Vila Olimpica is a Barcelona district located in the South of the city. This neighborhood was created for 1992 Olympic Games. This event allowed Barcelona to open up to the sea. This part of city is modern, and many tourists visit it.
A large urban operation was set up with the best architects of the time such as Josep Martorell, Oriol Bohigas, David Mackay et Albert Puigdomènech.
The buildings are the work of great architects who have won FAD prize of architecture.
It is the first maritime district of Barcelone. The Beaches stretch along both sides of the port. There is a wide range of water sports and activities.
But it is also one of the best areas in Barcelona to live in thanks to its many parks, easy access to the beaches and the port and its modern flats.
Several activities are proposed in this district, like:
When walking through the district, you can’t miss the two huge 153.5 meters high towers.
The first is Arts Hôtel tower, designed by architects Bruce Gram et Franck O.Gehry, with more than 450 luxurious rooms with sea views. And the Mapfre Tower built by Inigi Otriz and Enrique de Léon.
We also recommend that you walk around the base of these two towers to discover the Golden Fish designed from metal plates by Franck O. Gehry. It changes color according to the light.
If you walk a little further, you will find a shopping centre at the level of the sportsmen’s buildings, where you can eat and do some shopping. There is also a cinema with screenings in the original version with subtitles.
Finally, there’s nothing better than a stroll along the seafront while watching the sunset. There are many bars and restaurants where you can enjoy Spanish specialties. For example, the restaurant “SALAMANCA” or “CAN MAJO RESTAURANT” to eat an excellent paella.
For those who like to party, the bars and discos opposite the boats open their doors at the usual times. The “OPIUM” or the “PACHA” play contemporary music for all tastes.