Olympic Harbor - Village, Barcelona
Olympic Village was constructed for 1992 Olympic Games. The “village” use in a name is quite modest, as the main buildings here are skyscrapers, the tallest in Spain, 44 floors. Nowadays one skyscraper houses hotel Arts, the other one is used for offices. The Olympic village is a nice starting point for a walking to look Barcelona’s central beach.
Port Olimpic was built for the 1992 Olympics and is a stylish Marina area in between Icaria and Barceloneta Beaches, the team’s accommodation have now been transformed into trendy apartments. The harbour has a good selection of tapas bars and restaurants and has a long wide walkway that connects the two beaches.
I don’t really know how was the area of the old industrial waterfront before 1992 but the renovation for the Olympic games brough in life a new seafront neighborhood.
First of all you can spot the Olympic port (pic 1) easily because of the twin towers which are the highest skyscrapers in Spain. They have 44 stores (pic 2)and one of them houses the hotel Arts while the other one (Mapfre Tower) has offices.
Behind the towers is the Parc del Port Olimpic with a nice fountain a modern sculpture at pl.dels Voluntaris Olimpics(pic 3). In front of the towers you will notice a giant whale made by bronze by F.Gehry the designer of the two towers.(pic 4)
There are several café/restaurants to relax and have a light meal or just a drink and although the prices are higher I enjoyed it because it’s always nice to have sea and sun on your feet isn’t it? (pic 5) At least try it once.
The Olympic port is busy during the night too because of the casino and the clubs but I preferred other areas of the city for having fun. The people walk next to the beach under the palm trees, it’s one of the reason I like Barcelona, because you can always stroll next to the sea. Of course many tourists come here for swimming at the golden sand beaches because the majority of the hotels are in walking distance. The locals prefer other nice beaches outside of the city.
There is a large white tower inside the olympic village, that was built as a communication tower for the coverage of the Olympic games of 1992. The form of the tower is based on Calatrava sketch of a kneeling figure making an offering.
The 1992 Olympic Games set up a dramatic rebuilding of the city's waterfront. Previously the area had been an unfasionable area to live and spend time in but after the development of the area for the games, the area has grown into a popular and lively area with much sought after real estate properties. The sea front is now one of the more fasionable addresses in Barcelona.
The development plans also introduced 3-4 km of promenade and the beaches were cleaned up.
Spain's tallest skyscrapers, the twin towers of the Olympic Port were built around that time also. One houses offices while the other is the Arts Hotel.
The area is full of bars, restaurants and there is also a casino.
This the famous Barcelona seafront on a fall windy but sundy day.. its worth to stroll along it on sundays and watch the sea before to go lunch at any place in Barceloneta quarter 500m away from the towers..One of the two towers is the hotel Arts so posh and the other is a business one, Barcelona Casino is also there just on the ground floor and some trendy discos on the same area around them !!
These pictures were taken in Via Icaria boulevard where the former 1992 olympic athletes residence were located..now its a barcelona inhabitant quarter quite trendy and via Icaria get a mall called "Centre de la Vila" with restaurants, shopping stalls and the best of all original version movies cinema (Yelmo Icaria Cineplex)
The beaches were created by the demolition of the old industrial waterfront for the '92 Olympics. While there are certainly nicer beaches in Spain, the area is lively and the promenade is a nice afternoon walk.
The sandy beach goes from Puerto Viejo towards the north, passing Puerto Olimpico on the way. And the beach that is the closest to the city is Playa Barceloneta. Usually overcrowded but still a great thing to have a beach and the sea so close to the center. In May the water is still quite fresh but Tobiasz and I used to come here in the morning, before the crowds joined in, to have a breakfast and read a book. It was a great start of the day.
Port Olimpic was built for the 1992 Olympic Games. It has it all: entertainment, leisure, business, commerce and dining in one place.
It's most recognisable feature are the impressive twin skyscrapers - Mapfre Tower and Hotel Arts Barcelona, and a steel fish designed by Frank Gehry between the two .
It's a great place for all beach activities, strolling down as well as having great dinner in one of the sea-view restaurants and enjoing the nighlife.
The Olympic Village was composed by two towers, currently the Mapfre Tower and the Hotel Arts. Both buildings were the second tallest buildings in Spain, after Torre Picasso, in Madrid, but they're the third right now after the construction of Bali Tower in Benidorm. Mapfre Tower has the highest helipad in Spain as well, at 154 metres high. The Hotel Arts building was designed by Bruce Graham and it hosts a 5 stars hotel and some luxurious apartments. There are a big golden fish between both skyscrapers made by Frank Gehry.
La Villa Olímpica estaba compuesta por dos torres, las actuales Torre Mapfre y el Hotel Arts. Ambos edificios fueron los segundos más altos de España, tras la Torre Picasso de Madrid, pero actualmente son los terceros tras la construcción de laTorre Bali en Benidorm. La Torre Mapfre tiene el helipuerto más alto de España, con 154 metros de altura. El edificio Hotel Arts fue diseñado por Bruce Graham y acoje un hotel de 5 estrellas y algunos apartamentos de lujo. Hay un gan pescado dorado entre ambos rascacielos hecho por Frank Gehry.
For me, being a guy from the cold Sweden, Barcelona is as close to the european paradis as it can be. It almost never gets really cold, and even when we were there in the beginning of November it was totally possible to go to the beach and get some sun.
What else to ask for? Not much, except maybe for a couple of cute girls. But hey, you can't get everything... ;)
The beach next to the Olympic Harbour in Barcelona is great, wide and long and close to the centrum so as soon as you want something else to do Las Ramblas and all the placas are close by again.
The sand is pure and nice, and it's no problem to walk around barefoot. At the beginning of the beach are 4-5 beachvolley-grounds put up, which seemed free to anyone to use.
Most of the guys and girls there though seemed to have spent most of the summer and autumn playing beachvolley, so since I haven't I decided that my role in the whole thing would be as a spectator... :)
Don't miss the small chinese women who walks around on the beach saying "massage" to each and everyone. At first I was like "never ever I gonna take a massage from a stranger on a beach, but after a while the woman seemed nice, and when she said "only 5 euro" I was lost...
Would probably be a lie to say it was massage, if the police had come by they had probably arrested her for beating me up. Have never got a massage that hard before, and I'm quite sure I don't want it again...
But on the other side, what could you ask for when you only pay 5 euro...? :)
As I'm not really feeling comfortable taking photos of no one and everyone at beaches you'll have to do with a couple of photos of me and my brothers instead... At least it's from the beach.
It was kind of nice seeing where the olympics were held although most of these 'sights' are virtually brand new and there are plenty more sites of historical significance you can visit first.
It was quite cool yet I'm not the biggest fan.
In 1992, Barcelona hosted the Olympic Games. The Olympic Village and harbour date from this time. The area is filled with newly constructed buildings but, in my opinion, lacks atmosphere. If you have plenty of time you can walk along the seafront, starting at the Maremagnum shopping centre (close to the statue of Columbus), visit the beaches at Barcelonette (kind of a village inside the city) and continue all the way up to the olympic village.
In this picture you can see two of numerous nice restaurants that you'll find walking by Olympic Harbor area.Normally they are a little bit expensive,but really is a nice place to have a lunch or dinner here,and mostly during night in summertime,they are located on the sea promenade.