El Poble-sec, meaning the dry village in Catalan, gained its name in the days when the area had no access to water. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that the area’s first fountain was built, and today the same fountain symbolises an important part of Barcelona’s history. After the residents of El Poble-sec were provided with access to water, the area began to grow and new buildings and properties started to spring up.
El Poble-sec offers an impressive variety of restaurants and bars, so if you’re looking for Barcelona’s best-priced tapas and pinchos, you’ve come to the right place! Here you’ll find attractions such as the popular and renowned Carrer de Blai – a long pedestrianised street packed with tiny pincho bars and terraces.The area, spanning El Poble-sec and the neighbouring district of Sant Antoni, has recently been termed Barcelona’s new ‘foodie district’, thanks to its exciting mix of tapas bars passed down through the generations, and experimental new restaurants.
The area also has plenty of culture to offer, with theatres and museums, and most famously, Barcelona’s answer to the Moulin Rouge – El Molino. El Molino opened its doors in 1898, and still offers a first-rate cabaret and performances.
What makes El Poble-sec unique is its location at the foot of the lush Montjuïc hill. In addition to verdant gardens and 360-degree views over Barcelona, Montjuïc also offers a whole range of activities for the whole family. Why not take a walk to Montjuïc Castle to enjoy a coffee and the view, or stop by the Magic Fountain, which every evening is illuminated with a majestic and romantic display featuring lights and music.
Typical properties in El Poble-sec are located in turn-of-the-century houses, spanning approximately 60–70squaremetres. The district has grown in popularity in recent years, attracting local and international buyers, meaning that the area is now home to a wonderful mix of residents.