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Poblenou

A relaxed neighbourhood off the beaten track with friendly markets, cafés and parks.

TravelCurious Tip

Visit the Cemetery of Poblenou: it is like an open air museum, filled with beautiful examples of funerary art.

Strangeways, here we come

The Poblenou neighbourhood is a thriving artistic and residential area in the Sant Martí district of Barcelona. Once referred to as the Manchester of Catalonia, Poblenou was the centre of the old industrial district of Taulat where factories and textile mills began to spring up in the 19th century during Europe’s industrial revolution.

After the decline of industry in the 1960s, the area began to be revamped as a residential space. In 1992 the @22 Project took this renovation to a new level and turned the district into the cultural hub that it is today, injecting energy back to the neighbourhood and its economy. Old abandoned factories were salvaged and turned into unique spaces for modern pursuits, like Can Ricart’s art studios and the fun community centre housed by Can Felipa, which also has a rooftop theatre.

From textiles to tech

The best example of 19th century industrial architecture in Poblenou is the Ca l’Aranyó building on Carrer Tànger, which was also reclaimed as part of Project @22. This was an old textile mill actually modelled on those of Manchester - it was founded by an English company. Today it is the home of various different companies and institutions working in the audio-visual industry.

The old part of Poblenou where the working classes and fishermen once dwelt is still there today for visitors to see, and offers a different perspective on the modern area of Sant Martí. Also in Poblenou is the The Fundació Vila Casas, a museum of contemporary art displaying over 300 works from the 1960s onward. The area also includes Bogatell Beach, created for the Olympic Games, and the new Parc Central del Poblenou, with its colourful shrubbery and spiralling walkways. The Rambla de Poblenou is the liveliest place in the area and is great for spending a day shopping in the boutiques or an evening dining and socialising. Traditional meets modern in Poblenou, creating a lively and intriguing neighbourhood to explore.

Nearby Attractions

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Sagrada Familia
Gaudí's towering architectural achievement, and the most iconic building in Barcelona.
Seafront
Barcelona’s picturesque riviera is a hotspot for seafood, sunbathing and more.
Tapas
Fast food - the Spanish way.
Olympic Port
Originally built for Barcelona's 1992 Olympic Games, this hectic port is worth a visit for great seafood and busy beaches.
Cascada Monumental
Huge fountain in the Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella
Scenic city park housing the Catalan Parliament

Related Tours

Markets and Gardens Private Walking Tour: The Local Life of Barcelona
See Barcelona as a local and pass your day where most tourists never venture. 

On this tour, you will:
  • Be introduced to the gentrifying, industrial neighbourhood of El Poblenou. 
  • Explore 22@ Disctict of Innovation, home to Barcelona’s technological revolution. 
  • Discover Barcelona’s oldest and enigmatic park: the Labyrinth Park of Horta.
  • Treat your senses to the smells, tastes and sights of Boquería Market
The Catalan City is full of hidden treasures that tourists either don’t know about or don’t consider visiting. If you decide to go beyond La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter, you are guaranteed to discover hidden gems that offer a great alternative to the busy streets of Barcelona. 
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