Created for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Port Olimpic has become one of the most popular leisure districts of Barcelona. The actual Olympic port today is a yachting harbour that well-off Barcelonans use to get onto the water with their family and friends.
No matter if you are approaching Port Olimpic from the city or the Sea; the first thing catching your eye will be the 154 metre tall twin skyscrapers.
The office tower of Torre Mapfre and the Hotel Arts are the two tallest buildings of Barcelona. They are even 10 metres higher than Torre Agbar on Placa Glories and will only be outreached by the Cathedral of Sagrada Familia when finished in the next decade.
At their feet Frank Gehry’s bronze sculpture Peix (simply meaning fish in Catalan) is leading the way towards the promenade and the beaches of Barceloneta.
Port Olimpic beaches
The promenade towards sail-shaped Hotel Vela passes by the beaches of Barceloneta and Sant Sebastia up to Port Vell. If you follow the coast to the north you will get to the beaches of Nova Icaria and Bogatell and after half an hour walk to the nudist beach of Mar Bella.
Port Olimpic nightlife
In front of the hotel Arts and directly in the yacht harbor plenty of bars and nightclubs have been established. The most popular ones are Sotavento, Shoko, Opium mar and CDLC. They are fairly large places with interior dance floors and large terraces directly on the beach.
During the day you can enjoy a café on their terrace and in the evening they are turned into restaurants. Apart of the good food, a further reason to come for dinner is the fact that you can stay when the places transform into nightclubs after midnight. This saves you the admission and the time queuing outside before approaching the bouncer’s opinion about a decent dress. Especially guys that are not coming for dinner should avoid Havaiana type flip-flops and wear long trousers and a collar shirt to get in without problems. Especially in summer, all Places in Port Olimpic are open every day of the week. If you are into anything from house to black to Latin music, there is no doubt you will enjoy a great night out directly on the beach.
How to get to Port Olimpic?
By metro take the yellow line L4 to Ciutadella. Walk for 5 minutes towards the two skyscrapers. The port is just in front of them.