Diagonal Mar in Sant Martín, Barcelona
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History of Diagonal Mar
In the late 20th century, partly because of the 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona reinvented the district of Poblenou. A neighborhood was born, and gets the designation for the new capital of industry and technologies. The project takes the name @22. Most importantly, this project became the backbone of Diagonal; which opens in 1999.
Certainly, Diagonal is the longest avenue on the Mediterranean and Diagonal Mar is known to be a distinctive district in Barcelona. This once industrialized urban area turns into a high class neighborhood; with, for instance, high end luxury apartments, top class hotels, conference centers, office blocks, a massive mall, beautiful beaches and much more.
What to see in Diagonal Mar
# Museu Blau
First, the Museu Blau or Blue Museum is a natural science museum with 3,500 exhibits about the evolution of life and the planet. The Blue museum is part of the Barcelona Natural science museum “El Museu de Ciències Naturals”; and takes in a spectacular blue triangular building built in 2004 by architects Herzog & de Meuron. In addition, the museum features a room of mirrors and a skeleton of a whale washed up on the shore in Cap Ras in the north of Catalunya in 1862!
Address: Plaza Leonardo da Vinci, 4, 6, 08019 Barcelona
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00
# Parc Diagonal
The park was designed by the same Catalan architect behind the Scottish parliament building. It park covers 15 hectares and can be describe with the Barcelona’s tradition of combining the art of nature and architecture. The area is made up of seven different zones; in addition including a children’s play station with a water fountain.
Address: Carrer de Llull, 350, 08019 Barcelona
Opening hours: Every day from 10:00 to 21:00
Where to eat
However, when it comes to eating, drinking and nightlife, Diagonal Mar is not exactly the social room of Barcelona’s attractions; as it is known to be a further more residential and tranquil neighborhood. For a night out you could, for instance, always head back to the city via train or metro and hit the well known clubs Vila Olimpica, near the coast.
# Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre
Diagonal Mar is also known for its huge shopping center called Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre. Moreover, it is the largest shopping center in Spain and has three-stories. The shopping centre features popular brands such as Zara, H&M, Miss Sixty and Desigual, as well as an 18 room cinema on the top floor and a massive Alcampo supermarket, along with many fast food and high-end restaurants.
Most importantly, although the shopping center is closed on Sundays, the restaurants and leisure facilities stay open. In addition, the center shows off the integration of American retailing concepts into this Mediterranean city.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 3, 08019 Barcelona
Subsequently, inside this amazing shopping centre you will find the best place to satisfy your cravings for a more healthy and green option to dine at; and this is GreenVita. For instance, the main plates of GreenVita are made in a healthy manner based on the product and the flavor; with pure natural and organic seasonal and local ingredients. Moreover, this is a place where you will leave satisfied and with more energy than you arrived!
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 03, Local 13, 08019 Barcelona
Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday from 12:30 to 16:00; Wednesday to Saturday from 12:30 to 22:30
# L’Escola restaurant
Certainly, for a romantic evening out you could try L’Escola restaurant. This is an unique restaurant that further comes highly recommended. This is the point where you will find the haute Mediterranean gastronomy of the students of the Barcelona Hospitality School among still life’s!
Address: Passeig del Taulat, 243, 08019 Barcelona
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 13:00 to 15:00 and 20:00 to 22:00
Where to stay in Diagonal Mar
Most importantly, if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful holiday then rent an accommodation in Diagonal Mar now. The neighborhood has many modern apartments that tend to be quite luxurious and spacious; in addition with spectacular views over the shore and the park.