El Baix Guinardó is a neighbourhood with its own personality and, bordered by Camp d'en Grassot in Gràcia, Sagrada Familia in L'Eixample and Guinardó itself, is the part of the Horta-Guinardó District closest to Barcelona City Centre.
Today, most of the neighbourhood is organised on the grid system typical of the Eixample but you can still find small areas made up of isolated houses with gardens that hark back to the days when the neighbourhood was dominated by market gardens.
One of the most important elements in the development of Baix Guinardó was the decision by the Barcelona Water Company - Aguas de Barcelona - to locate a number of water towers providing water to the city here in the late 19th century.
Although mainly built to house the water towers, the property on a hill known as the Turó de Rovira was also home to the company president and the gardens housed an important exotic plant nursery and it was turned into the Parc de les Aigües in 1978.
The former home of the President of the Water Company is a fine
neomudéjar building built in 1890 by Enric Figueres known as the Casa de
les Altures, which now houses the Ajuntament or local council buildings
of the District of Horta-Guinardó.
Another very pleasant part of the neighbourhood is another park - the Jardins del Princep de Girona - which occupy the former barracks of the Cavalry of Girona.
On a negative side, the section of the Ronda del Mig known as the Ronda del Guinardó, which runs along the bottom of the Parc de les Aigües, divides the neighbourhood in two and is particularly ugly.
demolition of the overhead pass in 2011 means that El Baix Guinardó is
something more than the entrance to the tunnel del Turó de la Rovira.
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