L’Hospitalet de Llobregat is the second largest city in Catalonia and the 16th largest in Spain all together. Travelers who enjoy a good time watching the hustle and bustle of a lively city are sure to enjoy this one, as it famous for being one of the most densely populated cities in the European Union. With a reputation that was far from reputable in the past, to its up and coming economy based from the city’s new financial center, this city is booming with regeneration and new construction to build a true metropolitan region. Travelers should come packed with a camera, as much of the new skyscrapers of the city are of rather unique and eye catching architecture.
Location: Densely Populated Along the Coast
The region of where the city is constructed fall into two different geographical sections: La Marina which consists of mainly coastal lines and El Samonta which consists of scenic hills and elevated areas. Improved build of public transportation has made getting around the area much easier for tourists and locals the same. Though the beautiful skyscrapers are easy on the eyes, there are still suburbia regions that are in need of improvement. Do not be shy, as the residents in these suburb areas that surround the El Prat Airport treat guests like they would their own family.
Business: Financial Center and Building on Surburbia
There are seven administrative districts in the area. District 1 holds the historical center of the city, which leads the way to history museums, libraries, and cultural centers. District 2 hosts one of the largest holiday celebrations, which take place at the beginning of every summer at the Espanyola square and Torrassa. Other than the administrative districts, urban construction has taken over the town center with improved transportation and promises from government to build more on the city’s infrastructure.
Culture: Hospitality at its Finest
Being in a small region, the dense population of approximately 259,000 is rich in culture. Over 20% of the city’s residential population was born outside of Spain, with the larger numbers of other residents coming from countries of the European Union. Locally owned businesses are big on hospitality and welcoming visitors with open arms, even if you don’t speak their language. If exploring restaurants is at the top of your list, arrive early as the neighborhoods wake up in the mornings and get things rolling.
Activities: Parks, Amusement Park, and Museums
Travelers who are looking for some adventure, tourist favorite cable car that leads to the amusement park atop Tibidabo will get you to all of the fun, however trekking by foot is also an option for those who are more athletically inclined. The Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya offers viewings of permanent exhibitions of the Catalunya and Balearic Islands from the prehistoric to Middle Ages. To see an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gaudí Park features an unfinished project that aimed towards a harmonious combination of urban and natural landscapes. Though the built houses and gardens are left unfinished, travelers are left with a sense of intellect and memories of spectacular architecture.