The Poblenou neighborhood of Barcelona is a place Nicole and I never would have stayed in were it not for Airbnb. And that is one of the many reasons we have grown to like Airbnb so much during our travels.
Approximately fifteen minutes north of Barcelona's main tourist area, the Poblenou has transformed, as a result of Barcelona's hosting of the 1992 Olympics, from a run down industrial area to a vibrant, eclectic neighborhood with a popular beach scene. From what I've found on the internet, the local residents biggest gripe is that the neighborhood has become too nice causing an influx of tourists and escalating real estate prices.
Nicole and I booked our stay at an Airbnb in the Poblenou for two main reasons: (1) we wanted to stay close to friends from New York who we were meeting up with and (2) for approximately $100/night, we could get a tidy one bedroom apartment, a five minute walk from the beach.
Nicole and I couldn't have been happier with our stay in this neighborhood and would recommend it to anyone visiting Barcelona. To be sure, we've stayed in nicer, more spacious Airbnbs -- but not at that price point, in a major city and a short walk from an awesome beach. We jogged to Barcelona's famous Segrada Familia church one morning, spent lots of time hanging near the ocean, ate at a lot of cool outdoor spots, and otherwise enjoyed spending a few days somewhat "off the beaten path" in Barcelona.
A quick post from our quick stopover in Spain. Now back to France... :)
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