Sant Martí / Diagonal Mar
Omnipresent chimney stacks near the sea welcome you to the district of Sant Martí as a reminder of its industrial past. An industry that has given way to innovation and new technologies, turning the district into the driving force of the new Barcelona.
The district of San Martí combines the past and the future of Barcelona. This combination is particularly visible in the transformation of the old Poblenou industrial district into the new technological district. The aim of this project is to mix economic activity (businesses and offices, in the new technological area called 22@) with academic activity (University campuses, Research institutes) with a residential component.
To date, Diagonal Mar is the newest district of Barcelona and it is still being formed and consolidated. It starts at the site of the Culture Forum of 2004. Formerly an industrial area, the district has become an area of luxury residential complexes, high-class hotels, office blocks, congress centres, a designer park, an enormous shopping centre and the newest beach of the city.
Lifelong residents live alongside well-paid professionals who have recently moved to the area.
Markets: El Clot, Sant Martí and Besòs.
Shopping centres: Diagonal Mar and Les Glòries.