Sants-Montjuïc, Barcelona’s biggest district, contains the port and the huge Zona Franca industrial complex.
Sants-Montjuïc is mostly industrial, but there are two pleasant residential areas: Poble Sec and Sants.
Poble Sec is a small but charming neighborhood in the foothills of the mountain of Montjuïc. This glorious mountain is topped by a castle, and has museums at its foot: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Museu Arqueològic, and the Fundació Miró).
Poble Espanyol, a re-creation of a traditional Spanish village built for the 1929 World's Fair, is in the same foothills. This is really surprisingly impressive and worth a visit. There are lovely woods and gardens nearby. From the beginning, Poble Espanyol was conceived as a real village in the middle of a city. “The idea was to give an idea of what might be an "ideal model" of a Spanish village containing the main characteristics of all towns and villages in the peninsula. For this reason, 117 buildings, streets and squares were reproduced to scale. Pieces were selected taking into account criteria of aesthetic fit that could help create a harmonious overall composition in accordance with the "village" design that had been conceived”, says the official Poble Espanyol site. The idea was championed by the architect Puig i Cadafalch and designed by the architects Francesc Folguera and Ramon Reventós.
Montjuïc has theatres, galleries, and parks, plus the sports facilities built for the 1992 Olympics, now a venue for many concerts. A funicular provides transport from Poble Sec to the mountaintop.
The Sants neighborhood is a former industrial working-class area, but today it offers a village-like atmosphere. The bustling tree-lined Carretera de Sants is especially attractive, with its many family-run bars, cafes and restaurants, plus hundreds of shops. To the north it borders the Avenida del Parallel, where a number of theatres and music halls (such as The Molino) are located.