La Barceloneta & Port Olímpic

If you’re happy strolling around just continue north along the seafront from Port Vell until you reach Barceloneta. Traditionally this was the living area of the port’s fishermen and is still a heavily populated area of narrow streets criss crossing one another with washing hung out to dry from the upstairs windows of run down looking apartments. In spite of its earthy appearance it has become a popular place to visit attracting many locals and tourists to its fine selection of fish restaurants lining Passeig de Joan Borbò. Where the sea meets la Barceloneta you’ll find Barcelona’s best sandy beaches which were created as part of the city’s pre-Olympics regeneration programme. They are very popular at weekends being only a stone’s throw from the city. The Passeig Marítim is a walkway overlooking the beaches which connects La Barceloneta with Port Olímpic which is now a marina with many bars and restaurants. The area is overlooked by the five star Hotel Arts which has become Barcelona’s residence of choice for celebrities visiting the city. There’s an interesting transport option called the ‘Transbordador Aeri’ which is a cable car linking La Barceloneta with Montjuïc.

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