Barcelona also has an emergency scheme and will have a low emission zone in place.
Barcelona has progressively transformed the historic centre ("Ciutat Vella") into a pedestrian zone during certain times of the day. The access is regulated with pylons and by a central control unit.

Barcelona has also established a concept called superblocks/supermanzanas. This concept keeps transit traffic out of the superblocks. These are defined through a set of basic roads which form a polygon or inner area, and contain within them a public space geared toward the citizen.

In these parts of Barcelona the superblock concept has already been established:
- Gracia
- Santa Maria del Mar
- El Born

For these parts the concept will be established in the near future:
- Viladecans
- El Prat (Cataluña)
- A Coruña
- Ferrol (Galicia)
- 22@

Dates and details
Pedestian area:
No access to this area for non-residents by vehicle. Several time slots allow deliveries and residents to enter the zone. Access free for ambulances, police, etc.
Maximum speed is 10km/h and maximum weight is 5.5 tonnes.

Access only possible for residents with proper permit card. Card opens the bollards during the times the superblock is closed to traffic. Maximum speed is 10km/h and maximum weight is 5.5 tonnes.

Vehicles affected


Type of restriction
Pedestian zone and access regulation

Alternative transport

Alternative transport

Scheme Boundary
The following streets are affected by the pedestian zone: Calles Lluna, Ferlandina, Cardona, Guifré, Lleó, Nou de Dulce, Paloma, Sant Erasme, Sant Gil, Sant Vicens i Tigre), barrio de la Ribera, barrio Gòtic Nord, barrio Gòtic Sud, barrio de Santa Caterina, calle Tallers, calle Sant Pau, Pl. de Sant Pere, calle Reina Amàlia, calle Lleialtat and calle Templers.

These parts of Barcelona are covered by superblocks:
- Gracia
- Santa Maria del Mar
- El Born

Planned superblocks
Planned superblocks in Barcelona

Road Sign
Spain Barcelona access regulation road sign

Retrofitting allowed?

Hours of operation
Regulated access only to the pedestian zone:

Barrio de la Ribera
Monday to Thursday 11:00 - 15:00 and 17:00 - 24:00
Fridays 11:00 - 15:00 and 17:00 - 24:00
Saturday 00:00 - 06:00 and 11:00 - 15.00 and 17:00 - 24:00
Sundays and holidays: 00:00 - 24:00

Nord Quarter, Barrio de Santa Caterina, Queen Street Amàlia, Calle Sant Pau, CalleTallers, Calle Montserrat, Calle Ponent
Monday to Saturday 11:00 - 15:00 and 17:00 - 20:30
Sundays and holidays: 00:00 - 24:00

For both schemes:
Electronic system with retractable pylons and cameras

According to the law.

National Scheme

Residents, emergency, public services and public transport vehicles and refuse collection.

Local name for the scheme
Zonas de prioridad para los peatones
Supermanzanas; Superilles

Further Information
For more information on the pedestian zone see here

For more information on the superblocks see:
Pla de Mobilitat del Districte de Gràcia
Public Space, Mobility and Accessibility in the District of Gràcia (Barcelona)
Leaflet on planned superblocks of Maternidad and Sant Ramon in Catalan
Leaflet on planned superblocks of la Izquierda del Ensanche in Catalan
Leaflet on planned superblocks of Santos and Hostafrancs in Catalan
Leaflet on planned superblock Poblenou in Catalan

City website
Barcelona city website
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