Parc del Centre de Poblenou
Av. Diagonal, 130
Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and opened in the spring of 2008, Parc del Centre de Poblenou has been described as a green ‘lung’ in a neighbourhood dominated by industrial buildings. Covering over 5 hectares of land, the park mixes avant-garde design, such as a spiraling flowerbed called the ‘crater’ or the tunnel of flowers, along with the more usual services you’d expect of a local park such as children’s play areas, bicycle lanes and ping pong tables.
Bogatell and Mar Bella beach
One of the best things about Poblenou is that it has some of the nicest and quietest beaches in the city. Far from the crowds of La Barceloneta, Bogatell beach is surrounded by green spaces and has a relaxed atmosphere. Mar Bella beach has a slightly different vibe… if you’re someone who likes to sunbathe in their ‘birthday suit’ the Mar Bella nudist beach is the place to be!
Recommending a cemetery might seem a bit morbid but the cemetery in Poblenou is definitely worth a visit. It may not be filled with rock stars like Père Lachaise in Paris but it does hold the final resting places of many people who have made Barcelona what it is today. Apart from the grand tombs of the bourgeoisie, you can find the graves of the famous Catalan writer Narcís Oller, a young Barcelonin nicknames ‘El Santet’ who was believed to have performed miracles and Cassen, an actor and humourist who has the epitaph ‘Who really loves you will make you laugh’. Nestled among the mausoleums of the upper classes you will find another interesting feature of Poblenou cemetery; the hauntingly beautiful ‘Kiss of death’ statue. Guided tours are given in Spanish and Catalan every first and second Sunday of the month.
Former Factories Ca L’Aranyó, Can Ricart and Can Felipa
C/Llacuna 123-135, C/del Maroc, C/Pallars 277 respectively.
You can’t come to Poblenou and not notice the change in architecture. Far from the winding medieval streets of the Barri Gòtic or the enchanting Modernista buildings of the Eixample you’ll find a much more industrial edge. As a former resident of that grey city we call Manchester, I can say that seeing the revamped, renovated former factories and warehouses that form the skyline of this barrio I can definitely see why it got the nickname of ‘el Manchester català’. Can Ricart and Can Felipa are two examples of the former powerhouses that turned Barcelona into the first city in Spain to have an industrial revolution. They now house creative spaces, theatres, civic centres and even the Historical archive of Poblenou.
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