Barceloneta ~ Waterfront & Port
Once a thriving fishing district, seafood restaurants line the beach of Barceloneta.
The sandy beach and promenade is also lined with seafood restaurants, whilst the chiringuitos ( beach bars) are popular with everyone .
The Olympic Games were held in Barcelona in 1992 and since then it has never looked back.
The seedy waterfront area underwent a massive face-lift and is now a very trendy area full of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.
Amazing landmarks include the stunning copper fish sculpture by Frank Gehry (Pez y Esfera – fish and sphere).
The Mapfre tower and popular 5 star Arts Hotel offers amazing views over the Olympic harbour and Frank Gehry’s famous statue of a bronze fish.
The hotel is 100 meters from Barceloneta beach and features high-speed Internet access, outdoor gardens, terraces and swimming pool, 3 restaurants and buffet breakfast.
This setting is perfect for having fun. Beach-side restaurants overlook a pretty marina and at night the area is full of trendy nightspots to visit.
The old harbor of Barcelona was transformed during the regeneration program for the 1992 Olympic Games. Port Vell is now a very modern and trendy complex full of yachts and sailing boats.
The Museu d’Història de Catalunya (Catalan History Museum) is housed in the Palau de Mar (palace of the sea).
Once an old warehouse and now a very modern building full of the history of this lovely Catalan city. The museum is surrounded by mouth-watering restaurants stretching along the Passeig Joan de Borbo.
You have a great choice of restaurants and tapas bars and one of the best is Luz de Gas. Great for drinks on a warm summers day or in the evening.
The two-tiered floating boat is moored in the harbor with seating also on the pier.
Take A Trip On A Golondrina …
From the Moll de la Fusta you can take a trip on one of these popular boats and enjoy great views of the old port.
Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Las Golondrinas Boat Tour
1.5-hour boat tour (Colom-Fòrum-Colom) showcasing Barcelona’s seafront, including the harbor, beaches, Olympic Marina and Forum site
Admire the beaches of Nova Icària and Bogatell, and Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella en route to the Port Fòrum, recognizable by its huge solar plants. Get spectacular views of the Sagrada Familia in the distance, the sea-hugging Hotel Arts, and Mapfre Tower. It is a perfect activity for children and the young at heart, providing a unique opportunity to enjoy the nature and see different views of the city.
Just opposite the harbor end of La Rambla is a stunning wooden footbridge called Rambla de Mar which leads to the Maremagnum complex on the Moll de Espanya.
As well as one of the largest Aquariums in Europe, there’s also an IMAX cinema and lots of restaurants, cafes and bars.
Nearby is the stunning World Trade Center which as well as being a commercial center, includes a lovely 5 star hotel.
This is also where you take the teleferic (cable car) which links Montjuic to the beach of San Sebastia and Barceloneta.
Where to Stay in Barceloneta?
The luxury 5 star Arts Hotel offers amazing views over the Olympic harbour and Frank Gehry’s famous statue of a bronze fish.
The hotel is 100 meters from Barceloneta beach and features outdoor gardens, terraces and swimming pool, 3 restaurants and buffet breakfast.