Sants-Montjuic is the biggest “barrio” in Barcelona and it is situated in the southern end of the city. It represents almost 1/5 of the territory of Barcelona, because the hill of Montjuic and the industrial polygon Zona Franca are also included in its borders.
The district is divided into 8 smaller sub-neighborhoods:
- La Bordeta
- La Font de la Guatlla
- La Marina de Port
- La Marina del Prat Vermell
- El Poble Sec
*Plus Montjuic and Zona Franca which are not residential
The neighborhood is not so crowded and and is less touristic, but many of the most interesting places in Barcelona are actually located here. The Montjüic hill is a favorite place of many Catalans. It is the perfect place for a nice walk or a picnic with friends. There you can also find the MNAC (The National Art Museum of Catalunya), the Ethnological Museum, the Art Museum Fundació Joan Miró, the botanical gardens, the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, Poble Espanyol, and many other sights.
Just next to plaza Espanya is Las Arenas, one of the shopping malls of the neighborhood. It was reconstructed from what was previously a bullfighting ring. Behind the shopping mall is Parc de l’Escorxador (also known as Parc Joan Miró), which becomes a busy socializing point in the late afternoons , where many people come to walk their dogs and spend time with their kids.
There are many food shops in the area, including Hostefrancs market and Sants market. If you are a party person you will be glad to learn that Sala Apolo (a famous club and concert hall) will be also close to you if you decide to live in this neighborhood.
In terms of transportation Sants-Montjuic is very well connected with the other parts of the town by Metro. Additionally Barcelona Nord Station is located in the neighborhood where you can catch trains to the other parts of Spain, including to France.
Many people choose this neighborhood because of its close location the Airport El Prat, which makes it very suitable “barrio” for people who travel often or who work at the Airport.
Sants-Montjuic is also considered to be one of the neighborhoods with the more affordable property and rental prices in Barcelona, and is very well suited to families.