Located in the modern neighbourhood of La Vila Olímpica del Poblenou, Nova Icaria Beach is the first of the Barcelona Beaches on the Sant Martí side of the Olympic Port.
With Frank Gehry's Fish sculpture and the twin towers of Torre Mapfre and Hotel Arts as the backdrop, the beach was created during the building of the Olympic Village for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
The New Icaria Beach and the main street in the neighbourhood are named after the Icarians, a 19th century utopian socialist movement led by Frenchman Étienne Cabet, which had followers in the then industrial area of El Poblenou, some of whom participated in the ill-fated attempt to set up a utopian socialist colony in the United States.
The experiment failed but the movement's memory lives on the names of the beach and the street because the building of the Olympic Village in the then very rundown Poblenou neighbourhood was seen as something of a phoenix from the ashes in the Barcelona of the late-1980s.
This long golden sandy beach is a great addition to the Barcelona coastline and has a lifeguard service as well as showers and public toilets.
Here you can also find the Centre Municipal de Vela or Munipal Sailing Centre, which offers sailing trips as well as sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and scubadiving courses.
The beach is backed by xiringuitos or beach restaurants and is very convenient for the bars, restaurants and shops of the Port Olímpic.
Platja de la Nova Icaria
Passeig Marítim de la Nova Icària, 60
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