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Barcelona Area Guide: Bogatell and Ciutadella Villa Olympica

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The 1992 Olympics brought about a big change in this area, before the seafront was made up of warehouses and docks, but now it has been transformed into one of Barcelona's most modern and architecturally ambitious districts.

Bogatell Beach
Bogatell Beach

The area has two beaches, Icària and Bogatell, both of which are increasingly popular and house quite a few beach side bars and restaurants. The beaches are well equipped with toilets, showers, first aid, and changing rooms for people with a disability. These beaches are quite popular for windsurfers, and there is a sailing school if you want to prove your dexterity on the sea. If you want to sunbathe in peace, then I recommend you walk up the beach away from the port, where there are far fewer people, although you may find yourself stumbling across a few nudists!

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By night the area comes alive, and people swarm to the huge strip of restaurants and well-known clubs such as Shoko and Baja Beach that look out onto the port, all under the watchful eye of a big golden fish designed by Frank Gehry for the 92 Olympics.

Bogatell Area
Bogatell Area

Bogatell is less modernized than the nearby Villa Olympica and still has remnants of old Barcelona, small Catalan cafés and narrow roads. If you want to escape from the crowds then this a good place to head and cool down after a long day at the beach.

Avenida Icària which runs through Bogatell to the Olympic village is also where you will find the Vila complex which consists of restaurants, shopping, a supermarket and a 15 screen cinema that shows the latest releases in their original language - especially good if you fancy watching a film in English.

The hotels in the area are for the most part quite modern and enjoy the relative quiet of an out of town location, but also have the beach and the Olympic village for entertainment.

Both Bogatell and Ciutadella Villa Olympica have metro stops on the yellow line that will take you into the centre of Barcelona in 15-20 minutes. You could also walk to La Rambla in about half an hour if you feel energetic. Otherwise, taxis are cheap and easy to get around the Olympic Village.

Other sights of interest are the Parc Ciutadella which is surprisingly tranquil most of the time and a lovely place for a picnic. In the park, you will also find the Barcelona Zoo which is always a favourite with children and adults alike (be sure to catch the dolphin show).

Location map showing facilities near Bogatell beach

Location map for Bogatell beach in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Ole Mart
Carrer de Llull, 183
Dia Mini Mart
Rambla del Poblenou, 55
Carrer de Maria Aguilo, 104
Mercadona Plaça de la Unio
Sorli Discau Doctor Trueta Mini Mart
Carrer del Doctor Trueta, 223
Rambla del Poblenou, 24
Farmacia Magrinya Rull
Carrer de Ramon Turro, 252
Farmacia Ortopedia M Prats - Poblenou
Rambla del Poblenou, 46
Farmacia Almiral
Carrer de Maria Aguilo, 125
Farmacia Montse Villar
Rambla del Poblenou, 21
Farmacia Taulat62
Carrer del Taulat, 62
Farmacia Bertran Montanes Helena
Carrer del Doctor Trueta, 147
Consum Mini Mart
Avenida d'Icària, 160
Farmacia Bouyat
Avenida d'Icària, 160
Farmacia Bogatell
Avenida del Bogatell, 19
Mar Bella Beach
Bogatell Beach
Nova Icària Beach
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Llacuna Metro
Poblenou Metro
BSM Bilbao Llull Car Park

How to get to Bogatell and Ciutadella Villa Olympica

Metro: Ciutadella Vila Olimpica (Yellow Line, L4)

Accommodation Hotels Near Bogatell and Ciutadella Villa Olympica

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Arts Hotel - 5 Star Luxury Hotel
H10 Barcelona Marina Hotel - 4 star hotel
SB Icaria Hotel - 4 star hotel

Highlights of the area

The beaches
Parc Ciutadella
Barcelona Zoo

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