During a week holiday in Barcelona last July we rented an apartment in El Clot quarter. El Clot is a part of Sant Martí district. It is only 15 minutes stroll to Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família and 5 minutes to Hospital de la Santa Creu i San Pau.
This quarter was once called El Clot de Miel means The Honey Hole in Catalan language. The neighbourhood was established in the Medieval Age by the name Clotum Melis (Latin). At that time the quarter was rural with many honeymakers and farmers lived there. Hence the name.
During the Industrial Revolution textile industry rised in El Clot. Nowadays inhabitants of this quarter is a mix of working lower and middle class both Barcelona born Catalans and immigrants from Spanish speaking countries.
Travel like a local
My family and I love Barcelona so much. Actually we spent our holiday here last year. Staying more than a week end in a city we prefer to rent an apartment to be able to explore more. Interaction with locals is also one thing we aim. So El Clot is a perfect quarter for this.
There are not so many tourists around in El Clot. This is a bit odd cause Barcelona’s most popular touristic must-see, La Sagrada Família, is just around the corner.
I take you for a tour around El Clot, ready?
These are pictures of Carrer de Rogent, a long street which is full of lovely bakeries, pastries shops, minimarkets, bars & cafes. The atmosphere felt authentic Catalan.
Lovely local market in the heart if the quarter, Mercat del Clot. I tasted yummy croquetas in there. You name it they have it; chicken, spinach, ham, meat, mushroom & plain croquetas, to go or on the spot.
Food and drinks
Barcelona’s pastry shops sell delicious pastries. They are much cheaper than those in The Netherlands. Actually the mini pastries are sometimes on sale by weight. Although not as refined as French pattisserie, Spanish pastries are surely worth to try.
Ravioli at Pizza Qué? 10 meter from the bakery.
Metro L1 (Red line): El Clot Aragó and Clot
Metro L5 (Blue line): Camp de l’Arpa
El Clot is a safe and lively neighbourhood with hospitable and welcome locals. If you look for the touristic hustle and bustle or want to spend your money on shopping for renowned street or high brands, then this is not the place for you. In El Clot there are only local shops with average local people. For me it was a lovely stay at this compact quarter.
More stories about touristic must-sees I saw in BCN are coming soon. Stay tuned.
Previously published in this Barcelona travel serie:
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