- What to see
- Where to sleep
- Travel Tips
Diagonal Mar (Districts)
The newest neighbourhood in Barcelona with the newest beaches in the city
Diagonal Mar is, so far, the newest section of Barcelona, and to some extent is still in the process of formation and consolidation. It is the most eastern part of Barcelona's coastline is was where they held the Forum of Cultures in 2004. What was once an industrial area has been transformed into an area of residential complexes, upscale hotels, office buildings, conference centers, designer parks, a huge shopping centre, and the newest urban beach.
Why Stay Here?
The type of people who live in the Diagonal Mar area are generally upper and middle class. Many of the homes in the zone are spacious and luxurious with stunning views over the mediterranean and the local park.
It's a neighbourhood that's right beside its very own beach and is well-connected via public transport with the city centre. People are attracted by its wide streets, Llevant beach (relatively calm compared to the beaches of the city centre), and Diagonal Mar Park.
The Fórum Building is a triangular structure that remains in the area after being built for an international symposium. In 2011, it was used as the headquarters for the Barcelona Museum of Natural Sciences. Today it hosts a number of exhibitions all year around as well as some of the most famous music festivals in the world, like Primavera Sound.
Another point of interest is Plaça Fotovoltaica, a huge structure with solar panels, which now forms part of the city skyline
And let's not forget El Parc Diagonal Mar, where a majority of visitors will head to. It is a work of art that combines nature with architecture and is a great place to sunbathe, read a book, or let your children play.
If you're looking for a place to swim, but want to avoid the crowds of the beaches and pools, there's always the Banys del Forum, which is a sort of hybrid between a beach and a pool without being either...
Where to Eat
Diagonal Mar isn't for dining out and sampling traditional Catalan food, but it is the area where you will find the most modern bars and restaurants, especially in the shopping centre. The majority of locales here are franchises, but there is still no shortage of choice for classier establishments like Sagardi, La Casa del Pesacado, e@t22, to name a few.
If you're searching for a romantic place, then try L'Escola, where the culinary students demonstrate their talents.
The Shopping Centre Diagonal Mar is the largest in Barcelona and 10th in Spain. It is a unique space where you will find everything, from "day to day" products to the latest in fashion and design (Zara, H&M, Miss Sixty, and Desigual). There are plenty of places to eat at and you can catch the latest films at the cinema (but only in Spanish). All right beside the sea!
Most of the centre is closed on Sundays, but the restaurants and entertainment areas are open every day.
Although Diagonal Mar is quite away from the centre of the city, it's a zone that's well-connected thanks to public transport. To get around, you can use:
Metro Stations - Selva de Mar, Maresme/Forum and Besòs Mar. Any of these will take you to the city centre.
Buses - 7, 36, 41 and 141 (among others) will take you around the district and neighbouring areas.
The Tram line T4 will take you all the way to the end of Avinguda Diagonal.
There is also no shortage of taxis in the vicinity thanks to the shopping centre. The whole of Diagonal Mar can easily be discovered on foot. The planning of the streets is just like that of Eixample, so it's practically impossible to get lost.There are plenty of pleasant walks and cycling paths at the park, which will allow you to appreciate the tranquility and laid back atmosphere of Diagonal Mar.