Barcelona’s district: El Poble Sec

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The first expansion neighborhood of Barcelona – El Poble Sec, is a lovely quarter that is usually left off by tourists. The district straights from Parallel Avenue to the Montjuic hill and is famous for its pleasant and welcoming atmosphere.


Even though the area has a barrier with the boulevard Parallel Avenue, its streets are narrower, bringing a calm and unruffled atmosphere for visitors. Among the lively districts in Barcelona, Poble Sec appears as a bass note of a vibrant song.

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A woman walks on a small, quiet alley.
Except the thoroughfare, anywhere in the neighborhood brings visitors a cozy and comfortable environment. It seems that the neighborhood is never rushed and bustled, residents grab a beer and hang out in a tapas bar, young people lay down and chat in parks and people on the streets casually wander.


Walking around the streets of Poble Sec, guests may discover various restaurants, bar and cafes. Poble Sec is just 15 minutes walking from Las Ramblas – the soul and the most lively street in Barcelona. Favorite spots of tourists and sightseeing such as Sagrada Familia, Paseo de Gracia, Las Ramblas, Plaza de Catalunya or Plaza Espanya can be obtained directly with metro L2 or L3.

Additionally, the region is surrounded by Magic Fountain, Joan Miro Foundation, Castle of Montjuic and National Museum Art of Catalonia. Undoubtedly, you can reach the favorite spots of not only tourist but also locals with just a short walk from the district.

Poble Espanyol

Said as a journey to a Medieval in the middle of Barcelona, Poble Espanyol is an artificial village that lures many visitors to come and explore the Spanish history and architecture. Under the design of Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, the village presents 117 traditional buildings and squares from all region of Spain.

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Main gate of the Poble Espanyol by Raigeringer | Flickr
If you need a taste of culture then this is the place. The village is kid-friendly and features numerous workshops, cafes and shops to comfort your visit. For information and ticket, please visit the official website.


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El Molino in the eighties by Valeshel | Flickr
There are two prestigious theatres in the areas, El Molino and Lliure. Both theatres provide outstanding hosts and artists in the city. Compared to El Molino, Lliure theatre represents a program that is more international oriented. In other words, tourists may feel the shows in Lliure more comfortable and enjoyable. More than a theatre, El Molino is also a music hall with flamenco and a cabaret. For program and ticket, please visit the official websites of El Molino and Lliure.


Sala Apolo is a well-known concert hall and nightclub in the area. Founded in 1943, this legendary live music venue has renovated and turned into a new place and gain attention from emerging talents in Europe.

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A night in Sala Apolo by No Konforme | Flickr
Nowadays, locals often visit here for a wide mix of pop, rock, garage or folk. As the program of Sala Apolo varies during the week, from Nasty Monday with Rock'n'Roll party to concert night with jazz & swing, please visit the official site for the schedule and ticket.

Accommodation in Barcelona

parlament balconies apartment barcelona living room e1533640764825 Barcelona’s district: El Poble SecParlament Balconies apartment is one of our serviced apartments in Barcelona, which is closed to El Poble Sec neighborhood. The apartment features four double bedrooms, all with ensuite bathroom and balcony overlooking the street. For the full list of serviced apartments in Barcelona, please visit our official website.  

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