Sant Pere/Santa Caterina

Productive workdays and playful evenings characterize this residential central Barcelona neighborhood.

A bohemian enclave that shares a penchant for fun and frivolity with neighboring El Born, Sant Pere/Santa Caterina reveres its blue-collar past and cheers its boutique-minded future. Despite its many reasons to brag, this artisanal and artistic neighborhood remains unpretentious. As the night begins, Sant Pere/Santa Caterina rises to the occasion–its many bars and cafes sustain convivial chatter until the early morning hours.

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On the Map

Sant Pere/Santa Caterina is within Ciutat Vella and bordered by El Born, El Gòtic, el Fort Pienc, La Vila Olímpica, Glòries - El Parc, La Barceloneta, Dreta de l'Eixample, Eixample, and Sant Martí

El Prat Airport: 20 minutes by car without traffic or 40 minutes by public transit
Sants Station: 20 minutes by public transit
Plaça Catalunya: 10 minutes by public transit
Sagrada Família: 15 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
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A Lively Niche In Barcelona's "Old City"

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The neighborhoods of Sant Pere and Santa Caterina are part of Barcelona's most famous district, Ciutat Vella, or "Old City."

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Sant Pere/Santa Caterina locals love their neighborhood's lack of excessive foot traffic.

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Unlike El Born and El Raval, Sant Pere/Santa Caterina manages to feel a little bit off the beaten path despite its proximity to the city's center.

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Large-scale development has yet to find its way into Sant Pere/Santa Caterina.

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Instead, small businesses and local shops make up the neighborhood.

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Small tables nestle inside small cafes.

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Small venues host intimate events.

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Small exchanges make significant differences.

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This is the neighborhood that has attracted artists. One walk down its lively, cafe-lined streets will show you why."
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Bohemian Renewal

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Artisans, artists, and designers increasingly make their homes in the neighborhood because of its less trafficked and less transient atmosphere.

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Locals love it for its "unpopularity."

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If you ask them, they'll admit it.

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"Sant Pere/Santa Caterina is the place to be."

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The neighborhood's hand-crafted details and ageless corner cafes set it apart from central counterparts like El Raval.

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Its contemporary eateries take notes from some of the neighborhood's, and some of the city's, oldest restaurants.

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Its upcycled thrift shops take notes from Barcelona's trendiest vintage enthusiasts.

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In Sant Pere/Santa Caterina, the new and the old harmoniously blend together.

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A Perfect Meal at Mercat de Santa Caterina

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El Mercat attracts food-lovers from all backgrounds to Santa Caterina.

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Fresh seafood and freshly-prepared tapas-style tastings entice the senses.

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Nighttime In the Center of the City

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Sant Pere/Santa Caterina's daytime attitude carries over into its nightlife activities.

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Unlike the raucous nighttime scenes of El Born and El Raval, this neighborhood approaches the evening with a little more composure.

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It's less loud in Sant Pere/Santa Caterina.

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There's generally an open bar stool and a friendly bartender to be found.

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Work hard and relax seriously.

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Getting Lost In Sant Pere: Parc de la Ciutadella

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Seventy acres of park space graces the ground of Sant Pere/Santa Caterina.

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Parc de la Ciutadella boasts stretches of winding, sinewy trails on one side and pragmatic, orderly sidewalks on the other. It also holds Barcelona's zoo, the one-time home of the famous albino gorilla, Snowflake.

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Biking, skateboarding, strolling, and cosplaying is popular in Parc de la Ciutadella.

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It's often busy, but visitors can find solace.

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A Residential View of Sant Pere

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Sant Pere/Santa Caterina may be setting new precedents and embracing new trends, but its stone side streets and flickering lamps still evidence its roots in the "Old City."

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Photography

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

Lindsay Murphy

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Lindsay Murphy is a freelance photographer from Boston, Massachusetts. Her work mainly focuses on architecture, children, weddings, food and wine. As a new Barcelona resident, photographing Barcelona for Airbnb was the perfect way for her to quickly establish an intimate relationship with the city. She is currently photographing her way around Spain.

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.