Horta-Guinardó is located in the north-east part of Barcelona, between the districts of Gràcia and Nou Barris, in a wide valley enclosed on both sides by hill and knolls, and by the Parc de Collserola to the north. The development of the area mainly took place in the 1950s, around the original settlement: the then separate village of Horta. Other neighbourhoods were also being built at the time, such as El Carmel, Vall d’Hebron, La Clota and La Font d’en Fargues, and we can discover true gems of avant-garde architecture nestling on the hillsides in these districts of Barcelona. In contrast, in the old village, which only became a part of Barcelona in 1904, small squares and narrow streets remind us of its rural past.
Together with first-rate healthcare facilities, such as the Vall d’Hebron medical complex and the Llars Mundet hospital, the district has outstanding green areas which include part of the Parc de Collserola, the Parc dels Tres Turons and the wonderful Parc del Laberint, as well as major sporting facilities such as the Centre Municipal de Tenis, the Palau d’Esports de Barcelona and the Velòdrom d’Horta. The highest points in the area boast superb views of Barcelona; these include the Mirador d’Horta.
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