domingo, 5 de julio de 2015


The Olympic Marina has become one of the most popular leisure areas of Barcelona. Located opposite the Olympic Village, it was built in 1991 during the redevelopment of this area of Barcelona previous to the 1992 Olympic Games. In the summertime, the beaches on either side of the marina – Barceloneta and Nova Icària – are the perfect place for sunbathing or for a cooling dip in the sea.

Sunrise view from La Barceloneta beach in Barcelona
Sunrise view from La Barceloneta beach in Barcelona

The two twin skyscrapers on either side are the Mapfre Tower and the Hotel Arts. Located next to the Olympic Marina, they changed absolutely the skyline of Barcelona and have become one of the reference points of the city.

Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona
The twin skyscrapers of Barcelona beside Barceloneta beach

Next I will suggest a walk which begins in the Olympic Marina and ends near the W Barcelona Hotel, also called Vela Hotel. Through this walk you will enjoy the views of Barcelona beaches and the Port Vell. Let's begin!

Olympic Marina

Olympic Marina in BarcelonaSailing boats in the Olympic Marina of Barcelona

Olympic Marina in BarcelonaAnother nice image of sailing boats with the promenade in the background

Mar Bella Beach

Mar Bella beach in Barcelona
Mar Bella beach is located next to the Olympic Marina

Barceloneta, Nova Icària and San Sebastià beaches

The twin towers beside the beach of Barcelona, the Mapfre tower and El Hotel Arts, which changed the skyline of Barcelona

Nova Icària beach in BarcelonaBarcelona seafront are one of the most beautiful areas to walk under a lovely day

Barcelona promenade and Barceloneta beach

Barcelona promenade and Barceloneta beach with the twin towers on the horizon

Barcelona promenade along the beachOverview of the Barcelona promenade along the beach and the twin towers

Beach of Barcelona
Playing beach volley on Barceloneta beach

Barcelona twin towers

A closer view of the twin towers which changed the Barcelona skyline

Along the promenade between the Olympic Marina and La Barceloneta there are a lot of nice restaurants where enjoy a meal near the Barcelona beach

Hotel Vela next to the beach in BarcelonaThe W Barcelona Hotel, or Vela Hotel (Vela means sail), has changed the views from Barcelona beaches

W Barcelona Hotel
W Barcelona Hotel beside the beach

Beach of Barcelona
Beach of Barcelona from which you can see a view of the coast of Barcelona

Beach of San Sebastia in Barcelona
Another view of the previous beach in Barcelona, called San Sebastià

W Barcelona Hotel in Barcelona
Palms near the W Barcelona Hotel in Barcelona

W Barcelona Hotel in Barcelona
 The W Barcelona hotel with its 26th floors 

Barcelona from Eclipse Bar in W Hotel
Barcelona from Eclipse Bar in W Hotel. This bar is on the 26th floor of the hotel

Barcelona Port Vell

Palau de Mar with the twin towers in the background

Palms along the promenade of the Barcelona Port VellWalking along the beautiful promenade of the Barcelona Port Vell you will see nice Palms like these ones

Barcelona Port VellA classic sailing ship in Barcelona Port Vell with the twin towers in the background on the right

Rambla de Mar in BarcelonaThe bridge called Rambla de Mar connects La Rambla with the Maremagnum and Aquarium

Rambla de Mar in BarcelonaAnother image of this bridge with the Vela Hotel in the background

Barcelona Port Vell from MontjuicPort Vell overview where the twin towers appear clearly. If you click on the picture, you will see the Columbus Colomn on the left, the Rambla de Mar bridge and the IMAX and Maremagnum area

Port Vell of Barcelona
Port Vell of Barcelona when you can see the Columbus Monument and the Maremagnum Shopping Mall

Port Vell of Barcelona
The Columbus Monument, which opened in 1888 during the Universal Exhibition, stands at the end of La Rambla, near the sea. From the top, 60 metres above the ground, you can enjoy great panoramic views of the city and the port

When you arrive at the Columbus Column you are actually in La Rambla, so you can keep walking along this nice boulevard which will lead you to the city centre and the Gothic Quarter too.

- How to get the Olympic Marina:
  • Metro L4, stop Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.
  • Bus 10, 36, 45, 57, 59, 71 and 92.
  • Tram T4, stop Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.
  • Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Port Olímpic.

- Web site:

I hope you enjoyed this route. Other interesting routes in Barcelona are:

Besides if you like beaches, clicking on the next links you will find more pictures of another fantastic beaches in Catalonia: 

Beaches near Barcelona

Beaches in La Costa Brava:

Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to more beautiful places of Barcelona

No hay comentarios: