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Olympic Port

Originally built for Barcelona's 1992 Olympic Games, this hectic port is worth a visit for great seafood and busy beaches.

TravelCurious Tip

Families with small children might prefer the peaceful atmosphere of Nova Icària to the bustle of Barceloneta Beach – ice-creams, sandcastles and water-sports are the order of the day here.

Sailing ahead
The Port Olímpic, part of the Barcelona seafront's Olympic Village, was built for the sailing competition in the 1992 Summer Olympics. Part of a successful urban rejuvenation project, its construction transformed a disused area into prime coastal real estate. Today, the stylish marina is always busy with boats and the area around the Port has become a favourite tourist attraction.

The Port is situated between the beautiful Barceloneta and Nova Icària beaches. A broad palm-lined walkway connects the two, from which you can gaze over the surrounding forest of docked masts. The marina also boasts some interesting contemporary street sculptures, including Frank Gehry’s magnificent golden fish, El Peix d’Or.

Beaches and bars
Barceloneta is the most popular beach in the city, so if you want a good spot make sure to set up camp early in the day. It is a part of the old fishing neighbourhood of the same name, and is said to have inspired Cervantes’ setting for Don Quixote’s duel with the Knight of the White Moon. Today it is typically full of beach-umbrellas and sun loungers, and is lined with some of the best seafood restaurants in the city.

Along the Port Olímpic there are many further great bars and restaurants, traditionally with an emphasis on excellent Catalan seafood. However, you will also find restaurants serving other varieties of Mediterranean cuisine, and even some old favourites like steaks, burgers and pizzas for less adventurous palates. The area is also one of Barcelona’s hottest nightlife districts - there are plenty of bars offering cocktails and music from morning to night, as well as a large number of upmarket nightclubs which stay open well into the early hours.

Nearby Attractions

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Church of Santa Maria del Mar
Built in Catalonian Gothic style, this Basilica has been through a lot.
Seafront
Barcelona’s picturesque riviera is a hotspot for seafood, sunbathing and more.
Poblenou
A relaxed neighbourhood off the beaten track with friendly markets, cafés and parks.
Cascada Monumental
Huge fountain in the Parc de la Ciutadella
El Fossar de les Moreres
Memorial to the defenders of Barcelona who died in the siege of 1714
Parc de la Ciutadella
Scenic city park housing the Catalan Parliament

Related Tours

A Full Day Private VIP Tour of Barcelona inc Transportation
Get the VIP treatment in Barcelona and explore the Catalan city in the luxury of your own private vehicle and guide, where comfort and convenience are guaranteed. 

  • Receive skip the line entrance tickets to all attractions visited during the tour.
  • Marvel at Gaudí’s creations – visit sites like Sagrada Família Cathedral – Barcelona’s most iconic and architectural gem, still undergoing construction. 
  • Get lost in the Heart of Barcelona – come across landmarks like the bustling Plaza Catalonia and Las Ramblas
  • Discover the inspiring artwork at the Picasso Museum
  • Soak in the sun at Barcelona’s breathtaking seafront and beaches
On this tour, you will see some of Gaudí’s awe-inspiring masterpieces, including Sagrada Família Cathedral and Parc Güell – which are unlike the work of any artist. Your journey will take you through the heart of Barcelona, where you will experience the liveliness of La Rambla and Plaza Catalonia  and the history of the Gothic Quarter. From there, you will immerse yourself in the brilliance of Pablo Picasso at the Picasso Museum and end the day at Barcelona’s stunning beachfront and Olympic Port

Please note: Your clothing must be appropriate to enter the Sagrada Familia. Whilst they are less strict on knees not being covered - the length of your shorts or skirts must be appropriate. Your shoulders must be covered, you cannot wear see-through clothing, nor have an exposed back or belly (no swimwear). 
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