Some say that a new Barcelona was born after hosting of the Olympic Games in 1992. The success of the games put the city on the international map and made Barcelona become one of the main urban destinations in the world.
While preparing for the prestigious event, many areas of the city, as well as access infrastructures, were completely reshaped. A whole new waterfront neighbourhood, now known as The Olympic Village, was built for the occasion, in order to host the athletes during the Games. After the event it became one of the areas of the city with the highest demand. Mapfre Tower (the highest in Barcelona) and Port Olympic were also built in this area, which today hosts some of the city’s finest and most trendy restaurants and bars.
One of the most iconic architectural interventions of that time was the Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring). A concentration of sports facilities commissioned to world famous architects, it was the main hub during the sports competitions. Built atop Montjuic Mountain, nowadays the complex is open to the public, who can enjoy visiting the Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi and the Sport Museum.