Discover Poblenou, Barcelona's most innovative neighborhood!

Poblenou is one of the neighborhoods that are standing out in the past few years, positioning itself as one of the 50 best districts in the world to live in, gaining popularity thanks to the creation of new innovative and creative spaces. Hola Barcelona takes you there!

Discover Poblenou and don't miss Llum BCN!

Poblenou: past and future

Poblenou, located in the district of Sant Martí, stands out as one of the most innovative neighborhoods thanks to 22@, a place where most technology companies have settled, transforming the area into the Mediterranean Silicon Valley.

For many years, Poblenou was the area with the highest industrial concentration in the country, to the point that it was named by everyone as the Catalan Manchester. However, with the new transformation, since 2000, more than 5,000 companies have moved in, a surprising statistic that shows the ambition and growth of the neighborhood.

The district has experienced one of the most ambitious and surprising technological evolutions in Europe, created to improve the city's economy and its potential. In addition, the new creative and innovative spaces have left behind what during the twentieth century was a working-class and industrial neighborhood, but maintaining some of the local businesses and their essence, to become one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city.

It's time to discover the new secrets that Poblenou holds, Hola Barcelona takes you there!

Enjoy the new buildings of the 22@ area in Poblenou / Photo: Maria Tejada via unsplash
Discover the corners and the history of Poblenou / Photo: Alain Rouiller, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

In the heart of 22@, new spaces are opening that are worth visiting. One of them is Acid House Barcelona, a creative hub supported by Adidas Originals and the Elisava design school. Apart from being considered a space dedicated to the creation of innovative ideas, it also hosts trainings, seminars and conferences.

Other emblematic buildings with great reputation also stand out, such as the Can Framis Museum, a center dedicated to the diffusion of contemporary Catalan painting located in the old factory in the Poblenou neighborhood, or Ca l'Alier, a building with plenty of history that will become a center of innovation in the city.

Finally, we find the well-known Encants Market, considered to be the oldest and most important second-hand goods market in Barcelona, which stands out for its innovative and modern exterior architecture.

Architecture of the Encants market / Photo: Thomas Ledl, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Can Framis Museum / Photo: Fred Romero, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Llum BCN

From February 3 to 5, one of the best known festivals in the Poblenou neighborhood and the 22@ district returns to Barcelona: Llum BCN, a light arts show that transforms the urban spaces of the quarter, with lights and concerts by artists of national and international stature.

For 3 nights, the streets of the neighborhood will host more than 200,000 visitors to see the light shows created by students from art, design, lighting, architecture and scenography schools from all over the city. Many of the illuminated stages are outdoors, but some of them will also be located inside buildings.

Don't forget to use Barcelona's public transport with your Hola Barcelona Travel Card! The best way to visit the festival and make a tour that will make you enjoy each of the events. 

Light network in the garden of the Savassona Palace / Photo: Enric, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Light show at Plaça del Rei / Photo: Enric, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Enjoy the light show on the facade of the Barcelona City Hall / Photo: Enric, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Don't miss any of the shows at Llum BCN / Photo: Pere López Brosa, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

It's no wonder that Poblenou is growing in popularity. Thanks to being one of the most ambitious transformation projects in Europe, and the creation of festivals such as Llum BCN, the attractiveness of this creative and innovative neighborhood, which for years had been defined as just an industrial district, is being boosted even more.