Sant Marti is the neighborhood of Barcelona that has suffered a huge transformation in last years. It has been the great industrial center of nineteenth-century Spain, one of the areas with the highest concentration of industrial activity of the city.
The neighborhood sits on the grounds of the original nucleus of the old town of San Martin de Provençals, which dates back 1052 and owes its name to the old church dedicated to St. Martin of Tours. Until the 50s of the twentieth century, this area was farmland. The district, like many other districts around Barcelona, originated in response to waves of immigrants started towards the 50s. The approval of a partial plan of the sector in 1958, accelerated the development of streets and the multiplication of the blocks of flats here.
Nowadays the territory of Sant Marti is extended in the east of Barcelona till the river Besos. It houses the past and the future of the city. This combination is especially reflected in the transformation of old industrial zone into the new residential district, which offers to its inhabitants and visitors all the basic services and infrastructure necessary for the comfortable stay.
The main arteries of the area are: Rambla Guipuzcoa, Rambla de Prim, Gran Via etc. These are wide boulevards with a lot of commerce establishments, restaurants, bars, supermarkets, souvenir´s and many others in both sides of the avenues. The district is now the headquarter of various organizations and associations, the civic centers and a center of contemporary art.
Generally the area is residential and quiet; the buildings are new due to its recent planning. The apartments use to be spacious, new built with much more amenities than can offer the apartments in the historical centre of the city, ideal for the tourists who look for the quality and silent accommodation, relaxing ambience.
There are plenty of lovely parks and green zones, really pleasant place where to spend evening time walking along and winding down.
The distance till the city centre is over 15 minutes by the underground; the famous Las Ramblas can be reached in 20 minutes by the public transport. The nearest beach is at 10 minutes travel as well. As you can observe, the district is residential but not too far from the tourist attractions and the night life points.
Sant Martí is well connected with the rest of the city by the large net of the public transport, a number of municipal buses, underground (Line 2, stops: Bac de Roda, Sant Martí, La Pau, Line 4, stops: Besós, La Pau), night buses etc.
Due to the great improvement of the urban quality that the district has experienced in the recent years, it became one of the advisable areas, worthy for its quiet, peaceful atmosphere mixed with the civic and commercial dynamism of the renovated Rambla de Prim and Guipúzcoa.