El Poblenou

Considering its seaside location and growing nightlife scene, Poblenou's rising reputation is easy to understand.

The 1992 Olympic Games injected new life into Poblenou, a neighborhood that had once resembled a scene from a sooty cyberpunk film. Barcelona's massive neighborhood investment manifested into dining, nightlife, and beachside attractions along Poblenou's picturesque coast. Since the games, the neighborhood's rise has remained steady and thrill-seekers from around the world continue to transform the area into a vibrant hub on the verge of ultimate esteem.

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On the Map

El Poblenou is within Sant Martí and bordered by La Vila Olímpica, Glòries - El Parc, Provençals del Poblenou, and Diagonal Mar - La Mar Bella

El Prat Airport: 30 minutes by car without traffic or 50 minutes by public transit
Sants Station: 20 minutes by public transit
Plaça Catalunya: 15 minutes by public transit
Sagrada Família: 15 minutes by public transit

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A Coastal Neighborhood Made from Old Industrial Spaces

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A neighborhood of many incarnations, Poblenou retains a familiar feel. Its modern structures contrast with its street-inspired inclinations.

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Locals like Poblenou's contrasts.

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They're easy to take in from a seat along La Rambla Prim.

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Poblenou's staid markets blend in with its posh apartments.

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When your agenda calls for a change of scenery, make your way to the neighborhood's newly built beach.

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Poblenou's seaside attraction provides a change of pace from its alternative urban aesthetic.

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Green park spaces nestle among the buildings that make up the neighborhood's horizon.

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The old and the new complement one another in Poblenou.

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Despite the changes, the neighborhood hasn't lost its edge.

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Street culture still pervades.

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Poblenou used to be full of industrial factories and has slowly changed. Full of sought-after lofts, art galleries, studios for artists, graphic designers, publicity agencies... However, all of its character has remained due to its strong local community feel with its own Rambla de Poblenou where restaurants and shops are full of locals."

From Industrial to Post-Industrial and Posh In Poblenou

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Affectionately deemed by some as the "Brooklyn of Barcelona," Poblenou is a neighborhood of striking contrasts.

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Once an industrial hub, many of its spaces have been renovated, re-worked, and re-imagined. Its modern buildings and recently built financial center continue to attract youngsters with a penchant for contemporary stylings.

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In Poblenou, centuries-old cemeteries commemorate the dead across the street from modern, angular church buildings.

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During the neighborhood's latent periods, street artists relished the inattention paid to Poblenou.

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Now, many of the neighborhood's public spaces evidence their enterprising spirits.

Poblenou: Barcelona's Brooklyn

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The neighborhood's once decrepit warehouses have been reinvigorated.

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Crumbling walls become exhibition spaces for design studios, art galleries, and architecture firms.

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Some of those same crumbling walls are turned into blank canvases and repainted.

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Some of their grounds are repurposed as makeshift gardens.

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There is a little bit of everything here in Barcelona's newest barrio, from family activities to footloose and fancy free fiestas!"
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Mar Bella: Poblenou's New Beach

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With the recent construction of Poblenou's artificial beach, Mar Bella, the neighborhood's reputation grows increasingly posh.

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In Catalan, Mar Bella means beautiful sea.

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The name fits Poblenou's coastal attraction quite swimmingly, if you ask us.

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The area's agreeable weather and even more agreeable environs lend themselves to inspired exercise.

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It's love.

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Love at the seaside.

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At the seaside.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

The Weaver House

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Hannah and Kelty are twin sisters from Portland, Oregon. After studying foreign languages together at Stanford University they parted ways, moving to Barcelona & San Francisco. Re-uniting in 2010, they launched The Weaver House: a collaboration in photography, design, and fashion. They shoot with polaroid, 35mm and digital, gravitating toward organic and unique personalities, spaces, and unions.

Lorenzo Vecchia

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Lorenzo Vecchia is a Barcelona-based photographer specialising in architecture, interiors and still life. He is fascinated by digital photography as the creative process continues beyond the moment when the image is captured. Working out of his studio in Barcelona's old town, his graphic aesthetic has led him to work for a variety of clients from advertising through to editorial and design.