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La Rambla Ciutat Vella The Sea Front Barri Gòtic Paral·lel Montjuïc
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Reials Drassanes
Moll de Barcelona
Columbus Monument
Passeig de Colom
Other buildings of Paseo Colˇn
Basílica de la Mercè
Moll de la Fusta
Moll d'Espanya
La Barceloneta

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For a long time, Barcelona was a city which turned its back on the sea.
The "miracle" of the 1992 Olympic Games represented a radical change here too.

The Port Vell, La Barceloneta, the preparation of the Beaches and the construction of the Port OlÝmpic, have opened the doors of Barcelona to the blue Mediterranean.

The Rambla no longer ends at the Columbus statue like it used to, but continues along a wooden bridge, the Rambla de Mar, to the Moll d'Espanya (Port Vell), which since 1995 has an exceptional leisure value.

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At the Moll d´Espanya you can find the Imax, with its cinema screens (Imax, 3D and Omnimax), the Aquarium, the biggest in Europe, and the Maremagnum shopping centre, with its shops, restaurants, music bars, terraces and night life.

The bridge opens sideways whenever a sailing boat has to enter or leave the marina, a curious spectacle. You can board the famous Golondrinas to sail to the breakwater or Olympic Port.

Then, you can continue along the Moll de la Fusta and its terraces as far as the Palau de Mar, clustered with tempting restaurants. From there you have two alternatives. If it's time for lunch, continue along the coast to Barceloneta to eat seafood, or continue straight on to the Estaciˇ de Franša, a restored building from 1929 and the Parc de la Ciutadella, where you will find the Catalan Parliament, statues and pavilions from the 1888 world fair, which now house various museums.

In the same park is the Zoo, where you can see Snowflake, the only albino gorilla. Leaving the park and continuing in the same direction, you reach the newest district of Barcelona, Nova IcÓria, where you will find the Olympic Village, a few metres from the Olympic Port. The most important attraction here is undoubtedly the terraces and restaurants, as well as the beaches in the summer.

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