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...
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.
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.
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...
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...