La Vila Olímpica

It's hard not to love a neighborhood that basks in the sunshine by day and gets in the groove by (late late) night.

Boasting sultry curves instead of sharp edges, La Vila Olímpica traces the gentle bend of Barcelona's spectacular coastline. Fashion-conscious cosmopolitan crowds flock to the neighborhood's glittering beaches, bars, and nightclubs ready to revel and look good doing it. When you want to start your day in the sun and finish it at the break of dawn, make your way to La Vila Olímpica.

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On the Map

La Vila Olímpica is within Sant Martí and bordered by Glòries - El Parc, Sant Pere/Santa Caterina, El Poblenou, La Barceloneta, Ciutat Vella, and Eixample

El Prat Airport: 20 minutes by car without traffic or 55 minutes by public transit
Sants Station: 35 minutes by public transit
Plaça Catalunya: 25 minutes by public transit
Sagrada Família: 30 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Luxury Along Barcelona's Coast

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Clean, broad boardwalks and shining high-rises set the scene for La Vila Olímpica, Barcelona's luxurious beachfront neighborhood.

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Developed in preparation for the 1992 Olympic Games, the neighborhood's buildings display a futuristic, modern flair.

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Their rounded facades reflect the curvature of La Vila Olímpica's sandy shores.

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The area has two beaches, Icaria and Bogatell, both of which are increasingly popular and house quite a few beachside bars and restaurants. If you want to sunbathe in peace, you can walk up the beach away from the port, where there are far less people. Although, you may find yourself stumbling across a few nudists!"

Seaside Dining In La Vila Olímpica

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The neighborhood offers more than a few options for elegant oceanside meals.

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The freshness of the food can be matched only by the magnificence of the dining environment.

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Seafood with a side of ocean?

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Yes, please.

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This neighborhood used to be an industrial area, and is now developing into a trendy and arty district with a mixture of families and young people."

Late Nights In La Vila Olímpica

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The setting sun signals the beginning of a long night in La Vila Olímpica.

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Along the shore and inside the restaurants, a new buzz begins to emanate throughout the neighborhood.

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Dining, drinking, dancing, and table-side serenades take place as the night commences.

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Lounges begin to fill up and lines begin to form.

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The clamor of falling coins can be heard as the doors to the neighborhood's casino open.

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Whatever your nighttime pursuit, you can find it in La Vila Olímpica.

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All aboard.

You will enjoy the best place to stay in Barcelona, "the Olympic Port," under the sun and fresh wind from the sea in the heart of the city."
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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Susana Lopez

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Susana Lopez is a freelance photographer currently based in Barcelona. She travels wherever an interesting project takes her. Design and music are two of the corner stones of her life and she admits to feeling slightly frustrated that she didn’t become a rockstar. Photographing Barcelona for Neighborhoods made her fall in love with this amazing city all over again.

Serena De Sanctis

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Serena De Sanctis was born in Rome, and lives and works in Barcelona. She feels that photography enables her to approach and experience other people’s lives. Photographing Barcelona for Airbnb enabled her to get to know every corner of the city and to showcase what each neighborhood has to offer.