El Poble Sec is one of the most traditional neighbourhoods in Barcelona with an charming town atmosphere. It is located in the eclectic district of Sants Montjuïc, and has become one of the most bohemian and cultural neighbourhoods of Barcelona. Its area lies between the foot of the mountain of Montjuïc and Avinguda Parallel. Montjuïc is one of the largest forest areas of Barcelona, besides the mountain of Collserola. The mountain enjoys one of the best views of the city and the sea, being within walking distance of both of them. Avinguda Parallel is known for its theaters and performance halls, and was a cultural icon in Barcelona during much of the twentieth century. The neighbourhood of Poble Sec is a neighbourhood with small apartments, narrow streets and a rural atmoshpere, and neighbors often meet outside. It has now become a bohemian neighbourhood, ideal for young people, students and people who like to live in an area full of new restaurants, bars, theaters and party venues.
The neighbourhood of Poble Sec is located near the neighbourhood of Raval, at the foot of the Montjuïc mountain and the Avinguda Parallel. It is an area with a village air, with narrow streets and rather small apartments. You can also find small houses in this neighbourhood, constructed on the remains of the first buildings that were built, and many of them built directly by its residents and without any type of urban plan. Both then and now, the neighbourhood of Poble Sec has been, and still is, a humble neighbourhood, but with ideal elements to germinate the seed of creativity. The theaters and show halls gave it a certain bohemian atmosphere, and its proximity to the center and the harbor created a multicultural and eclectic neighbourhood, long before the migration boom in the 90’s started in Spain. So, if you want to live in a neighbourhood near the city center with rural and artistic flair, where you can enjoy some of the best tapas bars in Barcelona and many theaters and show venues, this neighbourhood is the ideal place for you.
One of the most interesting things to see in Poble Sec is, undoubtedly, Avinguda Parallel. Initially, due to its proximity to the old Chinese neighbourhood (the neighbourhood of El Raval), it functioned as a ghetto with numerous brothels. This avenue was ideal for the erotic market, cabaret, and both spicy and bold performances. The neighbourhood began to be frequented by intellectuals and artists, being the home of many relevant characters of the Catalan scene such as Joan Manel Serrat, Jaume Sisa, Julia Otero, Juan Gràcia (El Tricicle) or Francisco González Ledesma. At the moment, some of the most important theaters of Barcelona, like the Teatro Condal, El Molino, El Teatro Apolo and Teato Victoria are being conserved.