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.
Go for a walk around the Olympic Port...the beach near by is wonderful too... The Olympic village is now a yuppie village with most of its own facilities...