The Olympic Port was the result of an extensive urban development for the 1992 Olympic Games
The Port Olimpic is one of the most exciting leisure and touristic spots throughout Barcelona, with a wide offering of shops, clubs and restaurants.
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, one amazing hotel with great views & 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.
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, especially during the warmer months, with plenty of summer 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.
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.
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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