The neighborhood of Sant Andreu de Palomar derives its name from the old church consecrated to the Apostle. Andrew, Peter’s brother and, like himself, born at Bethsaida, was the first apostle to recognize Jesus and to quit being a fisherman to follow him and to preach His doctrine, as mentioned in the Bible. This saint preached in Asia Minor and in Greece until, in the year 63, under the reign of Nero, he was taken prisoner and condemned to die on a cross in the shape of a blade. The toponym of Palomar, on the other hand, could indicate that this was an area abundant in turtledoves or wild pigeons. However, it seems that this land was also very favorable for farming and agriculture, activities which lasted till the industrial era, when the countryside gave way to factories. Sant Andreu de Palomar was an independent town until April 20, 1897 when it signed the Aggregation Decree to Barcelona, subsequently being annexed to the metropolis.
Restaurant-tavern CAN ROCA carrer Gran de Sant Andreu, 209 Phone 933 465 701 There is an exceptional menu in this old-fashion and lively bar. It’s one of those bars where the owner recites the menu out loud to his customers.
OCEAN PACIFIC WOK carrer de l’Ajuntament, 1 Phone 933 467 024 Japanese food: wok, sushi, sashimi… You have more than a hundred plates to choose from!
CHURRERIA-CHOCOLATERÍA MARISA carrer Gran de Sant Andreu, 241 Phone 933 118 754 Taste the delicious suissos (chocolate with whipped cream on top) that they make. You can accompany them with xurros (fritter sticks) or with melindros (sponge fingers). And on summer make sure and try their orxata (ground almond or tigernut beverage). Closed on Tuesdays.
MUSEUM OF LA MAQUINISTA TERRESTRE I MARÍTIMA carrer de Ferran Junoy, 10 (dentro del parque de la Maquinista) Phone 933 075 700 www.fundaciolamaquinistamacosa.com As a tribute to this machinery factory, that was founded in 1855, has been opened this museum, which is only open on Saturdays from 17 to 22h.
PARROQUIA DE SANT ANDREU DEL PALOMAR carrer Pont, 3 (cerca de la plaça Órfila) Phone 933 450 959 Situated before the town hall, on the plaça d’Orfila, on the same spot that more than a thousand years ago was erected as the first church consecrated to Sant Andreu. Presently, there are efforts underway to try and save the cupola of this church, which caved in the year 1882. Behind the church is the train station of Sant Andreu Comtal.
LIBRARY IGNASI IGLÉSIAS (CAN FABRA) carrer del Segre 24-32 Phone 933 600 550 Located within the premises of the old manufacturing factory of Frabra i Coats. In 2006, some old-time workers of this well-known factory got together to create the Association of Friends of Fabra i Coats, with the objective of keeping alive the historic memory of this textile mill, founded in nineteenth century by Fabra i Puig, a figure that takes us to the next stop.