Platja de la Nova Icària beach with people in summer after COVID 19 on June 26, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.

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Platja de la Nova Icària


The southernmost and busiest of El Poblenou's beaches, this broad golden trip gets lively in warmer months, when a couple of xiringuitos grace the sand, and has views across to the Port Olímpic.

Across the Avinguda del Litoral highway is the Plaça dels Campions, site of the rusting three-tiered platform used to honour medallists in the sailing events of the 1992 games. Much of the athletes’ housing-turned-apartments are in the blocks immediately behind Carrer de Salvador Espriu.

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