Sarrià-Sant Gervasi is one of the largest districts of Barcelona, containing the neighborhoods of Sarrià, Les Tres Torres, Sant Gervasi – La Bonanova, Sant Gervasi – Galvany, Vallvidrera, Tibidabo and Les Planes and Putxet and Farró. Situated at the north-west of the city, it is surrounded by the districts of Les Corts, Gràcia, Eixample and Horta-Guinardo.
The municipality of Sarrià can be traced back to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, home to a substantial population by the end of the 15th century. In 1921 it was added to the city of Barcelona by Royal decree, the last town on the plain to be incorporated into Barcelona.
Torre Bellesguard Torre Bellesguard is still privately owned and lived in, but the main part of the house is open for visits. The name Bellesguard, meaning ‘beautiful view’ in Catalan, is said to have come from King Martin I of Aragón more than 600 years ago.
Tibidabo Tibidabo is a mountain of 512 metres (1,680 ft) overlooking Barcelona, the tallest in the Collserola range. Sagrat Cor church and Tibidabo amusement park share the top and the Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower is a short walk away.
CosmoCaixa CosmoCaixa Barcelona is a science museum, with features including the flooded forest, the geological wall and the Antarctic Base. Formerly known as the Science Museum of Barcelona, it closed for renovations in 1998 and reopened in 2004 under its current name.
Jardins de la Tamarita The Jardins de la Tamarita transport you back to the grand world of bourgeois properties in in Sant Gervasi at the turn of the 20th century. Once a private garden and part of an estate which belonged to the Craywinckel family, it was acquired in 1911 by Alfredo Mata, a cotton magnate. (See also: Secret Gardens of Barcelona).
Restaurante Obrac L’Antiga Porteria Obrac L’Antiga Porteria restaurant serves avant-garde, market cuisine.
Once Upon a Time Established in 2013 and located on the elegant Carrer Mandri, Once Upon a Time has a Parisian feel in both its decor and cuisine. Initially a tearoom, it has expanded to offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea and dinner.
Hisop Chef Oriol Ivern opened Hisop in 2001, having worked previously at the famous Neichel restaurant.
Meatpacking Bistro Meatpacking Bistro is inspired by the gastro bars of New York’s fashionable meatpacking district. The menu features American dishes prepared with fresh organic ingredients. Main courses include classics such as spaghetti with meatballs, steak tartar and a variety of burgers.
Bar Tomás de Sarrià Situated in the middle of Sarrià’s bustling Calle Mayor, Bar Tomás has achieved legendary status for its patatas bravas.
El Canalla El Canalla (the rogue) opened in 2011 and is situated in the heart of Sarriá near the church. The restaurant serves Mediterranean and market cuisine, using locally sourced products. Guests can enjoy both the sunny terrace and the “El Villano” lounge, ideal for meals and private events.
ABaC Penthouse Terrace, Photo by Marco Pastori.
ABaC Barcelona Famous for both it’s hotel and restaurant, the exclusive ABaC Barcelona is set on Avinguda Tibidabo in the affluent Sant Gervasi neighborhood. ABaC offers 15 modern luxury rooms and houses a 2-star Michelin restaurant, run by renowned chef Jordi Cruz.
Sutton Since opening in 2001, Sutton has become one of the most exclusive nightclubs in Barcelona.
Talent Garden Barcelona Talent Garden is a network of coworking spaces with a focus on accommodating technology, digital and creative entrepreneurs. The network currently includes over 500 people across Europe and the United States.
El Despacho Coworking El Despacho Coworking The space offers flexible hours with access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, depending on the membership plan you choose.
The Bottom Line
The distict of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi contains neighborhoods which retain a village type feel and high quality of living.