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Discover the B side of Barcelona with Wanderful and Native Walks

Wanderful Barcelona Girls inside Celler Gelida
Wanderful Barcelona Girls inside Celler Gelida

Last April Wanderful and Native Walks joined forces to offer Wanderful Barcelona members the opportunity to get away from the touristy Barcelona and discover the B side of this wanderful city.

Rubén, who is one of the founders of Native walks, took us on an off-the-beaten-track visit to a neighborhood which has a strong Catalan identity: Sants!

The tour lasted more than 4 hours but we didn’t see the time pass learning interesting things about our city, eating at hidden places and being delighted by some unexpected surprises!

Sants is one of the 11 districts that make up the city of Barcelona. It was an independent village until 1897.

We started the tour with a big surprise: a visit to the town hall of Sants district. Our group had an exclusive visit guided by the tourism director! We were amazed by the beauty of this building.

 

Sants town hall ceiling

The beautiful Sants town hall ceiling

Meeting room in Sants town hall

Meeting room in Sants town hall

The Goddess of agriculture, one of the symbols of Sants district

The Goddess of agriculture, one of the symbols of Sants district

The Gegants of Sants, an interesting and fun tradition of all the districts in Barcelona

The Gegants of Sants, an interesting and fun tradition of all the districts in Barcelona

We also learnt why the street that joins Barcelona with Sants district is called “Creu Coberta”. In the old times there used to be a cross that marked the limits between Sants village and Barcelona city. This cross was covered and that’s where the name comes from: Creu Coberta means Covered Cross in Catalan. Nowadays, there is a replica of this covered cross in Sants town hall as the original one was destroyed.

Another highlight was the visit to This lovely winery has been run by the same family for 4 generations (since 1895).

Wanderful Barcelona Girls inside Celler Gelida

Wanderful Barcelona Girls inside Celler Gelida

Besides we got great insights from Rubén to eat at unusual places such as where to get the best croquetas in Barcelona, visit the only church designed by Le Corbusier in Barcelona, find out where the Coque of Sants was created…. I would recommend you to take a tour with Native Walks because it is better to live these experiences rather than being told about them, don’t you think?

You can get further information about Native Walks in their website or Facebook page.

Carmen Rider
Local organizer, Barcelona
Carmen Rider often feels that life is too short to experience all she wants to do. Her greatest passions are traveling, theatre and connecting with inspiring people. She’s been traveling since she was a child and some of the best moments of her life have happened while she was far from home. She believes that the magic of trips lies in people, whether they are the friends you travel with or the new people you meet. Carmen runs her own company in Barcelona, Spain for Real, a travel company that organizes trips in Spain for people who seek the genuine Spain and want a different travel experience. For her, making people travel in Spain and having the chance to meet and interact with them is another way of traveling.

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