A traditional suburb with a heart of gold – the barrio of Clot.

Vibe on the street: residential, approachable, traditional, unassuming.
Famous for: staying under the radar, its own covered market, the clever urban creation that is the Parc del Clot.
A traditional suburb with a heart of gold – the barrio of Clot.
  • Although it’s strictly speaking in the neighbouring district of Horta-Guinardó, the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Hospital of the Holy Cross and Sant Paul) is a nearby Modernista masterpiece you should definitely make some time for. Designed by Catalan architext Lluis Domènech I Montaner, the complex is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a fully functioning hospital until 2009, when much-needed renovation work started on the site. You can get free access to its grounds in the meantime, and there are also guided tours several times a morning in a choice of European languages.

    Another highlight of the district is the Parc del Clot, which was opened to the public in the mid 1980s. Inspired by the area’s industrial heritage, the space is a welcome breath of fresh air in a predominantly residential area. The ruins of an original 19th-century warehouse have been put to good use, and serve as an aqueduct spilling water down to grateful Labradors below. Meanwhile, residents of every age take advantage of the open-air squash courts, ping pong tables, running routes, kids’ play areas and, of course, boules grounds.

    Eating out

    A standout and stalwart of Clot’s restaurants is El Cocinero, on Carrer de Independència. It’s known for its use of quality produce, generous portion sizes and friendly service, all of which make it a hit in the barrio. We can also recommend Els Tres Porquets for any carnivores out there. It’s a small place, perhaps a little on the pricey side, but they serve up high-quality Catalan classics and pride themselves on adding that touch of finesse.


    Clot isn’t exactly a hive of activity when it comes to nightlife. There are small local bars, where you can pop in for a drink with the locals, but for a more exciting scene you’ll probably need to look a little further afield. With Clot’s choice of metro lines, though, you’ve got easy access to areas such as L’Eixample Izquierda and the districts of the Ciutat Vella, where there’s an endless choice of clubs.

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