Sants Barcelona is part of the Sants-Montjuic district and has a working class background. It’s well-situated in relation to the main sights, making it a great base for exploring the city.
Parc de l’Espanya Industrial is located right next to Sants station and is the site of a former textile factory which has been converted into a great park. There is a gorgeous pool and also some slides for the kids to play on. It is extremely popular with dog walkers and is perfect for a lazy Sunday in the summer months. Also if you happen to arrive early for your train, it makes a nice alternative to the waiting room.
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For the shopaholics amongst you, the main street Carrer de Sants is chock-a-block with every kind of store imaginable. The Sants Market is also a fantastic place to do your food shopping where you can purchase fresh fruit and vegetables in an impressive building. In August, the area has a festival similar to that of Gracià where certain streets are decorated and you can see parades, traditional Catalan human towers and the climax of a music and fireworks display to top it all off.
Of course, no mention of the area of Sants is complete without telling you about Sants station. It is one of the largest and most well-connected stations in the city. It gives you access to many cities outside of Barcelona by train, as well as to the airport. There are great transport links so can easily get around within the city and out of the city too. The area is close to many other attractions such as Montjuic, Camp Nou and Plaza Espanya.
Sants is a residential area and so it is quieter than the centre but it still has plenty of bars, restaurants and activities to keep you entertained. It is a great area to be based during a holiday or long stay in Barcelona as it is within easy reach of the rest of the city due to its location and great transport links.
Sants station: Rodalies and Renfe trains.
Metro: L5, L3 (Sants) L1 (Plaça de Sants)