Poble Nou, in the Sant Martí district, is an area very much on the rise in Barcelona since the 1992 Olympic Games. From traditional builds to modern apartments, this area provides a wide range of properties with a smaller price tag. Poble Nou is a very desirable location; practically on the beach, beautiful parks, innovative architecture and has easy access to the centre of Barcelona.
An upcoming area that was meant to be the IT area of Barcelona with many IT companies… You have the beach, but you also have less tourists, less noise and can find a cute “beach” home for less money then in the center.
Despite the surge in development, Poble Nou still retains its edge given its strong sense of community. The contrasts between old and industrial to the contemporary feel attracts today’s youth and cosmopolitan seekers. However, the bars, shops and restaurants will always be packed with locals.
Unique & Different
Situated in and around Plaça de les Glóries, Els Encants is Barcelona’s largest and most popular flea market, with both indoor and outdoor stalls selling everything from furniture and clothing to antiques. Held here since the 14th century, it is one of the oldest markets in Europe, iconic of Barcelona’s unique mercantile history and spirit.
This beach is not only a hit attraction for those living in Poble Nou, but for the whole of Barcelona. Its clear waters and sandy beach make it a first choice for visitors and locals alike, yet it offers a less ‘touristic’ vibe than the lively Barceloneta beach nearby. Aside from soaking up the sun, the beach provides a number of other facilities; including ping pong tables, a volleyball court and a skate park, not to mention the numerous restaurants and bars that are found scattered along the coast.
Rambla de Poble Nou:
Situated a few minutes away from Plaça de les Glóries, the charming Rambla de Poble Nou curves its way down to the seafront. Here you can enjoy some of Barcelona’s typical 19th century architecture while wandering down the picturesque pedestrian promenade.
For those interested in art and architecture, Barcelona is definitely the city to be in. It is famous for the works of Gaudi, Picasso and Dali, and more recent names include Jean Nouvel. His contributions not only include the Parc Central del Poble Nou, but also the Torre Agbar (Agbar Tower). Standing at 145 metres high, it is the 3rd tallest building in Barcelona, standing out from the city’s skyline.
Poble Nou is an upcoming neighbourhood where traditional architecture fuses with modern styles. The beachfront area is full of modern buildings, an ideal place to buy or rent an apartment for people admiring contemporary design.
Metro: Llacuna (L4), Poble Nou (L4)
Distance to the Beach: 0km
A Brief History
Originally an industrial hub, Poble Nou’s transformation was sparked by the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. This transformation has seen adaptation and renovation of this area. Today it is a desirable but affordable neighbourhood, well-connected to the city centre by several metro lines, yet it is still only a stone’s throw away from some of the best beaches in the city.
What the Experts Think
This is a very charming area and great for beach activities and entertaining children, so an ideal place to live. The beach is less busy than Barceloneta, so you can escape mass tourism. However, the north of Poble Nou is more business-like and industrial, so perhaps not the best place for a short-term rental.
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