The neighbourhood of El Guinardó is one of nine neighbourhoods that make up the extensive district of Horta-Guinardó. It is located on the slopes of Mount Carmel, in the upper part of the city of Barcelona.
It is a neighbourhood with a lot of history related to farmland and pastures, that originally provided essential products to the Ciudad Condal. El Guinardó is one of the neighbourhoods with the highest population density of all the neighbourhoods in the district of Horta-Guinardó.
You can find apartments for all profiles here, whether for families, couples without children, single people, or for students who want to share an apartment... If you have decided to rent an apartment in the district of Horta-Guinardó, in the neighbourhood of El Guinardó, you will find a great variety of properties at quite affordable prices, taking into account the high rental rates that can usually be charged in the city of Barcelona.
The neighbourhood of El Guinardó was an area surrounded by green fields, dedicated to agriculture in the past. Little by little, in the 20th century, it began to be populated by middle-class people looking for a place to spend their holiday, and soon it was filled with low terraced houses or two-floored single-family buildings with a backyard or garden.
When the area became in fashion, the population density increased considerably, and it quickly turned into one of the neighbourhoods of the district of Horta-Guinardó with more residents than anywhere else in the district.
Apartment buildings began to be built, and the area then got public transport to connect to the center of Barcelona. Therefore, the area has become one of the most demanded neighbourhoods, largely because of services that have gradually established and its parks.
However, interest has diminished after speculations of being one of the most densely populated areas. Luckily all this has not done any harm to the charm of the area, full of special buildings and its residential atmosphere. The neighbourhood is also known for its history of various local, political and cultural associations that contribute to the progressive air of the neighbourhood.
Rental prices in the area are relatively affordable, compared to other areas of the City of Barcelona such as the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district, or that of some neighbourhoods in Gracia, but they are similar to those in the neighbourhood of El Coll, for example.
You should definitely visit the Hospital de Santa Creu i Sant Pau in the neighbourhood of El Guinardó, created by the modernist architect Lluís Doménech i Montaner. It is a set of buildings designed for various functions, but basically for anything to do with health care.
The park of Guinardó is also worth spending some time. It is a large forest park that covers a big area in the neighbourhood. People take their dogs there; they take long walks or do some sports.
If you decide to rent a flat in Barcelona and are looking for a quiet place, that is well connected and has several green areas, the neighbourhood of El Guinardó is a very good option.