Promenade of Barceloneta
The main promenade of Barcelona stretches for 2 kilometers from the hotel Barcelona W hotel to the Olympic port. If you walk from the city center along the Passeig Joan de Bourbon, you will first find yourself in the Sea square (Plaza del Mar).
On the Plaza del Mar is a metal structure depicting people playing ball in the sea waves. The monument appeared on the square in 2004 and is called "Monument to bathers" (Homenaje a la natación), the author of the sculpture Alfredo Lanz.
Then begins the Paseig Marítim de la Barceloneta, a pedestrian section that runs along the neighborhoods of Barceloneta. This is the most popular of the entire promenade, there are many restaurants, whose menu consists of seafood.
The narrow streets of the quarter, which has a rich history and unique architecture, overlook the embankment.
We will take a walk around the Barceloneta district, but in the meantime I noticed this bright building that stands out from the General background.
According to the Roman numeral MCMXXXI, the building was built in 1931, at the end of the modern era.
On the beach, a strange structure attracts attention - a sculpture by German avant-garde artist Rebecca horn with the name "El liciero herido", which can be translated as "Falling wounded star". The monument, made of metal and plexiglass, was opened in 1992. Residents of Barcelona call this construction simply "Cubes" (los Cubos).
Here, in any season, you can see the masterpieces of sand construction.
Today is Christmas eve, and many balconies are climbed by a rope ladder by Santa Claus with a bag of Christmas gifts. In fact, the Catalans play the role of Santa Claus Christmas Tio (Tió de Navidad) - a log that burns in the oven leaves behind gifts. However, having visited Barcelona twice during the Christmas holidays, I only saw red Santa clauses.
A large triangular square without a name, until 1992 there were dilapidated houses and artisanal workshops, and the neighboring streets had an unimportant reputation.
In preparation for the Olympics, in 1991-1992, the shacks were demolished and now there is a wide and beautiful pedestrian zone.
Bicycles, beach equipment and sports equipment can be rented on the waterfront.
Then the Boulevard starts and leads to the Olympic village. At its end, you can see two 44-story towers built for the Olympics-the Arts hotel and the Torre Mapfre office building.