Les Corts - the stomping ground of champions.

Vibe on the street: well-to-do, residential without the bustle of the centre.
Famous for: being the home ground of FC Barcelona.
Les Corts - the stomping ground of champions.
  • Rows of apartment blocks sadly obscure any trace of the rural origins of Les Corts, as the village itself was swallowed up by Barcelona in the late 19th century. But behind L’illa shopping centre you will find a surprising survivor amongst the uptown high rises in the form of Plaça de Concordia. It’s a pretty little square dominated by the Església Maria de Déu del Remei which dates from the mid-19th century and has a 40-metre-high bell tower. The name of this plaça means ‘Harmony Square’, which is very appropriate for this tree-lined pedestrianised area with a mix of restaurants, bars and small businesses. It’s a serene spot among the bustling streets of Les Corts, popular with locals, and is host to special events like concerts, markets and activities for children.

    The jewel in the crown of Les Corts is the mighty Camp Nou. Home to FC Barcelona, it’s one of the most famous stadiums in the world and lots of tourists come to Barcelona just to get a glimpse of it. There are a few Camp Nou-related things you can do during your stay. You can go to one of the games themselves (a must for any football fan), or take a tour around the Camp Nou stadium and museum. These self-guided tours allow you to take a sneak peek behind the scenes, with access to the changing rooms, dug-outs, director’s box and of course the pitch. The museum meanwhile is packed with silverware and memorabilia, not to mention informative displays and precious archive footage that tells the story of the club from 1899 until today.

    Eating out

    Without selling Les Corts short, this area is not particularly well known for its gastronomic delights. There are however a few little places worth checking out if you decide to spend your city break here, one being Piscolabis. This is a very stylish joint, conveniently located on Diagonal Avenue, and it gets very busy at lunch time when people spill out of their offices looking for something quick and tasty to eat. It has a great selection of tapas, which are all cooked to order in front of you and served by friendly staff.

    Another popular restaurant is Negro-Rojo, also on Diagonal Avenue, with a name as one of the best place to get authentic Japanese food as well as other international cuisine. Upstairs is ‘Negro’, where you can sample food from all over the world. It has a great atmosphere on Friday and Saturday nights when it’s packed until the early hours. Downstairs on the other hand is ‘Rojo’, where they serve the most fantastic, fresh Japanese food and people sit at long shared tables.


    It has to be said, Les Corts isn’t Barcelona’s top nightlife destination, but there are a few places that locals favour for a night out. One of them is Bikini, situated behind the shopping centre L’illa shopping centre. It has indie and rock roots but into the small hours this is replaced by club and house music. Another cool hangout is Sala Becool. It plays host to gigs featuring local talent from Thursday to Saturday from 10pm, followed by popular DJ sets from midnight. Since Les Corts is very well connected to the rest of the city, it’s very easy to experience the more renowned after-dark hotspots during your stay - just jump on the green metro line to the city centre and you’ll be there in 10 minutes.

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