The Barcelona Forum of Cultures was an international event that took place in 2004. It was the first of its kind to be celebrated in the world as an attempt to advocate for causes such as peace, human rights and sustainable projects.
After the 1992 Olympic Games, it was the most ambitious undertaking to take place in Barcelona in recent years. Nowadays, its former grounds have become a huge multipurpose area in Barcelona with open spaces and squares, a marina, museums, skyscrapers and parks.
A new area for Barcelona
As a major international event, the project called for an ambitious layout of new infrastructures that would revamp the all the area between the Besós river and Sant Adriá del Besós.
Currently, the space is mainly used for massive music events during the year like the Primavera Sound Festival and La Mercé. Barcelona’s biggest holiday.
Generally, the Barcelona Forum is open for everyone. It’s a popular spot for skating, jogging and a paradise for cycling, not to mention that it’s a lovely place to watch the sunset with the Barcelona skyline as a backdrop.
The Photovoltaic Plate
What to see in the Barcelona Forum
The Forum occupies an area of 30 hectares and it features a very mixed group of spaces.
To begin with, the Barcelona International Convention Center is the most prominent, which is surrounded by several high profile hotels.
On the other hand, the area is generous with urban parks and squares. One of those holds the record for being the second largest square in the world. You can also visit the only sandless beach in Barcelona, called the Forum Beach (Banys Fòrum).
The Port Forum is probably the bussiest area in the whole complex. It features a mix of nautical and sports related stores, as well as a marina.
Finally, don’t miss the impressive Photovoltaic Plate that stands like a gigantic sculpture. This peculiar shape is visible from the entire Barcelona coastline.
Last but not least, the Blue Museum is an interesting visit if you travel with kids. This giant, tringle shaped building, clad in blue hosts the Barcelona Natural Science Museum.
The Blue Museum
How to get to Barcelona Forum
Metro: Line 4, El Maresme I Fòrum Station.
Tram: Line T4, Fòrum Station.
Bus: 7, 41, 141.
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