Glòries, Barcelona’s geographical centre, is where the city’s three most important thoroughfares converge: Av Meridiana, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Av Diagonal. It is the best starting point for discovering the city’s most dynamic neighbourhood, the 22@ district, and leading cultural centres such as the Auditori and the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya.
Gateway to 22 @
The Glòries bus stop on the Barcelona Bus Turístic’s Red Route is located in C/ Zamora, in the heart of the 22@district. The Torre Glòries is the most significant building in the area, a skyscraper designed by the architect Jean Nouvel as a gateway to the neighbourhood that brings together most of Barcelona’s information-technology sector's companies.
Built on former factory land, the 22@ district is undergoing a major transformation. Standing next to the Torre Glòries is the Disseny Hub, which houses the Museu del Disseny, and the Fira de Bellcaire, Barcelona’s most important outdoor market, popularly known as the Encants Vells. You will be able to discover, together with these new buildings, reclaimed Modernista industrial complexes and two large green areas, Parc del Poblenou and Gran Clariana, a hectare of lawn with a deck-chair service for peaceful enjoyment before moving on, to explore the centres that make this area a nerve centre of Catalan culture: the Auditori, the Museu de la Música and Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, designed by the prestigious Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill.