Why El Clot?
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. This neighbourhood is one of the oldest ones in the district. Just as the whole area, El Clot has an immersive ambiance where the people can feel they represent a part of the local community even they are coming for a shorter period for leisure. 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.
History of El Clot
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. The residents are extremely sociable, open and welcoming to all the visitors. Therefore this smaller neighbourhood is good for those who want to get a more insightful look at the Catalan tradition.
What to see in El Clot
Parc del Clot
El Clot´s main park, Parc del Clot, is a must-see in this area. It 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, and will find all kinds of services, from handmade jewelry to clothing, pet stores or many handicrafts. The shopping center has more than 166 stores spread over 3 different floors and a car park with a capacity of 3,000 vehicles. El Glories was inaugurated in 1995, in a dynamic area right next to 22@. The mall has an open-air section with restaurants, a movie theater, and some stores and an interior section with a large supermarket and many more stores, such as FNAC, Pull&Bear, and Guess. The area is also close to some famous tourist 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 much quieter, more residential area. If you and your friends want to spend a calm evening with delicious food, El Clot offers several options.
El Cocinero (in the Carrer Independència, 340) is famous for its amiable service and top quality ingredients which makes them a pretty attractive restaurant. The place is less than one kilometer away from the Sagrada Família so if you feel hungry after the sightseeing, and want to taste the original Spanish cuisine, you need to go there and try it.
Els Tres Porquets (in English, 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 prices a bit above the level (one set menu costs 45 euros), it is still very popular among locals which is totally understandable. The high-quality use makes this restaurant special and a wort-visited place for everyone.
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 restaurants 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.
Metro: L1, L2 (Clot)
Train: Clot-Arago train station has rail connections out of Barcelona cities such as Girona and Figueres.
Where to stay in El Clot
If you are looking for accommodation in this neighborhood then check out our Apartments in El Clot for further information.