La Font de la Guatlla

On the Slopes of Montjuic

The tiny neighbourhood of Font de la Guatlla extends from a little beyond Plaça d'Espanya to Carrer de la Mineria on the Montjuïc side of Gran Via - to your left as you drive out of Barcelona.

Most of the houses close to Gran Via are modern and rather ugly but further up the hill between Carrer de la Guatlla and Carrer Dàlia you come to a cluster of lovely two-storey houses with gardens (pictured below).

The streets around here all take the names of flowers such as Dàlia, Lotus,  Hortènsia, Begònia and Crisantem as the small estate was originally conceived as a small garden city in the early 20th century.


Just outside the limits of the neighbourhood a little further up Montjuïc, you find the Poble Espanyol - a replica of different Spanish villages originally built for the Universal Exposition in Barcelona in 1929.

Located on Carrer de Mèxic, the other building of interest in La Font de la Guatlla is the old Casarramona textile factory designed by the great Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

Rather anachronistically, this delightful group of buildings was a barracks of the Policia Nacional until the the Caixa bank took it over and converted it into the CaixaForum art galleries in 2002.

Public Transport

There are no metro stations in Font de La Guatlla but within a short walk you'll find Metro Espanya, which is on the Red L1 Line, the Green L3 Line and the Llobregat-Anoia Line of the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat.

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