The first thing many travellers see when they arrive in Barcelona is Sants Station. Maybe the surrounding neighbourhood is not one of the Catalan capital’s finest but it charming in its own way and is a great place to stay for those on business or travelling with the family.
Sants was independent village until being annexed by Barcelona in the late 19th century. It’s a quiet residential neighbourhood containing a few modernist buildings and several pedestrian zones lined with bars, cafeterias and outside seating. One of the more popular areas is Plaça d’Osca, which is also one of the liveliest.
However, the real heart of the neighbourhood is Sants Street, a long and dynamic street lined with over 300 shops. Sants Street joins Hospitalet de Llobregat with Plaza Espanya, where the Barcelona Trade Fair and Montjuic Fountains are found.
Sants is also famous for its annual street parties which take place during late August. For one week the street are elaborately decorated and there is nightly entertainment featuring bands, dancing, dinners and lots of tradition.
There is no need to tell you that Sants is one of Barcelona’s best connected neighbourhoods. Apart from the train station, there are three Metro and bus lines which means anyone staying in Sants can be in the city centre in 10 minutes.