Poblenou: Design Galleries, Avant-garde Architecture & The Mediterranean

From an industrial past to a promising future, the coastal neighborhood is where high-tech buildings, digital start-ups and artist lofts collide. It is home to the city’s most cutting edge new architecture, often sitting cheek by jowl with semi-abandoned factories. Poblenou is large, jumbled district, but a richly rewarding one that gives incredible insight into the city’s creative future

We meet at the Plaça Glòries, Barcelona’s new northern axis and site of three important landmarks: Nouvel’s Torre Agbar, Barcelona’s new Design Museum and a glittering new home for one of Europe’s oldest flea markets.

Next we view an award winning gallery converted from an old textile factory and Spain’s ‘greenest’ building.

From here we take a sleek modern tram to the site of Forum 2004, see an award-winning urban beach, a hotel where the décor has been conceived by local graffiti artists, and take a stroll along the shoreline.

*For design buffs, the last part of the tour can be adapted to include design workshops, vintage stores and cool co-working spaces.

*This tour can also be taken on bike. Check with us for details.


Need to Know

  • Meeting point: Museu del Disseny, Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37
  • Minimum two, maximum six pp (Unless otherwise arranged).
  • Starting time: 10.30am (Unless otherwise arranged).
  • Cost 65 euros pp (beverage included, entrance to museums not included).
  • Duration 2.5- 3 hours including one break
  • Distance covered 3kms (2kms on foot, one on public transport)