LES CORTS: A LAYOUT OF STREETS & SQUARES
This neighborhood is the oldest in the district and still retains the original urban layout of the old village of Les Corts. The urban landscape is diverse and heterogeneous due the coexistence of different architectural styles, representing various periods of time and uses. From the historic center with narrow pedestrian alleyways, to the large-scale urban spaces on Avenida Diagonal, consisting of modern office buildings, hotels and shopping areas.
The area known as Camp de la Creu (“Camp of the Cross”), on the eastern side of the district, was named after the cross that once stood there at the village entrance.
In the late 19th century, the neighborhood’s main streets and the Plaza del Carmen were built, and industrialization of the area began with the installation of schools, universities, and factories.
The Squares of Can Rosés, de la Concordia and Comas are located on a central strip, between the streets Travessera de les Corts and Deu i Mata, which are the center of the former urban core.
The areas of Can Novell, Plaça del Centre and Can Sol de Baix, between Travessera Street and Avenida de Madrid, were recently urbanized, as was the site of the FC Barcelona football team fields between 1920 and 1960.
Although the sector is not located in the central part of the city, it is adjacent to the central "Eixample" district, and extremely well connected by subway and bus lines. On its major boulevards, such as Avenida Diagonal, there is intense urban activity, with shops, restaurants, and malls.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
- Historic Center: the oldest part of the neighborhood. It’s narrow streets and squares still maintain their small town atmosphere.
- L'illa Diagonal: large multifunctional building that houses offices, hotels, and on the ground floor, a shopping center. Designed by the Spanish architects Rafael Moneo and Manuel de Solà-Morales, and opened in 1993. (Av. Diagonal 555)