The Olympic Stadium was originally built for the Great Exhibition of 1929, with the
idea that Barcelona would then host the 1936 Olympics (ultimately staged in Berlin).
After failing twice to win the nomination, Barcelona celebrated the attainment of
its long-cherished goal by renovating the semiderelict stadium in time for 1992,
providing seating for 70,000.
Not far from this, actually just next door is the futuristic Palau Sant Jordi Sports
Palace, designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. The building has been constructed
no pillars, beams or any other form of "view obstruction" It was built from the roof
down - the roof was built first, then hydraulically lifted into place.
Open 10-2 and 4-7, Weekends 10-6.
Barcelona has always been a city that lives and breathes sport. Today, and thanks
in large part to the holding of the Olympic Games back in 1992, a major part of the
regularly ingage in some type of sport. The people of Barcelona have seized the city's
public spaces, squares, parks and new beaches and turned them into focal points of
sports activities. The City Council promotes and stimulates sport at all levels
- from amateur to professional, from school to retirement, from 'fun runs' to summer
activities - building and remodelling facilities, equipping districts and educational
centres. Facilitating access for everyone to a healthier lifestyle through physical
exercise. Consolidating Barcelona's international role as a city of Sport.
There are a huge variety of sports you can try or watch while in Barcelona.
Conde de Godó International Trophy tournament is played out in Barcelona every April.
As Barcelona is located on the Costa Brava, "wild coast," and as such really lives
up to it's name. Plenty of nice big surfing waves which is why Surfing is a very
popular sport in Barcelona. Within the city, head further north from the Barceloneta
towards Poble Nou.
Locals recommend the beaches at El Masnou and Montgat, a short journey, many companies
offer rental equipment and lessons.
There are several ski resorts in the Pyrenees (Girona, Lleida), within easy access
from. Barcelona through the Cadí Tunnel.
If you fancy chartering a boat or get a boat trip, there are several companies offering Motor
yacht rental with or without a skipper in the Barcelona area