Les Corts is a residential neighborhood with shopping areas and commercial highrises, however, it also thrives with parks, green spaces and quiet squares where you can experience the local way of life.
Camp Nou, home of the Barcelona Football Club and museum, is the neighborhood’s biggest landmark.
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A bit of history
Francesc Macià square. © Ricardo Ramirez/Guiajando
Until the 19th century, this area located in the western part of Barcelona was highly underpopulated. In fact, many of the grounds used to belong to the royalty. It wasn’t until 1897 that this municipality was attatched to Barcelona, and slowly began to develop.
The stunning Diagonal Avenue runs through this district, marking one of the main hallways of the city. Few cities in the world have such a beautiful entrance as Barcelona has in this part of town.
What to do in Les Corts
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Camp Nou stands as the biggest landmark in the neighborhood. Home of the Barcelona Football Club, it’s the largest stadium in Spain and houses the club’s museum.
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Les Corts has a high concentration of parks and green areas. The elegant Pedralbes Park is the most important of the district. It houses the Royal Palace of Pedralbes, (currently closed to the public) where music festivals take place in the summer.
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Other parks in the neighborhood are the Cervantes Park, that almost resembles a botanic garden and the Maternitat gardens, a park featuring games areas for children.
Royal Monastery of Pedralbes
Finally, you can visit the Royal Monastery of Pedralbes, a stunning complex of gothic monuments, dating from the 14th century.
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Furthermore, some of the most exclusive shops in the city are located in Les Corts, such as L’Illa Diagonal and El Corte Inglés, making Les Corts a shopping heaven.
Experience Les Corts as a local
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Other parts of Les Corts are rather more calm and keep a small town atmosphere. Just a few blocks away from Diagonal avenue, lies one of the most charming and traditional squares of this district.
Far from the touristic spots, the Concordia square could be considered the heart of Les Corts.
Any given day at sunset is the best time to visit this square, that’s when all the locals stroll around the neighborhood to chat and have a beer with tapas in any given bar.
Highly recommended is a visit to the Civic Centre of Can Deu, where aside from different artistic activities, it has a pleasant coffeehouse and bar on the inside with an excellent atmosphere and good prices.
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How to get to Les Corts
Metro: Line 3. Les Corts, Maria Cristina, Palau Reial & Zona Universitaria Station. Or take the Barcelona Hop-on Hop-off Tour, for more comfort.
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