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7 Things to do in Sants-Montjuic

a view of Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya street

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya | Photo by David Rüsseler on Unsplash

Barcelona, the Spanish city with beautiful landmarks and historic buildings, isn’t just famous for football and beaches. There are numerous neighborhoods in the city which make living here an easy and enjoyable experience. With friendly neighbors and accepting culture, Sants in Barcelona is a neighborhood you can’t miss. Popular for hiking and various adventurous activities. The neighborhood of Sants is much more than what it looks like; you will fall in love with the environment, the many activities, and the culture. Sants is one of the culturally rich neighborhoods in Barcelona because the neighborhood had a strong industrial character, home to some of the most important manufacturers of Spanish textiles, such as España Industrial and Vapor Vell.

You can still catch a glimpse of its rich history when you visit, but the most prominent feature of the city is its diverse experience. Here are a few things you can do while you’re exploring Sants.

Visit the Barcelona Olympic Stadium

It’s impossible to imagine Barcelona without sports, which is why you need to check out the Barcelona Olympic Stadium, standing tall and mighty in the Sants-Montjuic district. This is actually a popular way to immerse in the history and culture of the neighborhood and is great among strangers.  Moreover, it has one of the most beautiful views of the city. It is definitely recommended to take a look at the beautiful view of the sunset.

Waterfalls of Museu Nacional d'Art, Building Barcelona, Art museu

Waterfalls of Museu Nacional d’Art | Photo by Kristijan Arsov on Unsplash

Hang out at Parc de l’Espanya Industrial

A few meters away from the famous Sants train station you will find Parc de l’Espanya Industrial. The park is also known for the 12m high dragon sculpture by Andres Nagel. The dragon sculpture is also a children’s slide, and once in a while you will find some skaters there. In addition to the sculpture there is a playground for children, a basketball court and plenty of space for everybody to just hang out, enjoy the nature and the fountains of the park’s pond.

Buy Delicious Fresh Products from Mercat de Sants

Mercat de Sants is a thriving market where you can shop till you’re tired. If you’re into culinary culture and gastronomy, then you’ll love diving into the fresh and great quality produce at Mercat de Sants. The market is a great way to explore the neighborhood, and you can even buy various goods like clothing, decorations, and food along the way.

Experience the buzz of Plaça D’Espanya

Shared by the Sants-Montjuic districts, Plaça D’Espanya is a prominent square and core of Barcelona, now housing a modern shopping center, Las Arenas‘. Is very important,lively, and integrated for Barcelona. Trust us; you’ll simply be in love with this place. Don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful 360 ° – view at the top floor of Las Arenas.

a large clock tower towering over a city, Plaça Espanya

Plaça Espanya | Photo by Miquel Migg on Unsplash

Ride Along On A Biking Trail

This may not be surprising at all because bike trails in Barcelona are super famous and common, but the Sants neighborhood biking trail is one of the best you’ll get to do. If you’re among those who love trailing along with friends, then taking a bike ride within the neighborhood is the perfect fit for you. You can take a look at the buildings, come across little stores and discover new places to hang out along the way.

Streets, crosswalk

Streets with bicycle line| Photo by linus ekenstam on Unsplash

Explore on your own by the Metro

Sants is considered a very well-communicated and connected neighborhood, and you can test this yourself by taking a exploring trip by yourself around Sants riding on the metro. The metro in Sants takes various routes and is the central train station of Catalonia. You can start in the morning and go through the entire neighborhood, stop at various stations to eat or shop and even choose to explore the district of Montjuic; no matter what you decide, it will be convenient and fun.

a person waiting for a train at a train station

Metro Barcelona| Photo by Lucía Garó on Unsplash

Enjoy a hike

One cannot talk about Sants without mentioning the great hiking trails. If you’ve visited Barcelona even once, you’ll know hiking in Sants is serious business. With several gorgeous trails, all gateways to the breathtaking city, hiking in Sants is probably going to be one of your greatest memories. There is no match to this impressive neighborhood; whether you ask a local or witness it yourself, you’ll know Sants is popular without a doubt.

Museu Nacional d'Art with a statue in front of it.

Museu Nacional d’Art with a statue | Photo by Igor Ferreira on Unsplash

Looking for more ideas of what to do in and around Barcelona? Get in touch with Spanish Trails or have a look at the tours and day trips we offer.