Sant Martí

New offices rise from the same concrete as multi-family apartment complexes in this coastal neighborhood.

The power of nature and the power of public spending combine in Sant Martí, a coastal neighborhood with a penchant for fiscal business and tech-savvy entrepreneurialism. Towering office buildings rise from the same concrete as modest, multi-family apartment complexes. Whether residents are seeking solace during their lunch break or a leisurely walk along the sand, Sant Martí's beaches promise endless opportunity for deep blue serenity.

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On the Map

Sant Martí is bordered by Glòries - El Parc, La Sagrera, El Born, Sant Martí de Provençals, El Clot, Eixample, La Vila Olímpica, El Camp de l'Arpa del Clot, el Fort Pienc, and Navas

El Prat Airport: 30 minutes by car without traffic or 55 minutes by public transit
Sants Station: 35 minutes by public transit
Plaça Catalunya: 30 minutes by public transit
Sagrada Família: 15 minutes by public transit

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New Construction In An Established Neighborhood

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Sant Martí comprises one of Barcelona's largest districts.

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It encompasses a pocket-sized area, Poblenou, within its bounds, then stretches inland from the sea.

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Once a working-class residential area, the neighborhood recently witnessed a surge of new construction.

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Stemming from the city's need for more financial infrastructure, gleaming office buildings arose in Sant Martí.

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The modern towers account for much of Sant Martí's urban landscape.

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Avenue de Litoral runs along the beach beyond the shade of Sant Martí's modern towers.

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Below the buildings, the neighborhood's residents still display the laid-back attitudes that come with a beachfront lifestyle.

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The neighborhood isn't all new.

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Well-loved and worn-in apartments shelter many of Sant Martí's inhabitants.

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The neighborhood's mix of modernity and expanse has enticed entrepreneurs to move in. (NEW PHOTO that i took from Poblenou, caption still works)

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Barcelona Active is a popular center for Sant Martí's ambitious spirits.

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Despite the commotion of its business center, Sant Martí manages to keep it simple.

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A copy of El País.

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A cafe table.

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A fresh churro.

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Sant Martí By The Sea

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The neighborhood blends new amusements with age-old natural beauty. Forum is an outdoor entertainment venue that hosts some of Barcelona's biggest music festivals.

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Even when there is no music, blue sea meeting blue sky gives enough reason to applaud.

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Sant Martí's Poblenou beachfront adds to the area's increasing popularity.

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Full sail ahead.

Shopping In Sant Martí

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The neighborhood's shopping and commercial centers make it unnecessary to venture into Barcelona's bustling core.

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If you're craving sustenance over new styles, Sant Martí's cafes and bodegas will quell your appetite.

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Encants Market In Sant Martí

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A historic flea market filled with knick-knacks and bric-a-brac, Encants Market enchants rummagers and treasure hunters.

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It's open nearly all day every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, beginning at 9 am.

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On the Street: Art and Architecture

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Art and architecture collide by the sea in Sant Martí.

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The Torre Agbar skyscraper signifies the gateway to Barcelona's tech sector and presides over Plaça de Glories in Sant Martí.

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Colors span entire blocks.

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They reach to the ceiling.

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They splatter the concrete shore of public spaces.

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They juxtapose the sleek and chic.

Sant Martí's Urban Green Spaces

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Public parks, pathways, and tree-lined corridors provide outdoor escapes from the steel beams and concrete streets of the neighborhood's commercial areas.

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A busy mix of commuters and fitness enthusiasts, Avenida Diagonal cuts across Sant Martí and connects it with the rest of the city.

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Finding a peaceful moment, even in the middle of traffic, can rejuvenate the senses.

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Usually, a moment is all you need.

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Go for it.

Photography

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

James Rajotte

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I am a photographer in Madrid, Spain specializing in portraiture and reportage. I am originally from central Pennsylvania where I am continuing to work on a long-term project about the area called Frenchville. This project and my editorial and commercial work can be seen on my website.

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.

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.