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The Port Olimpic is one of the most exciting leisure and touristic spots throughout Barcelona, with a wide offering of shops, clubs and restaurants.
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The Olympics: A makeover for Barcelona
Before the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, Barcelona was a city that had lived turning its back to the sea. This changed dramatically when Barcelona was chosen to host the 1992 Olympic Games.
Plans were announced for the development of a new sports marina, several docks, a new neighborhood to house the athletes –The Olympic Village– and two skyscrapers (Hotel Arts & Mapfre Tower).
In preparation for the Olympic Games, Barcelona went through the most dramatic makeover in recent history. As a result, the city turned into a true Mediterranean city by opening its doors to the sea.
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Redefining the Barcelona skyline
The image of the two skyscrapers and Frank Gehry’s golden fish became the symbol of the Olympic Port. Besides redefining the Barcelona skyline, it also became one of the most exciting areas of the city, with plenty of leisure activities to choose from.
Nowadays, several nightclubs lead the path to the Barceloneta neighborhood and beach. Some of the most famous nightclubs of the Barcelona nightlife scene are here, like Opium, Catwalk, Shôko o Pachá, which are located just a few steps from the beach.
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What to see in the Port Olimpic
In the vecinity of the Olympic Port there are several attractions perfect for day and nightime enjoyment, such as:
- The Olympic Port is the gateway to the Barcelona beaches. Just 300 meters separate the beach from the nearest subway station (Ciudadella Villa Olímpica).
- Travelling with kids? Very close to the Olympic Port is the Barcelona Zoo. With a huge offering of different species of wildlife animals, it’s the perfect plan for the little ones.
- Some of the best seafood restaurants are in this part of town. Whether you’re looking to have lunch or dinner close to the beach, or if you prefer a fancy but more secluded setting, this is the place to go.
- Enjoy a cocktail at a fancy “chiringuito“, just feets away from the sand.
- If you’re a sailing enthusiast, the local Barcelona Sailing Center (Centre Municipal de Vela) has sailing equipment for rent and different activities with qualified instructors.
Tip: Don’t forget to visit Moll de Gregal. This dock shifts apart 300 meters into the water and allows the visitor a stroll offering stunning views of Barcelona from the sea. Alongside this dock there lies a seawall, designed for recreational fishing.
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How to get there
Metro: Line 4. Ciutadella Villa Olímpica
Tram: Line T4. Ciutadella Villa Olímpica
Bus: V21, 14, 36, 41, 71, 92
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The best tours in Barcelona
Experience the magic and passion of a live flamenco show in Barcelona with front row seats. Enjoy a truly authentic show of this traditional Spanish art in the most intimate setting, with the company of accomplished dancers, guitarists and singers in the heart of Barcelona.
Join this full day guided tour that includes a brunch and wine tasting at the Torres Cellars in the Penedés region, plus the breathtaking landscape of Montserrat and the stunning city of Sitges.
Admire the most famous monument in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia through this 1,5 hour guided tour that includes fast track entrance and visit to the towers for extraordinary views of Barcelona.
Enjoy Girona and Figueres, Salvador Dalí’s hometown in this guided full day tour. Walk through the picturesque streets of medieval Girona and visit the Dalí-Theater Museum in Figueres, the biggest collection of the surrealist artist.
Get the best of Gaudí in Barcelona in one single tour. Experience the creative genius of Gaudí with this 4,5 hour guided tour that includes entrance to Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, plus an exterior visit to La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
Visit one of Barcelona’s most amazing landmarks in this 1,5 hour guided tour of Park Güell. Learn all about this magnificent modernist work by Gaudi, one of the places that make Barcelona a unique city.
Immerse yourself in the magic of Montserrat, one of the most special locations near Barcelona. This morning guided tour invites you to explore this mountain retreat, as well as its monastery, funiculars and mountain paths leading to spectacular views.
Enjoy Barcelona to the fullest with this guided morning tour, featuring the best of Barcelona. Explore the Gothic Quarter, the Gothic Cathedral, Montjuïc, Poble Espanyol and much more.
Experience the magic of the fabulous Girona’s historical center through the scenarios of Game of Thrones. Explore the medieval city, one of the settings of the famous hit TV show, in this 6 hour guided tour from Barcelona.
This 1,5 hour guided tour will give you instant access to Barcelona’s biggest landmark: Sagrada Familia. Enjoy the most impressive architecture and ornaments with a Fast Track entrance, no queues.
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