El Poblenou : 5 things to do
During the 19th century Poblenou –literally the “new village”- was the centre of the Spanish industrial development, important enough to be known like the Catalan Manchester. When the industrial buzz passed, the entire area was abandoned until, in 1992, thanks to the Olympic Games, they started the massive transformation of El Poblenou : the 22@ plan. Its goal was to convert the district into the technological and innovative area of Barcelona. Many artists started to convert previous factories and warehouses into lofts, galleries and shops. Furthermore Art and Design schools opened making Poblenou famous for the creative atmosphere.
What to do and see
Below a list of something you shouldn’t miss throughout your trip.
- Stroll along la Rambla de Poblenou
La Rambla de Poblenou is the centre of the social life in the district. It offers a wide amount of choice for visitors to enjoy themselves : restaurants, bars, cafes and small shops for those who are passionate about typical features. Speaking, of don’t miss the chance to try delicious tapas at El 58!
- Visit the beach
If you walk down la Rambla de Poblenou you will get to the seaside. The most natural gateway to the Mediterranean sea is Bogatell beach for sure. It is the perfect place for those who are travelling with their family, because the beach offers a more familiar and enjoyable atmosphere than other beaches in the city. In autumn the wind allow to practice kite surf too.
Another famous beach is Mar Bella. It is a peculiar place famous for having a nudist area and considered gay friendly. Moreover, in summer it hosts lots of beach parties.
- Parc Central del Poblenou
Inaugurated in 2008, the Park expands over a triangular area created by the junction of Avenida Diagonal, Calle di Bad de Roda and Calle del Marroc. It is a work of Jean Nouvel whose aim was to create an island of peace and nature within the city. In fact, the whole park is surrounded by concrete walls covered by climbing plants, to keep the entire area isolated from the city crowd. Full of fantasy, every element of the park is highly decorative. Whatever you are passionate about, Parc del Poblenou will fascinate you!
- Poblenou Cemetery
Also knows as the Cementiri de l’Est, it is the oldest cemetery in Barcelona. Thanks to the amount of sculptural and architectural marvels people can admire walking through the cemetery, it quickly became something more than a simple place where to mourn the deceased. Don’t hesitate and enjoy a guided tour!
- The Encants Vells Flea Market
Dating back to 14th century, it is one of the oldest flea markets in Europe. With its emblematic mirrored canopy it is also known as the Mercat de Bellcaire and hosts almost 500 stalls : second hand books, ornaments, cameras, furniture and clothes, but also new clothes, modern furniture, decorative items, tools, hardware and electronics. Furthermore 2 bars, several small antique shops and a shop that sells electric bikes.
How to get there
The district is well connected to the city : you can get there through the yellow line L4 and get off at Poblenou stop.
The Festa Major del Poblenou is the time of year when the inhabitants dress up and party to show off their identity to Barcelona and the whole world. It is a festival where, more than anything else, the Poblenovins express their proud and remember what it means to live in the district. They celebrate life dancing and with popular street dinners, live concerts and firework, spitting dragons, street markets and much more.
Perhaps Poblenou is the district that better express the development of Barcelona, that is to say where the city comes from and where it is going. Poblenou is an old industrial district constantly changing and with a strong personality. Don’t miss it!