El Clot is one of the ten neighborhoods that form the lovely and peaceful district of Sant Martí, together with Poblenou, El Besòs i el Maresme, and La Verneda i La Pau. Clot is not a particularly famous neighborhood in the city and that is because it doesn’t have the same number of touristic sites that neighborhoods like El Gotico or Dreta de l’Eixample do, where famous buildings like Casa Batlló and Santa Eulalia’s Cathedral can be found. One of the reasons for this is that Clot is a relatively small neighborhood when compared to many others. Another reason is that Clot is a more traditional area of the city, with a strong Catalan spirit, and a lot of small local businesses.
So what is there to do and see in the Clot neighborhood?
Mercat del Clot
Mercat del Clot or Clot’s Market is one of the oldest markets in the city, having been built in the year of 1889. It was originally a place where the inhabitants of the area would gather to sell things they produced in their own land and with time and some remodeling, it became the market that is known today. Mercat del Clot is a great place to stop by for the freshest vegetables, fruit, cheese, meat and fish.
Location: Plaça del Mercat, 26
Parc del Clot
As most of the neighborhoods in the city, Clot has its own main park. Parc del Clot occupies an area of 3.5 acres, located between the town hall and the local market. The park was built during the 80s in a space where old factories and small workshops existed and today, parts of the original constructions still stand. Visitors can find old chimneys, archways, and walls from the past, which help give the park an atmospheric, historical feel. There is a beautiful aqueduct with a 25-meter high waterfall that was made from the original wall of RENFE’s old workshop. The park has plenty of space and green areas, which makes it a very pleasant place to take dogs for a walk or simply to spend some time outside.
Location: Carrer dels Escultores Claperos
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Centre Cultural de la Farinera del Clot
Centre Cultural de la Farinera del Clot is the neighborhood’s cultural center, which hosts a variety of sociocultural events, mainly in the areas of music and theater. The center is also involved in community-related and social transformation projects. Those who live in the neighborhood can go to the Centre Cultural de la Farinera del Clot for workshops and classes, such as arts, dance, and languages.
Location: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 837
Jardines del Clot de la Mel
Another nice exterior area in El Clot is the one of Clot de la Mel‘s Gardens. Much like Parc del Clot, these gardens exhibit traces of past times, with a chimney that evokes the industrial era. This area, which is roughly the size of a block, is filled with flowers during the spring and summer, which makes it a great place to sit and read a book or simply watch people go by.
Location: Carrer de Lope de Vega, 280
Centre Comercial Glòries
Strictly speaking, the Glòries shopping mall is not located in Clot. It is located right next to the lower edge of the neighborhood. This two-floor mall was inaugurated in 1995, in a dynamic area right next to 22@. The mall has an open-air section with restaurants, a movie theater, and some stores and an interior section with a large supermarket and many more stores, such as FNAC, Pull&Bear, and Guess.
Location: Avinguda Diagonal, 208
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Where to eat in El Clot
L’Olivera is a nice, traditional restaurant that serves a variety of dishes like Neapolitan chicken, leek and blue cheese quiche, and Catalan sausage with red sauce. They specialize in tapas, which, like their main dishes, are prepared only with products from the season.
Location: Carrer Escultors Claperos, 39
Marlen Tastets is a small, friendly restaurant with a friendly Catalan staff that makes every visitor feel at home. They serve delicious dishes like dragée duck with caramelized apple, cream peas with ham and acorn shavings, and cod with beans and eggplant.
Location: Carrer del Clot, 75
Ca la Margui
If you want a taste of traditional Catalan food, Ca la Margui is a good place to stop for a meal. There, you will be able to choose from dishes such as the fideuá, squids à la Romana, black rice, or Catalan sausage. They offer affordable menus of under 10€ which include a first dish, a second dish, bread, dessert and a drink.
Location: Carrer de la Sèquia Comtal, 7
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