The Barcelona Universal Forum of Cultures was an international event that took place in 2004, the first of its kind to be celebrated in the world, in 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 it’s a huge multipurpose area in Barcelona with open spaces and squares, marina, museums, skyscrapers and parks.
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. The Forum occupies an area of 30 hectares and is comprised by a very mixed group of spaces: the Barcelona International Convention Center, The Blue Museum, a seaport, a Photovoltaic Plate, several parks, the Urban Forest, two amphitheaters, public squares (still holding the record for being the second largest in the world) and an urban beach, called the Forum Beach.
The Photovoltaic Plate
What to see in the Barcelona Forum
Currently the space is mainly used on massive music events during the year such as the Primavera Sound Festival, Cruilla BCN, and La Mercé, Barcelona’s most important holiday. On a regular day the place is open for everyone and is a popular spot for skating, jogging and is a paradise for cycling and a lovely place to watch the sunset right along the coastline.
The Port Forum is probably the bussiest area in the whole complex, featuring a mix of nautical and sports related stores, the Port and the Marina. Not to miss is the impressive Photovoltaic Plate that stands like a gigantic sculpture, visible from the entire Barcelona coastline and of course The Blue Museum, a giant tringle shaped building clad in blue that 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.
Map of the Area
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