The neighbourhood of La Guineueta is one of the nine original neighbourhoods of , which literally means Nine Neighbourhoods.
Lying on the Barcelona side of the Ronda de Dalt ring road in the heart of Nou Barris, the neighbourhood comprises two separate zones and for your information La Guineueta means Little Vixen in Catalan, which was the name of a mas or Catalan country house in the area.
In the northern section, we have the Guineueta estate made up of four-storey buildings comprising small but well-distributed flats.
I have to admit I like this part of town as since the early 1990s, the green spaces between the blocks give it a kind of garden-city feel.
The main attraction, though, is the lovely Parc de la Guineueta, which with its Little Vixen sculpture is one of the most refreshing parks in Barcelona.
The Barcinova and Calinova estates are to be found in the south of the neighbourhood closer to Barcelona City Centre.
Separated from each other by the Passeig de Valldaura, Barcinova and Calinova were built in the 1970s but following a remodelation in 1998 have become, in many respects, the much-needed centre of Nou Barris.
Here you will find the old Institut Mental de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, which dates from 1889, and is now administrative home to Nou Barris housing the Ajuntament, the Biblioteca Nou Barris, Barcelona Activa, the Guàrdia Urbana and the company Pro Nou Barris.
Just opposite is Plaça Major de Nou Barris and next to it the Fòrum Nord de la Tecnologia, which houses various business initiatives and technology projects.
This whole area is set in the modern Parc Central de Nou Barris, which when complete will stretch as far as Plaça Karl Marx making it the largest public park in Barcelona.
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