One of Barcelona’s more affluent neighbourhoods Sarria-Sant Gervasi is sandwiched between Diagonal, Via Augusta and the Collserolla Mountain Range. Founded as a separate town in the year 982, it was eventually annexed by Barcelona in 1921. Despite this annexation it has managed to retain much of its small town charm.
Today it is primarily a residential area where neighbours still greet each other when they meet in the main street, the Carrer Major de Sarria. This delightful street snakes its way up the hill before finishing in the town square and is lined with boutiques, small neighbourhood bars including Bar Tomas which is famed for its Patatas Bravas, bakeries and other speciality neighbourhood shops.
As you come down the hill and move more into the Sant Gervasi area of the neighbourhood you will find the area becomes more affluent, in Barcelona it is known as the “Zona Alta” the uptown neighbourhood. The pace of Sarria-Sant Gervasi is markedly more relaxed than the rest of Barcelona but despite this it has a very lively nightlife especially around the streets Amigo, Santaló and Maria Cubi where Barcelona’s well at heel come to party.
For food shopping in the area there are several municipal markets selling fresh fruit and vegetables and there are a number of supermarkets close by for other supplies. If you prefer eating out then you won’t be disappointed by the selection of restaurants available ranging from traditional Catalan and Mediterranean Cuisine to the exotic flavours of China and South East Asia.
When wandering the quiet leafy streets of the Sarria-Sant Gervasi neighbourhood it seems as though the hustle and bustle of Barcelona is light years away when in fact a 10 minute train will have you in Plaza Catalunya.
If you want to explore all the best Barcelona has to offer as well as being away from the main tourist areas the neighbourhood of Sarria-Sant Gervasi is the perfect option.