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Poble Sec (Districts)
Barcelona's quaint neighbourhood at the foot Montjüic
In this article we show you a video in which you will discover the district of Poble Sec in the hand of its neighbors. We also tell you the reasons why to stay here, its attractions to visit, the best places to eat and go shopping . If you are student you will also be interested in learning about libraries, areas and places to practice sports.
Why Stay Here?
Poble Sec is only a 10 - 20 minute's walk from Las Ramblas. It's an ideal location if you're looking for somewhere that's close to the city centre, but not as noisy. You'll also be avoiding the stampede of tourists because this part of Barcelona is still unknown amongst outsiders. You can always check our selection of monthly rental apartments.
It has great public transport links and plenty of things to see and do nearby. The nearby Montjuïc has many attractions like the Joan Miró Foundation, National Museum of Art Catalonia, and many more. There's also, the Raval area nearby which is known for its multi-culture and nightlife.
As mentioned, there is the wonderful Montjuïc hill right beside Poble Sec, so it's easy to access from here. Discover the Magic Fountain, Poble Espanyol, CaixaForum, MNAC, Greek Theatre, Joan Miró Foundation, the Olympic zone, and the Castle of Montjuïc... And that's just the attractions on Montjuïc!
If you like to swim then there are the large Olympic swimming pools that are open for use.
There are also lots of theatres around Poble Sec. Many locals will tell you about El Molino, which was Barcelona's equivalent of the Moulin Rouge in Paris. The Greek Theatre isn't just a beautiful place to look at either, every year there are open-air performances there. For shows and performances in Barcelona, Poble Sec is the place to go.
Poble Sec has an ideal location for students as it is not located in the most central area of Barcelona (most expensive area) but it is located between the Ciutat Vella and Eixample , suitable for related activities With party and drink, and Sants-Montjuïc , perfect to have public and municipal places to study , which is what interests us here.
If you are renting in this area your student flat you will be interested in knowing where the best places to do sports, libraries or green spaces to study:
- 3 language schools : The Institut Obert de Catalunya, Chino Vidal Language School and Center d'Estudis Aites
- 1 School of Music : The Room
- 1 municipal library : Francesc Boix Library
- Montjuïc Park : Climbing the hills of Poble Sec a bit you will find green spaces where you can throw your notes or play sports in the facilities under the sun.
- 2 municipal courts : Les Xemeneies multi-sports court and the Satalia Municipal Football Camp.
Where to Eat
As small as it is, Poble Sec is full of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and cafés with terraces. You might be overwhelmed with the amount of options you have when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat. The Plaça del Sortidor and the pedestrianized Carrer de Blai are two of the most popular zones amongst locals to go to eat Pinxtos with a beer for about €2 on the terraces.
If you fancy a paella, then why not try El Elche on 'Carrer Vila i Vila, 71' (Metro stop Paral.lel). For Mediterranean cuisine visit Las Rías de Galicia that features a menu with fresh fish dishes on 'Carrer Lleida, 7' (Metro stop Poble Sec or Espanya). If what you want is some tapas though, make a stop at Cañota whose menu was created by the brother of famous chef Ferran Adriá; delicious tapas with a creative design.
For the more prudent with money among us, La Bella Napoli is one of the best options, but just as good is Quimet i Quimet, with its cosy and rustic atmosphere. The tapas and wine are sublime.
Poble Sec is home to one of the most famous nightclubs in the city; the Apolo club (which also hosts concerts from time to time). It is home to Nasty Mondays where the dance-floor becomes packed with both locals and tourists alike.
Life is a cabaret, old chum, and so is El Molino. To catch some live music, there is the Barts venue, with music ranging from jazz to electronic, you'll find something on to please you.
L3 - Green Line at Poble Sec or Paral·lel will take you to Plaça de Catalunya in 5 minutes or the stop for Park Güell in under 15 minutes.
L2 - Purple Line at Paral·lel will take you to the Sagrada Familia in under 15 minutes.
At Paral·lel Metro station, you can also get the Funicular train that will take you halfway up Montjuïc. You can also catch the bus directly to the airport, the Aerobus, which stops nearby in Plaça d'Espanya.