Poble Sec is one of the neighborhoods in Municipality of Sants-Montjuïc of Barcelona. This is a particular neighborhood, which is located between the foothills of the mountain of Montjuic and El Raval in Barcelona. Poble Sec (Dry Town) received this name because it did not have any fountains until 1869.

Poble Sec in Barcelona was the first expansion of the city, before the development of the Eixample district. In the second half of the nineteenth century, it became a working class neighborhood; however Poble Sec has an unique location because it is located between the Port of Barcelona, ??Barcelona’s Old Town and the mountain of Montjuïc.

Paral-lel Avenue is the most important street in the neighborhood of Poble Sec, in which is concentrated an important offer of entertainment in the city. Paral-lel Avenue is a lively street; in the 40’s decade it was the centre of the theatrical scene, nightlife and cabaret in Barcelona and then fell into decline. However, Parallel Avenue is being renovated by the City Council that wants to bring back the essence of the Catalan “Broadway” to this street.

If you come on holiday to Barcelona and you like staying in less conventional and more alternative neighborhoods, you may be interested in renting touristic apartments in Poble Sec

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Main attractions in the Poble Sec neighborhood:

  • El Molino de Barcelona: (Street Vilà i Vilà 99) One of the legendary venues in Barcelona nightlife. Born as a Spanish version of Moulin Rouge, it’s easily distinguished by its red blade. It presents burlesque cabaret-style shows, as well as musicals.
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El Molino before its remodeling. Photo by Jaume Meneses in flickr
  • Sala Apolo: (Nou de la Rambla Street 111) is an important alternative concert hall in Barcelona, ??which is also a disco. Ideal if you’re looking to get away from commercial music.
  • Sala Bagdad (Nou de la Rambla Street 8): In this particular room you will see live sex shows. It counts with the participation of popular porn actors and actresses.
  • Teatro Arteria: One of the new places for entertainment in Poble Sec, situated in the Avenida Paral-lel 61
  • Tickets Bar: is a new tapas bar directed by brothers Ferran and Albert Adrià, renowned local Catalonian chefs. The venue is very interesting as it is decorated like a circus. Service is pretty good and it offers very tasty and creative tapas. Keep in mind it´s not a cheap place, but the fame of Ferran Adrià and quality of the food are excellent.
  • Teatro Apolo: (Paral-lel Avenue 59) One of the most popular theaters in Barcelona
  • Teatro Victoria (Paral-lel Avenue 65-67).
  • Teatro Condal (Paral-lel Avenue 91)

Fira de Barcelona is very close to Poble Sec, so if you come to one of the many exhibitions and fairs held in this city, you may be interested in apartments in Poble Sec.

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