Holidays to Sant Joan Despi
This part of town is often known as the TV3 quarter as it’s where the local Catalan TV station of that name is located. It used to be a cute little village where wealthy Barcelonese came to holiday, but it has now been absorbed into the expanded city. You’ll still see some of the older buildings, many are Art Deco, but now there are more sky-highs and communal parks. The metro straight into the centre takes about half an hour.
This is the city’s most central beach – you can walk straight from street to sand. It’s busy and vibrant.
Just by the modern, bright and shiny Olympic Port, this beach has a boardwalk and lots of amenities.
Church of Saint John the Baptist
There has been a church here since 1002. The current one was built in the 1920s, following a fire during the civil war.
Visit the house of the man responsible for most of Sant Joan Despi’s art deco buildings, Josep Maria Jujol.
If you want to stock up on Spanish goodies before you head home, head to Mercado de la Boquerio on La Rambla.
At this museum, you can see how people lived 2,000 years ago in Barcino, as Barcelona was once known.
Wander the streets and drop into a few different bars to sample a drink and a tapa from each, like the Catalans do.
Jamon, butifarra and lomo are just a few of the cured meats that you’ll find in markets and restaurants around town.
There are plenty of bars and places to eat in Sant Joan Despi if you’d rather keep it local.
The Born district
Wander the narrow old cobbles of this picturesque part of town, stopping at the al fresco bars as you go.
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