El Port Olímpic
El Port Olímpic
Port Olímpic, or Olympic Port, a modern sports area near the sea, stretches before the Vila Olímpica residential neighbourhood. During the day, this area is attractive for its views of the moored boats, the beach and large gardens and recreational areas. A lot of people come down here at night to enjoy a good seafood meal, sip a cocktail and while away the time listening to music beside the sea.
Something for everyone
This marina was built in 1991 for the Barcelona Olympic Games and is currently one of the city’s most popular residential and leisure areas. It is impossible to be bored in Port Olímpic. In the summer, the beaches attract both locals and tourists, who come down to swim, sunbathe or enjoy water sports and leisure activities. The cycle paths are also inviting for a pleasant bike ride or for skating in one of the most modern and cosmopolitan areas of the city.
When the weather gets cooler, you can go to the port area, where there are shopping centres, restaurants, cinemas, Barcelona Casino and live music venues, not to mention the great pleasure of strolling by the sea while listening to the water lapping around the boats.
The skyline from the sea
Next to Port Olímpic beach is the Mar Bella water sports centre (Base Nàutica de la Mar Bella), perfect for enjoying water sports such as sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. As well as the pleasure of being out on the water, there are the views of the Barcelona skyline, with the Mapfre towers, the Hotel Arts and Frank Gehry’s Fish sculpture in the foreground.