The streets in this part of Font de la Guatlla all take the names of flowers such as Dàlia, Lotus, Hortènsia, Begònia and Crisantem as the small estate was originally conceived as a small garden city in the early century.
Located on Carrer de Mèxic, another building of interest in La Font de la Guatlla is the old Casarramona textile factory designed by the great Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, which is now the CaixaForum art gallery.
At the time of writing, La Bordeta is undergoing a general renovation plan centred around the Can Batlló area, including the old La Magòria railway station (shown here), which will bring new housing and facilities but is causing a lot of disagreement.
Established by the Batlló family in the late century in the Sants district of Barcelona, the Can Batlló building housed the Can Mangala textile factory until it was converted into a space for small and medium-sized workshops in
The most iconic factory of the Zona Franca in Barcelona was the SEAT car production plant, which not only became a symbol for the growth of Barcelona but also was heralded by the Franco Regime as an example of Spain's economic miracle.
One of the last vestiges of Marina de Port's rural past is the existence of la Masia de Can Mestres - the only remaining traditional Catalan farmhouse inside Barcelona city limits.
Being so close to Montjuïc there are plenty of green spaces in Pobe Sec. I particularly like the Parc del Mirador de Poble Sec on the mountain and closer to town the Parc de les Tres Xemeneies provides a welcome respite.
Today, the Zona Franca takes advantage of its strategic location between the Port of Barcelona and Barcelona-El Prat Airport and, although many factories and warehouses remain, the primary activity is logistics.
The new barri of La Marina del Prat Vermell will comprise some newly-constructed homes and will cover around 80 hectares of land that is now occupied by disused factories and the Eduard Aunos housing project.