El Baix Guinardó

Parc de les Aigües and the Ronda del Mig

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.


However, the 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.

Metro Station



Have Something To Say About This Topic?

Do you have a great information to add or an opinion to express about on this topic? Share it!


comments powered by Disqus

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.




Profiles: Google | Barcelona Travel Facebook Page | Barcelona Expert on ScoopIt! |



This Week's Featured Activities

Wine Tours and Enotourism

There's a wide range of tours and trips associated with wine or cava production in the Barcelona Province.

Barcelona Wine Tours and Enotourism

Click Here To See A Range Of Wine Trips and Tours

Sagrada Familia Tickets

Basic Entrance To The Sagrada Familia + Audio Guide + Guided Tour

Sagrada Familia Tickets

Click Here To Book Your Sagrada Familia Tickets

Barcelona GoCar

The Barcelona GoCar is a GPS-driven two-seater that offers planned itineraries of Barcelona's major sights.

Barcelona GoCar

Click Here To Book Your Barcelona GoCar Tour


Festival Jardins Pedralbes

The Festival Jardins de Pedralbes takes place in June and July and features international and Spanish stars.

Festival Jardins de Pedralbes

Click Here to Book Jardins de Pedralbes Tickets