The Vila Olympic is next to the sea, and between the Poblenou and Barceloneta. Just some 10 minutes by public transport to the south-east of Plaça Catalunya, it is also home to the distinctive Mapfre tower and Hotel Arts, next to the Barcelona Casino. Close by and well worth a visit are the attractive Ciutadella Park and Barcelona Zoo.
In 1992 when Barcelona hosted the Olympics the Vila Olympic neighbourhood was built to accommodate the sportsmen and women taking part. A variety of flat and apartment buildings went up at the time, making this attractive neighbourhood the perfect place to book your Barcelona beach apartments.
Perhaps the most famous monument in the area is Peix d’Or (the Golden Fish) by Frank Gehry. This charismatic work of modern design stands out on the coastal skyline glinting in the sun. Nearby, the Mapfre tower and the Hotel Arts are the two highest towers in Catalunya.