Horta: The strength of a Neighborhood

Horta: The strength of a Neighborhood

Horta was not always a neighborhood. As Sants and Sant Andreu del Palomar, Horta was a separate municipality until the nineteenth century. Its history dates back to medieval times and its name comes from San Juan de Horta, as it was known at the time the municipality that lasted for centuries at the hands of the Horta family, owners of the area between the eleventh century and the thirteenth century. An area of ​​agricultural past that expanded to the Parc del Laberint d'Horta or the Martí Codolar House, which is now part of the Salesian area, and has grown a lot in the last fifty years, limited by the Carmel, the Guinardó and Nou Barris.

Therefore, if you are interested in visiting one of the most charming neighborhoods across the city, we recommend you to approach to Horta with one of the buses that cross the neighborhood or the underground line 5.  

A tour through the neighborhood of Horta allow us to visit rural properties still preserved, as Can Mas Deu, a farmhouse of the XVII century, built on Roman ruins that is now occupied with more than three hundred people and activities of ecology, activism and social center. Some more remote, as the property of the Martí Codolar family that resists next to the Ronda de Dalt, near the Hospital Vall d'Hebron, while others have been converted and reinvented as restaurants: Can Travi and Can Cortada are two examples. Others have also become big libraries such as Can Mariner, educational projects as Can Baró or training centers as Ca n'Andalet or Can Soler.

Horta neighborhood also keeps it heart in Ibiza Plaza, a pedestrian area recently remodeled where stalls are set during the summer and 23 April, the day of Sant Jordi. In the surrounding streets a large number of well-known bars and restaurants are located: like Quimet, the Louis Se Va, Los Peques or Setze, among others; a few meters form Plaza Ibiza we find Bacardi Square, another of the busiest areas by night and day to enjoy a snack or a few drinks with friends. However, from here we suggest a walk up the street Aiguafreda, which still maintains the urban structure and arrangement of the early twentieth century and washerwomen: stoned, low houses and green space between the wells and laundries.

A little gem that is hidden between Granollers and Llobregós streets. If you want to visit the most authentic Barcelona and its roots, the district of Horta is probably your best choice, with rural properties, neoclassical and an ambience between town and country. Feel like to find out?     

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