Olympic Harbor - Village, Barcelona
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.
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.
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.
The Montjuïc was selected as the site for several of the venues of the 1992 Summer Olympics, centered around the Olympic stadium. Extensively refurbished and renamed the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys. The 65,000 seater stadium saw the opening and closing ceremonies and hosted the athletics events. Around it was build the Anella Olímpica (the "Olympic Ring") of sporting venues, including the Institut Nacional d'Educació Física de Catalunya (a center of sports science), the Piscines Bernat Picornell (the venue for swimming and diving events), and the striking, telecommunications tower, designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava.
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...
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.