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Specially built for the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games, the Port Olímpic (Olympic Port) was symbolic of one of the main urban planning objectives of the mega event: to open up the city to the sea. Although it had been built to host the sailing competition, the Special Urban Plan for the Parc de Mar Area had to be amended so that it could become a marina after the Olympic Games.

It was designed by the architects Oriol Bohigas, Josep Martorell, David Mackay and Albert Puigdomènech, and the works were commissioned to the engineer Joan Ramon de Clascà. Three jetties were built (reaching 7.35 metres above sea level at some points) to surround eight hectares of water. Some of the jetties have steps built into them so that people can walk along them or fish from them. An administrative building was also built to house the official customs offices and the Naval Command, as well as the Centre Municipal de Vela (Municipal Sailing Centre), a major facility aimed at promoting the sport. Since 1993, the Port Olímpic has been the venue for the City of Barcelona Sailing Trophy, a high-profile international competition.

Most of the premises around the Port Olímpic are restaurants and services shops. In fact, the area has become one of the areas of the city with the busiest nightlife, particularly in the summer months.

Selección de fuentes

Los escenarios

COOB’92 (1992): “Los escenarios”, Memoria oficial de los Juegos de la XXV Olímpiada, Barcelona 1992. Vol.2. Los medios : objetivos, recursos y escenarios. Barcelona: COOB’92, pp. 127-337

Instal·lacions de competició = Instalaciones de competición = Installation compétition = Competition facilities

COOB’92 (1990): Instal·lacions de competició = Instalaciones de competición = Installation compétition = Competition facilities. Barcelona: COOB’92.

El Port Olímpic = El Puerto Olímpico = Le Port Olympique = The Olympic Harbour.

COOB’92 (1988): El Port Olímpic = El Puerto Olímpico = Le Port Olympique = The Olympic Harbour. [Barcelona] : COOB’92

Port Olímpic Barcelona

Port Olímpic Barcelona. Barcelona : HOLSA, 1991

Barcelona Olímpica : la ciudad renovada

Barcelona Olímpica : la ciudad renovada. Barcelona: Holsa; Àmbit, 1992. 

Barcelona: la ciutat i el 92

Guevara, M. Teresa (1990): Barcelona: la ciutat i el 92. Barcelona: Olimpíada Cultural.

In the repository

In the Municipal Contemporary Archive, you can consult the administrative and management documentation generated on this topic by the Organising Committee Barcelona’92, SA (COOB’92), Holding Olímpic SA (HOLSA), Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc SA (AOMSA) (Olympic ring), Vila Olímpica SA (VOSA) (Olympic village) and the Institut Municipal de Promoció Urbanística SA (IMPUSA) (municipal Institute of urban development).

If you need further information on the collection, read the collection guide.

In the library

In the libraries of the study centres of the Barcelona Olympic Foundation (FBO) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) you can find the selection of listed documents and other bibliographic materials on the subject.

If you are interested in knowing more about our Olympic collection, you can consult the Union Catalogue of Catalan Universities (UAB collection) or contact us by e-mail (FBO collection).

Sports in pictures

If you are interested in images of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Barcelona’92, the Image Service of the Olympic Foundation of Barcelona will help you identify the images that satisfy your needs.

The Foundation manages the official image archive of the Barcelona’92 Games. You can contact them by email to request more information about the services provided and the collection of images. In this page, we offer a selection of images on the event.