Olympic Harbor - Village, Barcelona
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.
This is the Olympic Harbor,it was built also for the games in Barcelona in 1.992.Now you'll find here a new part of the city with a lot of nice restaurants,a shopping center,and many small shops,is also a nice place to walk along the sea promenade and see the view of Mediterranean Sea.
Also this harbour was built just for the 1992 olympic games. It's one of the most important areas facing the sea, so there are many restaurants, bars and discos. This circumstances made it a place of fun nightlife.
My favourite thing about Barcelona now is the sea front. This whole promenade was only added for the Olympics in 1992, and for most people here has transformed the city. People hardly used the beaches before, but now they are jammed every weekend and throughout the summer. Best of all the flat smooth route allows skaters, cyclists and boarders a perrfect place to sail along on. If its not the weekend or summer...
The Peix d´Or is the funny-looking construction called "The Golden Fish". It's made of shining gold-coloured metal and its shaped like a half-fish, since both the head and tail are missing. The construction, as far as I could tell, has no evident use, since it's nothing but an empty shell. At first glance it's ugly, but once you get used to see it, it nearly becomesa nice albeit peculiar sight
Hotel Arts Barcelona (on the left) and Mapfre Tower are next to the sea, near the Olympic Village. This zone of the Olympic Port was built in 1988 for the Olympics, there was a real metamorphosis of the region, which now is one of the most nice and expensive of the city. The nightlife there is very interesting...
Sightseeing and in the unlikely event of rain just go down to the waterfront there's the best IMAX I've come across.
Excellent place to waste ample amounts of film on sights, architecture, scenery you name it..
on the way to the Olympic beach of Barcelona, the two towers in the background are hotels; I was told they are the most expensive in the whole of Europe, actually I am not too interested in that kind of information; first my bank account says no to such luxury, and then I just like the hostels, I think I would prefer them even if I was a millionaire; gladly I am not, so I don't even have to think about that choice
Olympic harbour and the beaches
Barcelona was not know for it's beaches but nowdays there are couple of them in the downtown. On the harbour you will find nice restaurants, clubs, bars and cruiseboats. International atmosphere is dominated by 2 new skyscrapers. It's really nice to walk along the promenade.
From the mountain to the sea. The Vila Olímpica was totally built as the village for Olympic sportsmen in 1992. A complete new and huge area was designed. Two skyscrapers (the Arts Hotel and the offices Torre Mapfre, both 153 meters high) and a leisure port were set up. Some beaches are just beside the Vila Olímpica. For those wanting a nude beach, there is the Sant Sebastià beach, at the neighbour Barceloneta, traditional fishermen neighbourhood.
Thousands of people dock their boats in Barcelona-it's quite a sight. I tried to dock my dinghy there, but was turned down. Boy, these people have class! :-)
The harbour is one of the newest parts of Barcelona. You can enjoy the seebreeze on a hot summerday.
You will find a huge shoppingcenter at the harbour. It seemed a little deserted to me.