In the 19th century, that area became a trade center for fishermen, and so train tracks were built to separate between the neighborhood and the rest of the city. This brought to the growth of the independent and prosperous community. In the 1990's the beaches in the neighborhood were renewed and made fit for beachgoers, so many fishermen lost their source of income.
The neighborhood has a popular and authentic character, with fish and seafood restaurants located along the promenade that come straight from the fishing nets. At the end of the promenade, you can see the statue of Juan Munoz and the regional swimming pool behind it. There is also a covered food market in the main square of the quarter. The whole neighborhood is a bit isolated from the other neighborhoods that are crowded with visitors.
The neighborhood does not have a large number of hotels. It is considered a relatively expensive residential area, but you will find here an apartment for rent easily. There will be a short walk for most of the more visited places in Barcelona, but the pleasant and relaxing area near the sea is probably worth it. Nightlife in the neighborhood is packed with clubs and bars.