Vila Olímpica & Poble Nou
What are you going to do?
This walk might seem a bit long, but any architecture and design enthusiast isn’t likely to get bored. Start in Vila Olímpica, the neighborhood built for the 1992 Summer Games. From the beautiful Puerto Olímpico marina, continue alongside the coastline. The beaches here are generally less crowded than those in La Barceloneta.
Next, you'll head into town. Poble Nou is a multifaceted neighborhood. The extraordinary Cementeri de l’Est cemetery and old bullfighting rink La Monumental are popular tourist attractions. But keep walking, and you'll discover some modern architectural masterpieces, especially on Avinguda del Diagonal and Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes. This is where you'll find the Torre Agbar skyskraper, Disenny Hub design museum, and Encants flea market.
A little bit farther on are old factories, that have been converted into museums (such as the Museu Can Framis), galleries, office buildings, and studios for artists and designers, such as the Palo Alto area, where a popular design and street food market is held every month.
For a more small-town feel, head to one of the sidewalk cafés on Rambla del Poblenou. This is where the locals come for coffee, cerveza and tapas. Can Recasens is highly recommended for anyone who loves cheeses and charcuterie. Reservations here are a must. Poble Nou also offers fine dining, at restaurants like DOS Cielos and DO2.
The walk ends on the coast, at Parc del Fòrum, another prime example of Barcelona's innovation.