of l’Eixample. But if you and your friends just want to spend a calm evening with delicious food, El Clot offers several options. El Cocinero (Carrer Independència, 340) is famous for its amiable service and top quality ingredients. Els Tres Porquets (The Three Little Pigs) isn’t just a fairy tale. This restaurant provides high quality traditional Catalan cuisine based on one main ingredient: pork. Though the seats are quite limited and the price may be a bit higher (one set menu costs 45 euros), it is still very popular among locals. After a long walk in the park, if you feel like trying some Greek dishes with Arabic and Turkish fusion, Restaurante Griego Leo’s will satisfy your deepest desires. The restaurant is located right next to the park and serves different kinds of set menus for various prices. Although the front door is inconspicuous, He Cheng (鶴城) Restaurant (Carrer dels Enamorats, 139) is one of the most authentic Chinese restaurant from Zhejiang (浙江) in Barcelona. Not only locals, but also many homesick Chinese immigrants come here to treat their nostalgia. Hint: When you see some Chinese kids playing around on the street, it means you are close.
In general, El Clot is a great area to visit if you want to get away from the crowds of tourists and feel like a true Catalan local.
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Metro: L1, L2 (Clot)
Train: Clot-Arago train station has rail connections out of Barcelona city such as Girona and Figueres.