SANTS: old industry, working-class movements, modernism & urban trends

  • You will see and understand the changes in architecture in the historical neighborhood of Sants.

  • Duration icon2h
    Participants icon1 - 6
    Offered in English, French
  • SANTS: old industry, working-class movements, modernism & urban trends

  • You will see and understand the changes in architecture in the historical neighborhood of Sants.

  • Duration icon2h
    Participants icon1 - 6
    Offered in English, French
  • Offered in English, French
  • Meet your host, David B
    Photo of David B

    I'm native from Barcelona and live in Sants neighborhood. I currently work in a hotel reception and tour guide freelance. I've studied Geography but I'm also interested in History, Urbanism and Gastronomy. I also like hiking and cycling, and travelling and getting to know other cultures.

  • What you will see and do

    A three-hour tour where you'll discover the main sites of the historic neighborhood of Sants: remains of old industries, heritage of modernist buildings nd contemporany urbanism trends.

    Sants is one of the original villages that surrounded the old town of Barcelona and that was annexed to Barcelona's municipality by the end of the XIXth century. By that period it had become one of the most industrialized areas of the city and one of most vibrant working-class areas. In the beginning of the XX century, it was one of the epicenters of Catalan anarco-syndicalism and paral·lelaly it witnessed the developement of a strong cooperative movement. Along the main boulevard of the neighborhood, carrer or carretera de Sants, we can also find serveral modernist buildings dating from that period and reflect the wealth of the local bougeoisie of the time. Sants has also longtime been an important crossroad of roads and railway -it is the south entrance of Barcelona-, and this has strongly conditionated the shape of the neighborhood. Sants is also reputated for its strong associative and cultural movement and for it's popular "Festa Major", that inlike with Gràcia's there is also the tradition of decorating streets.

    In this tour we will see what it remains of the big industries that once where there and will go through some examples of cooperative initiatives that have reflourished in recent years. Also I will mention some conflicts between neighbors and the local authorities that have appeared regarding specific urbanistic reforms and how neighbor associations are attempting to conditionate these urbanistic plans. In these sense, we will see interesting transformations from an urbanistic point of view like in the seventies of the surroundings of Sants train station or the Parc de l'Espanya Industrial, and more recently of the new Rambla de Sants or the old industrial complex of Can Batlló.

    After the tour I can suggest you places to eat or where to go have an appetizer and try some "bravas" or a home-made "vermut". Most of all I hope you enjoy it and have a nice walk whether you decide to book this tour!

  • Policy iconCancellation policy

  • The meeting point usually will be at plaça Joan Peiro, atthe southern exit of Estació de Sants. It is an ugly grey-pathed square with a big porch in the middle, I would wait for you under it. When you book I'll send you a map with the exact position.

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