Located in northwest Barcelona, St Just Desvern and Esplugues de Llobregat are spacious inner suburbs that provide plenty of green space, tennis clubs, and even horse-riding facilities. Both areas are popular with expatriates and convenient for the American School of Barcelona. A car is essential here as there are no metros or trains, and buses to the city centre take over an hour.
However, traffic congestion can be a real problem when driving to work. These suburbs are completely self-sufficient, with plenty of supermarkets and small, traditional shops.
South of St Gervasi and nearer to the heart of the old city, Esquerra Eixample is a busy area with many restaurants, bars and shops. Eixample is divided into a right- and left-hand section Dreta and Esquerra but both have the same octagonal grid formation that typifies Barcelona.
The FGC suburban train, metro and buses provide good transport links. There are three buildings designed by Gaudi close by, and La Rambla de Catalunya, with its perfect low-angle view of Mount Tibidabo, is fantastic for walking.
Originally built to house athletes for the Olympics, Vila Olimpica is close to the bars and restaurants of the pleasure port. The beach is easily reachable, and there are opportunities for running, cycling, roller blading, sailing and wind surfing. The area attracts both tourists and locals, and tends to get busy on weekends. Most apartment buildings here have very good light, are three or four floors high and provide a community garden and swimming pool.
Quality was sometimes sacrificed in the rush to finish them, and sound insulation can be poor. Nevertheless, rents are expensive. There are supermarkets, shops and a cinema, but the best international schools are at least an hour away. The metro and bus services connect the area to the centre of town, but commuters will need to transfer between lines for destinations in the north and west of the city. Castelldefels and Gava are around 12 miles 20km south of Barcelona, and close to fine, sandy beaches that fill with city dwellers in summer.
Accommodation is mainly in the form of houses, some of which are partitioned off as summer apartments without heating facilities.
Trains in and out of Barcelona are convenient and frequent, reaching the city centre in less than 20 minutes. Several shopping malls can be reached by car in 15 minutes, as can the airport. Frequent trains connect it to the centre of Barcelona in around 20 minutes.
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This lookout offers the most complete view of Barcelona and the bay. The park supports a wide variety of wildlife, notably several of the non-native species of parrot found in the Barcelona area. Other birds can be seen from the park, with records including short-toed eagle. The park also supports a population of hummingbird hawk moths. Doric columns support the roof of the lower court which forms the central terrace, with serpentine seating round its edge.
The unique shape of the serpentine bench enables the people sitting on it to converse privately, although the square is large. Roadway in the Park - resembles the pine trees of the park. In order to fit in, the road and walkway structures between the terraces were built with stones quarried within the park. Bird nests have been installed in the walkways. One of the three viaducts located within the park. Colonnaded footpath under the roadway viaduct, with external columns sloping to take the diagonal thrust from the vault supporting the road.
Colonnaded pathway where the road projects out from the hillside, with the vaulting forming a retaining wall which curves over to support the road, and transmits the load onto sloping columns. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This section possibly contains original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations.
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