Santa Coloma de Gramenet is an inland municipality in the comarca of El Barcelonès bordering the Barcelona districts of Sant Andreu and Nou Barris on the banks of the River Besòs on one side and Montcada i Reixac, Badalona and Sant Adrià de Besòs on the others.
With a population of around 120,000 inhabitants, Santa Coloma grew massively in the 1960s and 1970s with the arrival of mass immigration from other parts of Spain, Andalusia in particular, and the town remains home to new waves of immigration.
However, the town retains a historic centre and various monuments that pay testament to Santa Coloma's long and illustrious history, which dates back to at least 1019, when the town is mentioned in a parchment signed by the Count of Barcelona, Ramon Berenguer I.
Apart from the Plaça de la Vila or Town Square and the main church, two of the finest monuments are the medieval Torre Balldovina and the renaissance Torre Pallaresa and going even further you can find the ruins of an Iberian settlement at Puig Castellar.
As you can see from the map below Santa Coloma de Gramenet is made up of the neighbourhoods of Safarejos, El Raval, Riu, Santa Rosa, Can Mariner, Fondo, Centre, Cementeri Vell, Riera Alta, Llatí, Singuerlín, Oliveres and Can Franquesa.
Santa Coloma de Gramenet is well-served by the Barcelona metro system with the following stations on the L1 and L9 lines.
Red L1 Line: Santa Coloma, Fondo
Orange L9 Line: Can Peixauet, Can Zam, Església Major, Fondo, Santa Rosa and Singuerlín
If you understand some Catalan, you can find up to date news about Badalona on the Ajuntament de Santa Coloma de Gramenet Website.