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A city opens to the sea


Up until a few years ago, Barcelona was also known as "the city with its back to the water": shanty towns, industrial buildings and infrastructure facilities built along the coast blocked the city’s view and access to the Mediterranean. Barcelona’s opening to the sea came with the introduction of democracy in Spain and particularly as part of the 1992 Olympic Games. The construction of the Olympic Village and Harbour, the creation of an attractive pedestrianised seafront promenade and the intelligent incorporation of the city motorway have been significant steps in reclaiming the coastline, changing the face of the city dramatically and allowing for unprecedented tourism opportunities.



Parc de la Ciutadella | Park. Josep Fontserè i Mestre. 1883

Casa de la Marina | Apartment building. José Antonio Coderch, Manuel Valls Vergés. 1954

Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta | Sea promenade. Julià Espinàs + Olga Tarrasó, Jaume Artigues, Miquel Roig, Jordi Henrich. 1994-2011

Edifici Gas Natural - Torre Mare Nostrum | Office building. EMBT Enric Miralles + Benedetta Tagliabue. 2006

Hospital del Mar | Hospital. Manuel Brullet + Albert de Pineda. 1992

Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona | Biomedical research centre. Albert de Pineda, Manuel Brullet + Alfonso de Luna. 2006

Port Olímpic | Olympic harbour. MBM Arquitectes Oriol Bohigas + Josep Martorell + David Mackay + Albert Puigdomènech. 1991



Duration: Half-day Tour 3.5 - 4.0 hours | Mini Tour 2.0 - 2.5 hours

Meeting point: Bike rental/hotel

Transport: Bike/private bus

Services: Experienced architect as a guide, reservations

Languages: German, Spanish, Catalan, English, French, Italian, Dutch

Group size: Max 25 participants