This district is quite new because it was only constructed for the Olympic Games in 1992, in order to accommodate all the sportsmen that participated. The design was assigned to prestigious architects, who were able to find a perfect harmony between buildings and green spaces.
We start our walk in one of these green spaces. While walking through the gardens of Atlanta, we will find the chimney of “Can Folch”, one of the oldest in Barcelona.
While heading to the beach, we get to the Square of Volunteers. There is a big central fountain to honor all those who have helped to make the Olympic Games a reality.
Closer to the beach, you will find the towers that are now the symbol of this district. The “Hotel Arts” has 44 floors and “la Torre Mafre” is an office building. They have a height of 153m, making them the highest towers in Spain.
Another symbol of this district is the “Peix d’Or” (the Golden Fish). It is constructed with a lot of metal pieces, which results in nice light effects and colors that change with the light of the sun.
The Olympic Port starts at the two towers. Today, it is one of the most active parts of the city, especially during the summer. All the bars and restaurants transform into dancing places during the night.
During the day, the Olympic Port is a perfect place for walking or cycling. On some days of the week, you can also find markets with artisan art.
And if you have time, don’t forget to refresh in the sea! You have the choice between the beaches of Nova Icaria, Bogatell and the beach of Mar Bella (this is a nudist beach). They are always very crowded, but it is nice anyway to dive into the water to cool down from the hot city. Further to the north, you will find the beach of Nova Marbella, where there are less people, as it is not very accessible by public transport.
Finally, if you would like to relax, you can watch movies in their original version in the cinemas of Icaria, located on Avenida Icaria. The play a wide variety of movies during the day.