The area was once independent, but became part of Barcelona at the end of the 19th century. If we had to describe the area in only a few words, it would be that it´s very residential, quiet, family-oriented (due to parks), and the residents are mainly locals.
Situated in the north-eastern part of Barcelona, sits the third largest district upon a steep hill.
It is divided into 11 smaller districts :
- La Vall D´Hebron
- La Clota
- La Font D´en Fargues
- El Guinardó
- El Baix Guinardó
- Can Baró
- El Carmel
- La Teixonera
- Sant Genis del Agudells
If you decide to live in this area, you should know that it is definitely not known for its shopping, nor its nightlife. However, it does offer a few small boutique shops and a few bars. It is connected very well to the city center by Metro, so if you do want to go and do some shopping you could easily head down to neighboring Gracia.
One of the main attractions of Horta-Guinardó is the parks that are found in this area.
The most famous is Park del Laberint, which as the name suggest, is a labyrinth created out of the bushes that grow naturally and dates back to the 18th century. The other popular parks are Parc de Guinardó and Parc del Carmel.
If you own a car, you´ll be glad to know that the Ronda de Dalt highway runs near the top part of the Horta-Guinardó, which allows you to get to the airport in about 20 minutes.
Accommodation is in general more affordable in Horta-Guinardó, mostly due to the fact that it´s removed from the city center and the tourists, and the fact that it´s quite steep.
Also good to mention for sports enthusiasts, is the Palau D´Esports de Barcelona as well as the Velodrome of Horta and Municipal Tennis Center.