Villa Olimpica is one of Barcelona's most visited tourist destinations due to its beaches and night life atmosphere. Before the 1992 Olympic Games it was an old industrial area of Poble Nou, full of the warehouses, railways and industries. This district took the opportunity to get a complete facelift, the Olympic Village was built as the residence of the athletes participating in the games and this area became a huge park along the coastal strip.
After the Olympics, it has transformed into a real neighborhood, the residential houses initially foreseen for athletes now are inhabited by the locals, the new area by the sea with its beaches, boardwalk, restaurants and nightlife, is today one of the most frequented places in the city.
The district is rich in sightseeing points: One of the most representative symbols of Barcelona are two skyscrapers next to the sea: the Hotel Arts and Tower Mapfre. Hotel Arts is one of Barcelona's most glamorous and luxury 5-star hotels. Obviously this hotel is very expensive, but if you can afford, you will see breathtaking views of the Olympic port and breathtaking sunrises. The other tower houses the offices of the Insurance company Mapfre. At the feet of the towers there is Fish sculpture made by American famous architect Frank Gehry.
Another interesting point to highlight is Casino de Barcelona, where you can try your luck in many games with slot machines, famous Black Jack or Roulette. The Casino has restaurants as well but it would be better that you go through the dock, amazing place for its night life and ambiance: plenty of bars, discos and clubs over there, where you can listen to commercial music and dance of all types, from house to reggaeton.
If you go down once the sunset, you can let yourself fall for any of the seafood restaurants that are in the docks area, really full of places to eat fish, black rice or broth rice with lobster, have a drink or eat some ice cream. One of the recommended places is "Boat of Salamanca", where you can taste the best seafood paella of the zone. There are more traditional kitchen restaurants in Port Olimpic, as well as the International cuisine establishments.
The district is rich in green zones and parks, the recovery of coastline for the whole city and the creation of large areas of leisure converted this area into one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of the city. It houses as well a part of the University Pompeu Fabra, located in a former barracks.
The district is well connected to the city centre by the number of day and night buses, tram or underground (Line 4, stop: Ciutadella Villa Olimpica). The distance to the city centre and the famous Las Ramblas is approximately 10 minutes by underground; the beaches are at just 2 minutes walking distance, nearby there is a shopping mall Icaria with lots of brand stores, cinemas, food and entertainment establishments etc, really nice area to stay while enjoying your vacation in Barcelona.
Some apartments in this area