El Clot, Barcelona
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 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! After that, it was shut down and now this park maintains some of the relics of its industrious past; including a 25m long aqueduct with beautiful cascades of water. Parc del Clot certainly offers a lovely open green space amidst the hustle and bustle of the city for all the family to enjoy.
Opening hours: Every day from 07:00-20:00
Address: Carrer dels Escultors Claperós, 55, 63, 08018 Barcelona
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.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:30-22:00
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 208, 08018 Barcelona
Where to eat in El Clot
Compared to the city center, El Clot Barcelona is a quieter, more residential area. If you are looking for a crazy nightlife experience, certainly 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.
# 1 El Cocinero
This place is a market cuisine that seeks renewed flavors, famous for its amiable service and top quality ingredients. In other words, if you want to enjoy the flavors of traditional european cooking with quality service and good prices you must visit El Cocinero in El Clot neighbourhood.
Opening hours: Every day from 13:00-16:00
Address: Carrer Independència, 340, 08026, Barcelona
# 2 He Cheng (鶴城) Restaurant
Above all, this 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.
Opening hours: Every day from 12:30-16:00 & 19:00-23:30, except for Tuesday
Address: Carrer dels Enamorats, 139, 08026 Barcelona
# 3 El Clot Restaurant
Amazing cuisine and attentive service are some of the characteristic traits that you will find in this restaurant. Above all the gastronomy and full-mediterranean menu, the elegant and modern atmosphere of El Clot Restaurant will asure you the best experience posible for your meal.
Opening hours: Every day from 12:00-01:00
Address: Carrer Aragon 600, 08018 Barcelona España
# 4 L’Olivera
One of the most recommended restaurants in El Clot, L’Olivera is an unique mediterranean experience that you shouldn’t miss out. In addition to it’s great location, this local counts with a variety of dishes with spanish, catalan and argentinian origins!
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 09:00-23:00; Satuday from 10:30-23:30; Sunday from 10:30-23:00
Address: Carrer Dels Escultors Claperos 39, 08018 Barcelona España
In general, El Clot is a great area to get away from the crowds of tourists; and in addition feel like a true Catalan local!
Metro: L1, L2 (Clot)
Train: Clot-Arago train station has rail connections further out of Barcelona city such as Girona and Figueres.