Hospitalet de Llobregat is a modern metropolis that buzzes with dynamic design and industrial impetus. As one of Europe’s most densely populated cities, the sprawling streets are perpetually awash with activity. Bustling bars, refined restaurants and cosmopolitan clubs comprise the city’s incredible gastronomic and entertainment scene, while traditional markets and intriguing museums nurture the region’s rich Catalonian culture. Hospitalet de Llobregat’s proximate position to Barcelona makes it a superb springboard from which to explore Catalonia’s captivating capital.
Hospitalet de Llobregat’s skyline competes with New York for the sheer volume of enormous and extravagant modern buildings. Dynamically designed skyscrapers punctuate the city, giving a decidedly contemporary air to this thriving city. Most notable are the Toyo Ito Towers, vibrant and undulating structures which reflect the sun’s rays.
A museum that successfully harnesses the city’s metropolitan modernity is the spectacular Centre d’Art Teca Sala, a multi-faceted museum which specialises in the presentation of cutting edge contemporary art. Distinctive floors are categorised by national and international pieces, all of which are sure to provoke imagination and inspiration.
Jump from the classic to the contemporary with a visit to the Mercadillo de los Pajaritos, a traditional melange of colourful stalls selling an eclectic selection of items. Listen to the cheerful chirping of birds whiles sampling tempting tapas dishes and perusing stalls selling clothes and artisan goods.
Taste the rich and robust flavours of traditional Catalonian cuisine at Bar Can Pepito, an atmospheric eatery whose spectacular traditional tapas allures hordes of tourists and locals. Locally sourced produce is expertly prepared in order to create delicate and delicious dishes designed to showcase the sublime specialities of the region. (Avenida Severo Ochoa 49, 08906 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain)