Diagonal Mar gets its name due to its proximity to the sea and to Avenue Diagonal It includes Catalunyas largest shopping center Centre Comercial Diagonal Mar, as well as Parc de Diagonal Mar, designed by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue. The area used to be mainly slums and poor areas but was fully redeveloped and is now a prominent area in Barcelona.
The redevelopment was fairly controversial as some of the cities most respected architects believed that the design departed from the well established urban model in Barcelona.
Beaches in Diagonal Mar are much more family oriented and quiet then downtown beaches. However, their proximity to the nudist beaches closer to the city does bother some visitors. The two beaches located in Diagonal Mar are La Mar Bella and La Nova Mar Bella.
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