On Tuesday 25th July, as those who have a good memory will know, it will be 25 years since the inauguration of the Olympic Games of Barcelona 1992. Without a doubt, that was the event which marked the future of the city in every way. But leaving aside the success achieved by our athletes, how has Barcelona changed in these 25 years because of the event? The renovations were much deeper than you might imagine. Let us see the most important ones.
The mountain of Montjuïc was the chosen place to lodge the Olympic Ring of Barcelona. The stadium, which was inaugurated by Alfonso XIII in 1929 underwent a total renovation that positioned it at the world's forefront. It was accompanied by Palau Sant Jordi designed by Arata Isozaki, the Picornell pools and the Calatrava Tower. All of them managed to create an incomparable aesthetic appearance that has remained intact until today and has revamped the place exponentially.
Parque de Mar (Sea Park)
The inauguration of the Olympic Games in Barcelona encouraged others to follow suit by opening the sea park in Barcelona. In fact, until its opening, the only neighbourhood that had good connections with it was Barceloneta. Thanks to the infrastructures that followed thereafter, today its inhabitants can enjoy an Olympic Port, the Norte Station and the pavilions of Mar Bella as well as a few beaches for your total enjoyment.
Photo: Engel & Völkers Barcelona
The area of Diagonal was in charge of hosting the polo and football competitions since it had, respectively, Real Club Polo Barcelona and the emblematic Camp Nou. The advancement in this area did not encourage new construction developments, but rather a total renovation of the existing ones. Thanks to this event, it is possible to enjoy Arts Hotel and Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel, two of the most important venues to accommodate the athletes and providing luxury accommodation to anyone who wishes to stay there.
El Vall d'Hebron (The Hebrón Valley)
Another of the great beneficiaries of the Olympic Games in Barcelona 92. In fact, this was the neighbourhood in charge of hosting the Tennis Centre, the Velódromo and, above all, the Villa Olímpica. However, despite facing opposition by the locals and dividing its borders in two. While it is true that this ring road has allowed excellent connection with the rest of the city during all these years, the fact remains that even today, it still has some defects.