Sant Martí district


Sant Martí is known for the popular beach Platja del Bogatell, with snack bars, volleyball courts, and eccentric sculptures along a seafront promenade. Post-industrial Poblenou is full of vivid street art, with modern Catalan paintings in a 19th-century factory at the Can Framis Museum, and a cluster of raucous live rock venues. Parc Forum hosts the annual music festival Primavera Sound.

The district of Sant Martí is one of the most interesting districts in Barcelona. Sant Martí consists of ten neighbourhoods, and it is actually one of the largest districts in the Catalan capital. Some of Sant Martí’s neighbourhoods are very popular with tourists, like for instance the neighbourhoods of Poblenou, Vila Olímpica and Diagonal Mar i el Front Marítim.

Seafront promenades, beaches, modern and elegant areas with leisure options and fine restaurants with seafood and Mediterranean cuisine are Sant Martí’s main characteristics.

Above the map of the whole Sant Martí district's neighbourhoods

Here I show you the two most popular neighbourhoods of Sant Martí district.

Poble Nou and Vila Olimpica del Poble Nou.

El Poblenou Neighborhood

El Poblenou is a northern neighborhood of Barcelona, contained within the district of Sant Martí. It has been called the Catalan Manchester for its history as an important industrial center. More recently it has gained a reputation as a hub for technology and innovation.

El Poblenou is a vast district with hip cafes and tapas bars along Rambla de Poblenou boulevard, and converted factories housing tech offices and design showrooms. Sights around Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes include Els Encants flea market, futuristic Barcelona Design Museum and the Torre Agbar skyscraper, designed by Jean Nouvel. Dotted with ice-cream vendors, Bogatell Beach is a popular spot for volleyball.