The area of Sants represents the largest population center and the largest neighborhood of Barcelona. It originated along the old road, which used to conduct to the Condal city. Sants's breakthrough came at the end of the first half of the nineteenth century, when they installed the big steamers, built the railway, and highway Sants went on to host many commercial establishments fleeing Barcelona taxes. The old rural town became an industrial suburb enjoyed during fifty years of municipal autonomy, until it was annexed to Barcelona in 1897 along with the rest of municipalities in the plan. With the growth of suburban population, large urban reforms in the neighborhood and surrounding areas have led to economic revitalization based on a progressive change of use towards the tertiary sector.
The train station Barcelona Sants is the focal point of the district and is the main train station in Barcelona, owned by ADIF, the agency of the Spanish state railway infrastructure. It has become the most important Catalan capital's transport hub; being the center of Catalonia Railways including suburban train services of Barcelona and regional services, as well as the main station of the city for the domestic and international destinations, also from here leave the direct trains to the airport. New parts of the station have been renovated to accommodate the Spanish AVE high speed train in the city, which began serving in 2008. There is also an international bus station of the same name.
Around the station are located several hotels that cater to people traveling on business. As for social life, there are a number of nice restaurants, plus some decent bars, among them the world famous Space Club.
La carretera de Sants is the main artery of the district, well-known for its very active commercial activity, you can find here all sort of shops, souvenir´s, restaurants, bars, clubs, leisure establishments, market, supermarkets etc. The area of Sants itself does not have many tourist attractions, but the ease with which you can travel to places of interest gives a plus. From here you can walk to the beautiful Plaza España and Montjuic, where you will find the Poble Espanyol, the Magic Fountain and the halls of Fira de Barcelona. If you walk to the other side will come to the Camp Nou, the fields of FC Barcelona. Las Ramblas are at ten minutes distance by the underground from here. There is an excellent transport combination in order to get any point of the city: busses, underground (Line 3, stops: Tarragona, Sants Estació, Plaça del Centre, Line 1, stops: Plaça de Sants, Hostafrancs, Line 5, stops: Sants Estació, Plaça de Sants) etc.
Sants is a quiet residential area away from the city but which can be accessed easily. The buildings are generally new built with all the modern facilities and amenities. The area is much more quiet and secure than the old parts of Barcelona, it may not be very beautiful but there is a good quality of life and can be an excellent option for seniors, families or those who enjoy a good walk.
Some apartments in this area