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Airport 15 km
Ferry 3 km
Train station 1 km
Car Car not necessary

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Great for Walking holidays, City breaks, Nightlife, Cycling holidays, Winter sun

How to get there

If you're looking for a relaxing break in the Catalan capital and you decide to stay in the northern neighbourhood of Sarrià, you won't be disappointed. Quaint, quiet and a world away from the busy city centre, it's not difficult to see why it was independent until 1921, after which it was annexed to Barcelona (to many of the residents' dismay).

This is a largely residential area but its serenity and local feel is perfect for those looking for a peaceful and authentic experience in Barcelona. There are lots of great cafés and patisseries as well as the city's most famous patatas bravas bar. Sarrià is also home to the mountain of Tibidabo, with its amazing views and iconic church.

Getting oriented

It's only when you look at a map of the whole of Barcelona that you realise how much ground this district covers. Its main thoroughfares are Via Augusta, Passeig de la Bonanova, and Ronda de Dalt, however the area stretches from Avinguda Diagonal all the way up to Tibidabo and beyond.

Sarrià sits sandwiched between neighbouring regions of stylish Gràcia, the affluent Pedralbes and the residential Horta-Guinardó. It's difficult to put your finger on the district's main reference point, as apart from Tibidabo - which isn't easily accessible - it doesn't really have one.

Know your neighbours

It's pretty safe to say that the pace of life in Sarrià is definitely slower than the rest of Barcelona, and a large percentage of the population are older citizens enjoying a peaceful retirement. Most neighbourhood life centres around the high street Carrer Major de Sarrià, where everybody seems to know everyone else. In our experience Sarrià is a very friendly place, and the close-knit community tend to welcome you with open arms. Most residents are Catalan through and through, and are fiercely proud of their district's separate history.

Shopping options

If a new outfit is what you want then Sarrià doesn't offer a great deal of choice. It is, however, it is a food shopper's paradise.

One stand-out site is the market on Pg. Reina Elisenda de Montcada, housed within a beautiful red brick Modernista building. Although on a smaller scale than the famous Boqueria market, it's an equally impressive feast for the senses - pick up some fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat from the friendly local traders.

Elsewhere, on the high street, we love Foix de Sarrià. This is a fantastic patisserie that draws in clients from far and wide, on the hunt for the perfect pudding for that special occasion. It has a delectable selection of celebration cakes, pastries and macaroons, as well as mouth-watering breads and buns. Another shop with a certain lure is The Chocolate Factory. This charming little shop smells delicious and boasts wonderful displays of chocolate lollies, jams, truffles and much more. It's ideal for a Halloween treat, Christmas presents or simply for a little indulgence.

Getting around

Getting to Sarrià is surprisingly simple - just hop on line 6 from Plaça Catalunya and it's a 12-minute journey. Line 6 makes up part of the FGC line and there are over 10 stops in Sarrià alone. You can use your standard metro ticket on all of these lines. As we've mentioned, Sarrià is a very large region so getting around on foot can present quite a challenge at times, especially if you want to head up to Tibidabo. One way to reach its dizzy heights is to take the FGC to Avinguda Tibidabo and cross the road to the tram shelter. From here, the Tramvia Blau can ferry you up the hill to Plaça Doctor Andreu. Here you change to the Funicular del Tibidabo, which takes people up to the top every 15 minutes, costing 4.50€ for a return ticket. Alternatively, the Tibibus runs directly to Tibidabo from Plaça Catalunya (outside the Corte Inglés) for around 3€ from 10.30 every day.