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Sarrià

With its narrow streets and summer houses, Sarrià still retains its small-town air full of squares, hidden corners and shops. It is one of the neighbourhoods with the most green spaces in the city, full of Modernista buildings. It has desserts to remember and spicy chips, patates braves, to die for! The tranquility of Sarrià's streets is surprising but there is also has a challenge for the more curious visitors: finding the old cemetery.

Small-town spirit

The Sarrià neighbourhood still has the small-town air that so enthused the Catalan bourgeoisie in the 19th century: little streets and squares built around the high street, Carrer Major, narrow pavements on streets where neighbours greet one another as they pass by. Thanks to the craftsmen and middle classes who built their summer houses here, Sarrià became one of the most prosperous parts of Barcelona. The architecture reflects this splendour through the houses, many of them Modernista constructions, that can be found in the, on Passatge Mallofré or in Plaça Sant Vicenç.

Sweet, poetic walks

Near Plaça de Sarrià is Casa Orlandai , today the district's civic centre and a Modernista gem, with interior decoration and stained glass windows that make it worth visiting and even a having a coffee in the interior terrace. Taking a stroll round Sarrià would not be the same without stopping to admire the mouth-watering window displays at the Foix cake shop, a veritable institution in the neighbourhood. With over 125 years of history behind it, this patisserie has sweetened the life of many Barcelona folk. The writer J. V. Foix, the son of its founder, swapped sweets for poems to become one of the leading literary lights of the Catalan arts. Moving from pastries to fried potatoes at Bar Tomàs, on Carrer Major, you can try what are considered to be the best patates bravesin the city.

Sarrià was independent until 1921, when it was annexed by Barcelona. Despite that, it has retained its spirit of independent amid big Barcelona. Strolling round its squares and streets, pay attention to the houses and shops: they whisper the history of a small town that remains faithful to its essence.

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