SARRIÀ – SANT GERVASI
The district of Sarria – Sant Gervasi is made up of what were once two old villages on the outskirts of Barcelona, hence its name. During the XIX century Sarriá was a second residence to the Catalan bourgeoisie who during the summer or the weekend would abandon their luxurious flats to escape all the hustle and bustle of life in the Eixample.
Sarriá is one of the richest and most expensive neighbourhoods in Barcelona. It was an independent village until 1921 date of its annexation to Barcelona despite popular discontent. Sectors its divided into are: Sarriá Vell, Santa Amèlia, Can Ponsic-Caputxins, Sagrat Cor-Can Caralleu and Can Pomaret-Peu del Funicular.
It’s a rather quiet residential area boasting many green spaces and a great number of prestigious schools in what were once mansions. A markedly Modernista neighbourhood we may appreciate views of the city from Carretera de les Aigues, a walkway that circles Collserola mountain.
As a neighbourhood that retains much of its good old-fashioned traditions, in particular one inherited from its agricultural past that captures its essence as the popular saying recites “Sarriá: Vents, torrents, torres i convents”. ( “Sarrià: Winds, Rivers, Towers and Convents”)