Provençals del Poblenou

Between Gran Via and Diagonal

The neighbourhood of Provençals del Poblenou is an administrative concept rather than a barri with its own separate identity.

It is a triangle of territory located between Avinguda Diagonal and Gran Via, which takes its name from the district's two historic nucleii - Sant Martí de Provençals and El Poblenou.

Not only on Diagonal and Gran Via but also on Pere IV and the streets that cross the neighbourhood vertically such as Bac de Roda or Espronceda, I always seem to be just passing through.

Large sections of the neighbourhood currently undergoing transformation as a result of the 22@ Technology district.

As a residential area Provençals del Poblenou lacks a centre and blocks of flats along Carrer Peru seem faceless to me.

However, the proximity of the Glòries Shopping Centre and the fact that the Rambla de Poblenou is just a short walk away mean the neighbourhood is within easy reach of shops, bars and restaurants.

Whilst certainly not a tourist attraction the neighbourhood's most attractive feature is the Parc Central del Poblenou located in the triangle between Avinguda Diagonal, Carrer Marroc and Bac de Roda.

This walled park occupies over 5 hectares and was designed by French architect, Jean Nouvel, who was also responsible for the nearby Torre Agbar.

Harking back to its industrial past, one of the neighbourhood's most interesting buildings is the old Can Ricart factory built between 1852 and 1855, which now houses the Hangar Visual Arts Production Centre.

Nearest Metro Stations

Provençals del Poblenou is served by the T4 and T5 Trambesòs Tram Lines

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