Why Sant Marti?
Sant Marti is a large mostly residential area filled with building blocks, on the outskirts of Barcelona. The biggest sights in this district are the massive malls Sant Martí has, including the huge shopping complex of Diagonal Mar or Les Glòries. It has the best apartments in Barcelona for those who would like to live like “real” locals. The population here is mostly working class, small families, young people and elderly, with a great mix of Catalan’s and foreigners from both Spain and the rest of the world. Sant Martí is more mixed than other outlying areas, but this gives the area a nice atmosphere. Despite there being few parks and squares, Sant Martí has a large number of outdoor sporting areas, great streets for running and gyms, making this a very popular area with active people.
This area is one of the hotspots of the city by the North East. Until 1716, Sant Martí de Provençals was a suffragan parish of Santa Maria del Mar. In 1897, it was attached to the city of Barcelona as the villages of Gràcia, Sant Andreu, Sants, Les Corts and Sant Gervasi. Tourists do not usually get lost in its streets. The area is mostly residential with very high gray buildings. The population is very dense.
Sights in San Martí
The biggest sight to find in Sant Martí is the characteristic Torre Agbar, a colorful 38-story office tower opened in 2005. It also marks the gateway to the new technological district of Barcelona: the area called “@22”.
There are a few nice boulevards and streets, and occasional churches. If you want to go to Barcelona for sightseeing, base yourself in Sant Martí and use the fantastic public transportation systems to get into the city center where the tourist attractions are densely located. The fantastic Metro lines in Barcelona ensures that you can reach most areas in less than 15 minutes. A landmark worth visiting is the picturesque church of Sant Martí located in the beautiful Parc de Sant Martí of the Verneda. Finally, La Rambla Prim is a tourist area that has a beautiful pedestrian street filled with trees and benches used by the locals as they walk or play sports.
Eating out in Sant Marti
Sant Marti neighbourhood doesn’t offer many culinary experiences. However, it has a lot of fast food places, small ethnic restaurants and bars. Where you can enjoy some tapas and bocadillos. In case you want some really great food you should head to other areas of Barcelona more famous for their restaurants. However, let us recommend a few places. First, you should go to Sant Martí Restaurant is quite small and traditional local restaurant. Its specialty are the dishes that are composed of the typical ingredients of the country. The other place we recommend is the Ramblero, a tapas bar (bravas, croquetas, salpicón, etc.) that offers traditional cuisine with a touch of modernity.
Drinking & clubbing in Sant Marti
Sant Martí has the traditional bars and cerveserias which you see all over Barcelona (and Spain). But, it lacks a bit in cocktail bars. If a relaxing drink is what you want, then Sant Marti neighborhood has plenty for you. If you would like some live music and a bit more energy, then use Sant Martí as your base and head on into the inner city. The rustic tavern “L’Ovella Negra”, probably the biggest bar of the city and the “Razzmatazz”, with its 5 floors the biggest club of Barcelona are both great spots to visit in this district. If you love diversified night outs, those are probably the best option!
Shopping in Sant Marti neighborhood
In Sant Martí there are plenty of shopping options. Because of the district host, not just one, but two huge malls, the Diagonal Mar and the Glories shopping malls. Both of them located on Avinguda Diagonal. Sant Martí is ideal for shopping. You have the Glories shopping center where it has more than 166 stores spread over 3 different floors and a car park with a capacity of 3,000 vehicles, a cinema and various restaurants and bars. In 2001, the center has been renovated to offer more comfort to its customers. Like many other parts of Barcelona, you will have a supermarket for your shopping need. It is located in Carrer de Puigcerdà.
How to get there
The Sant Martí area is well served by public transport and you will arrive in the center of Barcelona easily.
From the metro stations of line 2, “Roda ferry” and “St. Marti » you will arrive at Passeig de Gràcia in 15 minutes. The yellow line with the following stops: “El Maresme / Fòrum” and “La Pau”. The tram network is very convenient to move in this wone red tranvías (lines T4, T5 and T6).