Development of Olympic Port
Barcelona has become one of the most desirable cities in the world to live. As a result of the 1992 Olympic Games when massive renovations to the city took place, this transformed the accessibility for tourists visiting. There are a number of innovative architectural Hotels like for example the Hotel Arts with its waterfront setting, and the Torre Mapfre in the old city and the Olympic Port.
Then in 2004 the beaches were developed as part of a forum of culture, which saw performances of music, culture, theatre, circus and dance. There are several beautiful beaches in total which have the sand renewed and manicured regularly. With the warm Mediterranean climate the beaches become popular retreats from May to October. They are easy to reach with the excellent public transport system and metro. The most popular beaches are the Mar Bella, Barceloneta and the Nova Icaria. All of these are easily accessible to the Olympic Port. Additionally there are plenty of water sports available to hire like jet bikes, sailing yachts
, scuba diving, skiing and wind surfs, everything for the more active beach lover.
are one of the highlights of the sporting calendar in Barcelona Port. The Olympic sailing week takes place every March and is the ideal place to see or participate in the races. Many professional yachtsmen racing here are preparing for the 2012 Olympics in London or the 470 World Championships.
Sports in Barcelona
There are many other famous sporting events taking place regularly. Football being one such event with international games hosted at the two stadiums. Camp Nou stadium is the biggest in Europe and holds UEFA championship leagues. The tennis club also hosts the annual ATP 500 series matches in April, which has world tennis players competing on clay courts for the title.
In the city there are many museums well worth visiting. The famous National Museum of Art has collections of 11-13th century Romanesque art, whilst the other museums hold collections of world famous artists. The "Sagrada Familia" is the famous unfinished church by Antoni Gaudi, but his works can be discovered at other locations in the city as well.