Horta-Guinardó

This hilltop neighborhood keeps it simple–unless you're game to lose yourself in its hedge maze.

Though diverse in character and population, Horta-Guinardó has one defining characteristic: steepness. Tucked between Barcelona's hills, the neighborhood's steep streets and narrow stairwells raise the heart rates of its hardiest locals. The promise of its precipitous climb might contribute to the fact that many residents live and work within the neighborhood. While Horta-Guidnardó features all the creature comforts of a suburb (and a hedge maze!) it lacks the glitz of trendy nightspots or extensive retail options.

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On the Map

Horta-Guinardó is bordered by La Teixonera, Can Baro, El Congrés i els Indians, El Coll, Navas, Turó de la Peira - Can Peguera, El Baix Guinardó, La Font d'en Fargues, and La Vall d'Hebron

El Prat Airport: 20 minutes without traffic or 60 minutes by public transit
Sants Station: 30 minutes by public transit
Plaça Catalunya: 25 minutes by public transit
Sagrada Família: 15 minutes by public transit

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A Hilltop Neighborhood Removed from the Rush of the City

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Horta-Guinardó defies the idea that Barcelona is flat.

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This hilly neighborhood emanates a slow, residential calm.

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Horta-Guinardó's quietude might lead you to believe you're far away from the city, but the neighborhood remains well-connected to its bustling core.

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Other than the foot traffic from one of Barcelona's busiest hospitals, Vall d'Hebrón, Horta-Guinardó's residents enjoy the feel of a tiny town without having to stray from big-city proximity.

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Follow the neighborhood staircases to the top and you'll be pleased with what greets your eyes.

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Guinardó grants the most surreal vistas of Barcelona stretched to the sea.

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At the top, all is calm.

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All is bright.

What a pleasure to come back to this peaceful neighborhood on top of a hill to overlook the city and admire the sunset from the top terrace!"
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Nicolas

Visited in 2012

Independent Cafes In a Casual Atmosphere

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Horta-Guinardó's small-town atmosphere is reflected in its casual cafes and markets.

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Fruit and fresh bread offer the perfect beginnings to a picnic in the neighborhood park.

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Grab a bocadillo and a plate of patatas bravas to keep you company while you spend the day in one of Guinardó's green spaces.

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Con chocolate.

A quiet neighborhood, which is the best option for those who enjoy getting in touch with the real [local] life, being 20 minutes away from the downtown."
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Olya

Visited in 2013

Navigating the Neighborhood Labyrinth

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Guinardó's hills hide a few neighborhood surprises.

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Palatial gardens and exquisitely trimmed hedges bloom at Laberint d'Horta, the oldest historical garden of its kind in Barcelona.

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Parks and Recreation In Horta-Guinardó

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Horta-Guinardó takes its name from the surname of the family who once owned this hilltop territory.

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On its own, "horta" means orchard, and the neighborhood's green park spaces properly fit the nomenclature.

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Bike, hike, and see the city from your perch in Horta-Guinardó's hills.

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Stroll through the quietude of Parc de Guinardó, a favorite local place to find peace.

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Found it.

The Look of the Quiet Life

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Residential and calm, a pleasant hush blankets Horta-Guinardó.

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Its high rises rise high into Barcelona's hills.

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They offer something nearly no other neighborhood can.

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A view like this.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

The Weaver House

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Hannah and Kelty are twin sisters from Portland, Oregon. After studying foreign languages together at Stanford University they parted ways, moving to Barcelona & San Francisco. Re-uniting in 2010, they launched The Weaver House: a collaboration in photography, design, and fashion. They shoot with polaroid, 35mm and digital, gravitating toward organic and unique personalities, spaces, and unions.

Iciar J. Carrasco

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Freelance Photographer and Graphic Designer currently based in Madrid, Spain. Discovered her love for cameras at an early age when she got her first Polaroid. Loves photographing food before eating it, traveling and capturing scenes from different places or taking portraits of people. Also loves designing publications, paper, printing techniques and dreams of mixing all these with photography, creating a lifestyle magazine in the future.