Poblenou lies between the great beaches of Barcelona and city centre which allow its resident on one hand a great chilled beach life and on the other hand proximity to a huge variety of shopping centers, bars and restaurants
Once dubbed ‘the Manchester of Catalonia’, Poblenou is famous in Barcelona’s history as the city’s industrial zone, drawing water from the sea and river Besos and belching fumes into the air above the Mediterranean. This part of Barcelona, outside of the Old Town, really grew in the 19th century as industrial tycoons set up factories on cheap land and workers from the impoverished South of Spain made the pilgrimmage to Catalonia in search of a better life.
Poblenou is well worth an afternoon of the discerning tourist’s time for its charming mix of Modernista blocks and houses, redbrick factories (some decaying, some renovated) and gleaming skyscrapers. At the heart of the ‘New Village’ is the Rambla de Poblenou, a delightful boulevard as relaxing and serene as La Rambla proper is hectic and overpowering.
Bogatell beach is Poblenou’s natural gateway to the Mediterranean waters and the best beach for those looking to enjoy a more familiar atmosphere than the other city beaches offer. In off season time, the windy autumn gives way to kite surfing practice. Poblenou is a quarter where avant-garde live music is very much present. Small but solid Rocksound is greatly respected in the music world due to the fact it offers nothing but rock, often with prominent international names playing gigs at the venue.
Most of Poblenou is filled with bike routes and wide avenues, so it’s the best vehicle for moving around. You also have Metro lines 1 and 4 right on your doorstep, as well as the tram T4 line, making your transport very convenient.
Palo Alto market set the stakes high from its very beginning, making it pretty clear it was going to garner much attention from visitors. A perfect environment for cultural and upcoming design trends to blossom, designers from established and upcoming local brands exhibit their works here, alongside concerts and lots of food trucks. Poblenou offers sophisticated, classic bars with enchanting history. Explore some of the best places to drink in the area.