Barcelona Olympic Park in Montjuic
Anella Olímpica de Montjuic
Barcelona Olympic Park (Anella Olímpica de Montjuic in Catalan) is a set of sports facilities in the mountain of Montjuic, built or refurbished for the Olympic Games held in Barcelona in 1992.
Upon completion of the Olympics, in addition to sports use, many of these facilities are home to multitudinous cultural events, receptions, conventions, etc.
Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium
The Montjuic Olympic Park has as maximum exponent the Olympic Stadium Lluís Companys. Almost entirely renovated, maintaining from the initial project only its facade. It holds approximately 56,000 spectators.
The Olympic Stadium of Montjuic has hosted numerous sporting events as many internationally renowned musical pop/rock concerts.
Palau Sant Jordi
Neighbor of the Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi does not go unnoticed to the visitor of the Olympic Park of Barcelona. The large open spaces surrounding this multifunctional hall do not only allow visitors to feel the calm and tranquility that is so hard to find in the city center, but confirm that the visit to Montjuic has been worthwhile.
The Palau Sant Jordi can accommodate about 24,000 people. It is a covered pavilion and is considered a masterpiece of architecture. It was built by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.
The Telecommunications Tower
Work of the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, was also built for the Olympic Games of Barcelona 92. A characteristic feature of this telecommunications tower is its shape, which represents an athlete holding up the torch. It is also known as Torre Calatrava (Calatrava Tower). The construction of this tower has definitely changed the look of the Montjuic mountain, viewed from Barcelona.
Visitors should know that the base of the tower is made using a technique called Trencadís (mosaic created from broken tiles), widely used in Catalan Art Nouveau architecture (modernisme), and applied to the tower in reference to the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.
Due its orientation, the tower acts as a huge hourglass projecting the shadow of the central needle into the Europe Square (Plaça d’Europa).
The Plaça d'Europa
The Plaça d’Europa is the unquestionable couple of the Telecommunication Tower. Walking around the Olympic Park involves to visit this spacious square, which lies in a privileged area of not only the city of Barcelona, but also of the mountain of Montjuic.
The square is part of the architectural work that belongs to the Olympic Park offering visitors a place to stroll or relax in the mountain of Montjuic.
Bernat Picornell Pools
These pools were opened in 1969 but were remodeled on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.
The current usage is public. It also has a spacious gym and its facilities are used by Barcelona swimming and sports fans.
Olympic Museum of Barcelona
The Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch (Olympic and Sports Museum of Joan Antoni Samaranch) is managed by the Olympic Foundation. It is very near the Olympic stadium.
Those who are interested in visiting the Olympic Museum, should take a look at their website for opening times and days.
The National Institute of Education Physics of Catalonia, is the center of Catalan official studies oriented to sport that offers degrees, bachelors and masters related to physical education and sport.
INEFC facilities, are located right next to the Bernat Picornell Pools.
Barcelona Olympic Park Photosphere
Going to the Olympic Park of Montjuic
The first option to be described, is for those visitors who want to walk, but also for those that will go by private vehicle. Starting from Plaça d’Espanya (Spain Square) you should go up by Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, passing by the two Venetian towers. When you reach the end of this road you should turn right. It's a two-way street that goes up the mountain. Following this street with a curve, you will arrive to a large roundabout. You must exit the roundabout as if you continue straight on the road, although the name before the roundabout is Avinguda Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, beyond the roundabout is renamed Avinguda de l'Estadi (Stadium Avenue). After passing the roundabout, the Olympic Stadium Lluís Companys will become visible and obviously, the visitor will arrive at the Montjuic Olympic Park.
This route can be seen at the following link:
A shorter route for walking is to cut across the mountain. As if you wanted to go through it. It is a pleasant walk that borders the National Palace (Palau Nacional de Montjuic) passes through conference centers, and the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. This route also starts from Plaça d’Espanya and go up through Reina Maria Cristina Avenue.
But instead of turning the street to the right, crosses it, and enters the square named Carles Buigas, which is the one where the Magic Fountain of Montjuic is. Continue straight up the stairs as if you were to go the National Palace (Palau Nacional de Montjuic) where the National Museum of Arts of Catalonia is (MNAC). You have then to border the National Palace by its right side. Once bordered it, go straight up the mountain, and you will find escalators which go up the mountain. Once the visitor reaches the top, he will have in front of him the Montjuic Olympic Stadium. Although it may seem, it is not a complicated route and it is appropriately marked.
Both proposed routes, have their origin at Plaça d’Espanya, which has some FGC lines, metro lines 1 and 3 and many bus lines. Spain Square is also 15 minutes away from the Sants Station walking down Tarragona Street, and about 30 minutes from Plaza Catalunya walking along the Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes Avenue.
The Hop On Hop Off bus has a line which stops at Plaça d'Espanya, and goes up the Montjuic mountain described by the first path, which stops at the Poble Espanyol and at the Montjuic Olympic Park.
Various urban bus lines that stops at Plaça d'Espanya, also stops at the Olympic Park.
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