Sant Gervasi-Galvany

Uptown Barcelona Close to the City Centre

Running to the right of Avinguda Diagonal, Sant Gervasi-Galvany is the neighbourhood closest to Barcelona City Centre in the District of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi.

The name is a combination of the former municipality of Sant Gervasi de Cassoles with that of a nearby urbanisation - the  Camp d'en Galvany begun in 1866 by Josep Galvany Castelló.

To this day, the local market - Mercat de Galvany - between Carrers Santaló and Amigó remains the heart of this well-to-do neighbourhood.

Cut across by Via Augusta and Carrer Muntaner and bordered by Avinguda Diagonal and Ronda General Mitre, the Sant Gervasi-Galvany neighbourhood as we know it today, when plots of land close to the former funfair at what is now Turó Parc, began to be developed in 1866.


This area between Carrer Sagués and Carrer Amigó is the oldest part of this select neighbourhood.

Turó Park, which incidentally previously had included the Velodromo de la Bonanova, one of FC Barcelona's early grounds, provides along with Parc de Monterols and the tiny Parc de Moragues green space in this otherwise upmarket residential barri, which has its commercial and business areas along Carrer Muntaner and close to Diagonal.

Today this is a neighbourhood with a lively nightlife due to the large number of bars, restaurants and nightspots, especially around Carrer Santaló and the surrounding streets as well streets such as Carrer Beethoven close to Diagonal.

From a British point of view, especially if you are a language teacher, Barcelona British Council is located at the top of Carrer Amigó close to Via Augusta.

It is also worth pointing out that the whole of Plaça Francesc Macià is technically located within the boundaries of Sant Gervasi-Galvany, which is one the reasons why many upper-middle class Barcelonans consider this rather than Plaça de Catalunya to be Barcelona's main square.

Public Transport

As far as public transport is concerned, the Trambaix Tram Line terminus is at Plaça Francesc Macià and the neighbourhood is well-served by buses but has no metro stations.

The railway line to Sarrià has traditionally been a defining feature of the neighbourhood, although for many years the fact that it ran overground badly affected mobility.

Today, the old lines run underground as part of the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat, and includes the Gràcia, Sant Gervasi, Muntaner and Bonanova FGC Stations.

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