The district of Sant Martí stretches from the Eixample district to the Besós River and has witnessed the most recent transformation of the city and its waterfront. The redevelopment of the old industrial neighbourhood of Poblenou as the new innovation district 22@, the cleaning up of the city beaches and the new stretch of the Avinguda Diagonal which now reaches the sea, are just some of the urban planning interventions that define modern-day Barcelona.
Sant Martí contains elements of great architectural and historic interest that tell us about the past and future, such as the disused factories which have been converted into cultural facilities, and the modern buildings, such as the Torre Glòries and the Forum complex. A walk through these neighbourhoods shows how Barcelona’s industrial history has left its imprint, and reveals the surprising modernity which blends harmoniously with new parks and green areas, like Diagonal Mar and the Parc del Fòrum.
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