Once an area of post-industrial blight, Poble Nou can date its ascension to its current state of trendiness from the 1992 Olympic Games. The seafront – which had previously been cut off from the city by an old railtrack – was redeveloped into a string of plump, sandy beaches fringed with palm trees and with all mod cons laid on. Bogatell, for instance, has Wi-Fi, so you can check your emails while lounging under your white beach umbrella. Sports are available too, although nothing too strenuous – a bit of beach volleyball or table tennis working up the appetite nicely for a visit to one of the restaurants which throng the esplanade. A stroll inland will take you to the old part of Poble Nou, where factory workers once lived and toiled. On Carrer Pallars is Can Felicipe, a 19th century textile mill that has been turned into a community centre, just one example of how antiquated industrial buildings have been spruced up and gentrified for modern habitation. And no visit to this part of Barcelona is complete without a stroll along the Rambla del Poble Nou, a spacious boulevard where everyone comes to shop, chat (and, at night, party) amid an eclectic mix of vintage and modern architecture.