Poblenou was once a hub of industry, a neighbourhood that, in the 19th Century, helped give Barcelona the nickname of the ‘Catalan Manchester’. This is the area of the city which launched the first industrial revolution in Spain and, helped by its proximity to the sea and therefore the ease of transportation, Poblenou was filled with factories, mills and warehouses. In the mid-20th Century the textile factories started to close and the area went into a period of decline until the 1992 Olympic Games sparked a project of renovation and revitalisation called 22@ which has given the old factories a new lease of life and turned them into design studios, workshops, creative spaces and accommodation. Add that to the fact that it can boast beaches and a park designed by Jean Nouvel and you’ll understand why today, Poblenou is fast becoming one of the coolest barris in the city.

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