The Olympic Village

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As mentioned previously, during the Olympic Games, the athletes stayed on the opposite side of the city to the stadium. This area was originally a disused Industrial site, but is now a beautiful area to visit. Two apartment blocks were built for the athletes - one is now an insurance company building and the other is the 5-star Arts Hotel - acclaimed as one of the best in Europe. The beach is just in front of the two towers, and this beach is actually man-made, although you can't really tell, and is much wider than the beach at Barceloneta. This area also has the Barcelona Casino, many bars and restaurants, as well as some of the cities best nightclubs, too.

Following the coastline along, back to the centre, and back towards Barceloneta, we find the second cable car of the city - crossing the waterfront very high and going back over to Montjüic. Along the front below Christopher Colombus monument at the bottom of Las Ramblas, you can also take Golondrinas pleasure boat rides out to the sea and back for a boat ride. Cross over the wooden bridge 'Rambla del Mar' and spot the fish at the turnstile of the bridge (easier to see at night) and you walk into the Port Vell. Here you will find the city's Aquarium (Europe's largest) with a glass-walled walk through tunnel for a true Jaws-like experience! Also the IMAX cinema with 3-D films (Spanish or Catalan only).

Maremagnum is also a big complex with shops, restaurants and bars, a cinema, and discos and bars. These light up at night and the free entrance is a draw for all kinds of people.

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