Sant Adrià de Besòs is a tiny municipality within the comarca of El Barcelonès, which is located on the Mediterranean coast, straddling the estuary of the river Besòs between Barcelona and Badalona.
It feels very much like an extension of Barcelona and it is actually quite difficult to tell when you've crossed the municipal boundary. In fact, I've wondered why such a small town with a population of only around 35,000 inhabitants exists in its own right at all.
The population is made up mainly of Spanish immigrants who came to the area in the 1960s and 1970s and the economy is mainly service-based with a small manufacturing sector made up of medium-sized companies specialising in metal-work, chemistry, and construction.
Sant Adrià has a beach but is best known for the three chimney of the now closed Besòs power termal station, which stand out against the skyline and almost the antithesis of the Sagrada Familia have become an icon for the town.
As you can see from the map below Sant Adrià de Besòs is made up of the neighbourhoods of Sant Adrià Nord, Sant Joan Baptista, La Verneda, La Catalana, El Besòs and La Mina.
By Car: C-31 highway comes directly from Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes in Barcelona to Mataró and intersects perpendicularly with Ronda del Litoral (B-10 motorway) in the middle of town, allowing B-10 to be linked with Ronda de Dalt (B-20 motorway) at Nus de la Trinitat. Other roads serving Sant Adrià include the national route N-II parallel to Maresme's coastline and the local road BV-5001 towards Montornès del Vallès and La Roca del Vallès in the northern part of the municipality.
By Bus: 6 bus routes run through the municipality, 5 of them are local bus routes operated by Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) to and from Barcelona, 8 are interurban routes within Barcelonès, and 3 are night routes.
By Train: Barcelona Local Trains R1 Line stops at Sant Adrià de Besòs train station, located in the eastern part of the town.
By Tram: There are 7 stops on the Trambesòs section of the Barcelona Tram Line.
If you understand some Catalan, you can find up to date news about Badalona on the Ajuntament de Sant Adrià de Besòs Website.