The Olympic Port has left its mark on Barcelona’s skyline
The marina constructed for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games is now a major recreational and restaurant area. The Olympic Port, located between the Barceloneta and Nova Icària beaches, was the venue for the sailing competitions of the 1992 Olympic Games and is a paradise for lovers of water sports.
Why visit the Olympic Port?
Barcelona Olympic Port is a rectangular structure with three breakwaters that is located opposite the Olympic Village, a residential zone built for the athletes of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
This marina was built in 1991 in parallel to the renovation of this area of Barcelona to be the venue for the water sport events. The architects Oriol Bohigas, Josep Martorell, David Mackay and Albert Puigdomènech designed a modern port, equipped with more than 740 moorings, around which you can see some of Barcelona’s most emblematic silhouettes.
The two skyscrapers on either side of Carrer de la Marina, part of the city’s most recognisable skyline, are the Torre Mapfre and the Hotel Arts. They stand over another of Barcelona’s icons: a spectacular sculpture, some 56 metres in length and 35 metres tall, in the shape of a fish. The fine stainless steel lines of this large golden mesh by Frank Gehry are transformed by the sun’s light into scales, making it seem like the fish is coming alive in an effort to return to the sea.
Passeig del Port Olímpic has now become one of Barcelona’s most popular recreational areas, thanks to its sailing and water sports and as many as 85 establishments, including night clubs, restaurants, shops and Barcelona Casino.
How do you get to the Olympic Port?
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? Hotel Arts, part of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, was Barcelona’s first luxury international chain hotel when it opened in 1992. It had 10 floors before the Olympic Games, after which it closed for refurbishment until 1994, when it reopened with a total of 43 floors and 483 rooms.
- Local’s tip: Opposite the Olympic Port is Port Olímpic Park, which curves down to the sea with views of the promenade. The Olympic spirit is present in Plaça dels Voluntaris Olímpics, in the flag poles of the participating countries and in the bronze sculpture of Cobi, the mascot of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
- A must: To participate in water sports or have dinner on the seafront and end the night with a nocturnal stroll.
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