Sant Andreu is one of those neighborhoods which once have been a village apart from Barcelona, named Sant Andreu de Palomar, that already in the eleventh century was famous for its vineyards and irrigation that flourished along the Rec Comtal, the channel that carried water from the river Besòs.
The district grew rapidly during the nineteenth century, due to the heat of industrialization and, finally, in 1897, was added to Barcelona. From the mid-twentieth century the district saw the arrival of thousands of new residents and experienced huge development by all means. Nowadays it is a new residential area, which offers to its inhabitants and visitors all the basic services and infrastructure necessary for the comfortable and pleasant stay.
The heart of Sant Andreu is the square Orfila, where stand the district's headquarters (Casa de la Vila, renovated in 1915) and the parish church (designed by an illustrious son of the neighborhood, the modernist architect Pere Falqués i Urpí during the second half of the nineteenth century). It is considered as one of the most beautiful squares in the neighborhood, with its air of village square and its unique clock, which seems to be designed for short-sighted people who had left eye glasses at home.
The square has a big volume of Commerce and leisure places as restaurants, bars, supermarkets, souvenir's, municipal market and many others. Behind the church there is the square of the Station, an ideal place to sit in the nice terrace bars and have a drink in hot days.
The main streets of the area are: Carrer Gran de Sant Andreu, Meridiana Avenue, Paseo de Fabra i Puig, Felipe II, etc. These are wide avenues with an amazing commercial animation and entertainment establishments, in the both sides of them.
There is a huge shopping mall La Maquinista, where the visitors can find all class of the clothes shops, boutiques, perfumeries, beauty salons, food establishments, cinemas, clubs etc. It houses also the Museum of the Machine.
Generally the area is residential and quiet; the buildings are new with spacious apartments, which can offer more quietness and life quality than the apartments in the historical centre of the city, ideal for the tourists who look for the silent, quality accommodation, relaxing ambience. There are plenty of lovely parks and green zones, really pleasant place where to spend evening time.
There is a train station Sant Andreu Comtal, where you can take the suburban and regional trains and visit the close towns of Barcelona. The district is perfectly connected to the city centre by the large number of municipal buses and underground system (Line 1, stops: Navas, La Sagrera, Fabra i Puig, Sant Andreu, Torres i Bages), soon will be inaugurated the high-speed train (AVE) station La Sagrera as well.
The distance from the main street Las Ramblas and the tourist attraction points is approximately 15-20 minutes by the underground, so it is not very far from sightseeing Barcelona.
Some apartments in this area