The urban development of Barcelona in the second half of the 19th century drastically changed the city's image. The scheme developed by Ildefonso Cerda has been part of the expansion projects in large cities in order to preserve their medieval look. However, the consequences of Barcelona expansion project made the neighbourhood of Poble Sec suffer from radical changes that affected its historical heritage. But since 2013, due to local residents' demonstrations, this area has once again regained ita vitality.
Poble Sec is located in Sants-Montjuïc. The historical demonstrations led the area to become an eminently popular neighbourhood and to some extent, a tourist destination, just like its bordering district, El Raval. In the mid 20th century, the area attracted the attention of many artists and boasted of a certain bohemian atmosphere that no other place could compete with. Today, Poble Sec is a culturally diverse area that offers many tourist activities and business opportunities.
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From the outset, the demand for street foods, restaurants, and casual tapas bars, (especially in Lleida Street) has increased. You can enjoy authentic cuisines in a variety of places, not forgetting the large restaurant terraces also offer great views during the summer. The prevailing multiculturalism in the neighbourhood translates into many culinary offerings from around the world so you will most likely find all kinds of exotic foods on menus.
Among the recreational areas, Poble Sec allocates a significant percentage of its grounds to parks and gardens. This includes, for example, Joan Brossa Gardens or the park located in the southern part of Paseo de Montjuic. On the cultural level, the Joan Miró Foundation has an interesting exhibition in the area, which is located very close to the Griego Theatre. The museum dedicated to the great Catalan artist houses more than 10,000 pieces directly related to their lives, ranging from everyday objects to some of their best artworks.
At nightfall, Poble Sec further enhances its attractiveness thanks to its extensive roster of local bars. Walking through its streets, you will find many vintage pubs, traditional wineries, and establishments that were former factories but now have been converted into bars. Nueva de la Rambla Street has the biggest selection of pubs in the entire neighbourhood. To conclude, in the fashionable Poble Sec area, you will find the best real estate in the exclusive portfolio of reale estate Engel & Völkers Barcelona.