Barcelona, a photo a day

The Forum @22


A good bit further north on our boat trip along the Barcelona coastline. This is the area called the Forum. Until the Olympic Games in 1992, this area was a dilapidated industrial zone, empty factories, lots of bad chemicals in the ground. It was totally revamped in time for the Games. The area is also composed of the old village which used to be here, Poblenou, and @22, a kind of gigantic techno hub. It is partly a huge building site.

What you see are several of the best hotels in Barcelona (the most expensive, anyway), literally 3 minutes from the nearest beach. Hilton, Princess, and so on. Just behind is one of the biggest shopping malls in town, Diagonal Mar, and the Barcelona Convention Center. And the blue wall on sea level is the beginning of the Port Forum, the other marina in Barcelona. Some of the huge yachts in there even have helicopters on deck.

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9 responses

  1. What strikes me about this photo is the variety of the shades of blue and the shapes of the buildings. I like finding out more about this spot and am glad that it has been revitalized!

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    August 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

  2. I remember what was there, pretty shocking uplift!

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    August 10, 2009 at 7:58 am

  3. Too bad you don't have a “before” shot. What a stark difference it must be.

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    August 8, 2009 at 5:31 am

  4. Very interesting architecture and design.

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    August 8, 2009 at 4:39 am

  5. Those cut-out buildings are pretty funky!
    And that seawall is intriguing. Concrete blocks?

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    August 8, 2009 at 12:09 am

  6. So nice that they revamped the area. I'd like to be staying on the top floor of the hotel on the left, right about now. I can only imagine the view from there. Great shot, Rob!

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    August 7, 2009 at 11:56 pm

  7. Bonjour!

    Your photos of Barcelona remind me of my great holiday in Barcelona!
    I hope to see more of the city through your blog.

    Au revoir!

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    August 7, 2009 at 10:29 pm

  8. Very interesting architecture, especially the building on the left.
    Sunny 🙂

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    August 7, 2009 at 9:48 pm

  9. When I look at this I think of all the different places to sit and all the different views afforded to the sitter, depending on which option is chosen. Really nice shot of what must now be a bustling part of the city.

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    August 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm