Poblenou was one of the largest and most important centres for industry in Catalunya during the time of the industrial revolution, particularly towards the 18th century. Its factories and manufacturing plants specialised in textiles and metallurgy. As these industries changed, the old processes were replaced by new techniques and the factory buildings that no longer fulfilled their original functions were shut down.
Visiting Poblenou by day
If you walk through Poblenou today it is filled with new, and very impressive, buildings but only a few years ago it seemed as though the entire neighbourhood was a giant building site. A total of 925,482m² has been redeveloped and transformed into an important centre for new technologies and knowledge based industries in a project known as 22@bcn. The project began in 2000 and at its heart is the Torre Agbar designed by Jean Nouvel. This is very similar to the Swiss RE building in London (also known as ‘The Gherkin’), which was finished in 2005. More tower blocks of offices, hotels and apartments are also being built. According to a study in 2008, more than 1000 businesses in Barcelona have relocated to 22@bcn since its launch.
Visiting Poblenou by night
Due to the space being created in the area around Poblenou after the redevelopment large clubs have made it their base and some of the biggest warehouse parties in Barcelona can be found here. There are also a variety of restaurants along the Rambla de Poblenou
How to get there
The L4 metro line traverses the area stopping at Llacuna, Poblenou and Selva de Mar. Or, alternatively the T4 tram starts at Ciutadella-Port Olimpic, stopping at Forum and terminating at Sant Adriá de Besòs.