Barcelona Waterfront Tours – Barcelona, Spain
About this place
The city waterfront is one of the best areas to relax, spend your freetime and also have lunch or dinner. It starts at the foot of the Montjuic Hill and extends all the way to the limit of the city with the Besos river.
As you explore it, you'll be covering different areas, each of them with its own personality and attractions. Covering it on foot can take you at least a whole morning (or more!), but in a private chauffeured tour you can get an overview in a nice and short ride. Here is what you can see there:
- Old Port: Columbus sculpture (take the elevator to the top!), Maritime Museum inside the medieval shipyards, Moll de la Fusta (the Wood Pier, a nice walk where you'll also see the Lobster sculpture by Javier Mariscal and the Face of Barcelona by Roy Liechtenstein), the Rambla de Mar walk board that takes you to the Maremagnum (a shopping mall, with the Aquarium and the Imax cinema), Port Vell marina.
- Barceloneta District: the Old Fishermen section, now a great place to have some tapas in one of the dirty but authentic bars of the inside alleys, or a fullfilling paella by the marina. There are plenty of restaurants behind the Palau de Mar (also Museum of History of Catalonia) and along Passeig Joan de Borbó. At the very end rise the tower of the Cablecar to the Hill of Montjuic and the remarkable Sail-Building (W Hotel). Here start the city beaches.
- Olympic Village. An old factory district was torn down to build the neighborhood where the athletes would stay during the 1992 Olympics. The area is great for restaurants (along the beach as well as the Vila Olímpica marina) and nightclubs (beach area), but also for contemporary architecture lovers. Here you'll see the two tallest buildings in town: the Arts Hotel and the Mapfre tower, and also the Fish sculpture by Frank Gehry. There is also a small shopping mall in the area with a movie theater featuring movies in English.
- Poblenou and Forum. Although most tours don't cover this last area of the waterfront, you might be interested in continuing your stroll along the beach past the Olympic Village marina. In 2004 we held here the Forum of Cultures, and used this international event to renovate the last run down area of our waterfront. Poblenou is a local neighbourhood that keeps its traditional feel. If you are curious about the city life, take a walk along the Rambla del Poblenou, stop at Tio Che for an orchata drink and maybe explore the Poblenou cemetery, the oldest in town. As you continue to the east, the industrial revolution landscape will transform into modernity with the high tech design Diagonal Mar parc. You can stop for some shopping at the Diagonal Mar shopping mall, then head to the Forum area to see the Blue Building (now Museum of Natural Sciences), an interesting-looking solar plant and the views over the Forum Marina. The area has several hotels for congresses and business meetings.
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