Olympic Legacy: A Pool of Dreams

Have a swim at the Olympic Pool

Olympic swimming pool Barcelona

The 1992 Barcelona Olympics: A Turning Point

Immerse yourself in the Olympic spirit with a swim at Barcelona’s historic Olympic pool – where champions were made, and history was written. The Montjuic hill’s Olympic Swimming Pool, renowned for its breathtaking views, is arguably one of the most scenic pools in the area. Originally opened in 1970 for the European swimming championships, this center underwent significant remodeling and modernization for the 1992 Olympic Games. Today, it serves as a public swimming facility, welcoming visitors from around the world.

The Bernat Picornell Pools gained global fame during the 1992 Summer Olympics, a pivotal event that transformed Barcelona. This Olympics was not just a sports event; it was a catalyst for urban renewal, bringing a wave of infrastructural and cultural changes to the city. The swimming pool, with its state-of-the-art design, was at the forefront of this transformation. It witnessed the making of champions and became a beacon of Olympic spirit.

Olympic swimming pool Barcelona

A Relaxing Day Out

Beyond its historical and architectural significance, the pool area serves as a perfect spot for a relaxing day out. With well-maintained facilities, visitors can enjoy a swim, bask in the sun, or simply unwind by the poolside. The surrounding area of Montjuïc also offers picturesque views and a tranquil environment, making it an ideal spot for tourists looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Do you recall Kylie Minogue’s “Slow” music video? It was famously shot at the Piscina Municipal de Montjuic in Barcelona. This renowned pool, widely recognized for its role in the diving events of the 1992 Summer Olympics, has a rich history dating back to 1929 when it was initially constructed for the Universal Fair. Subsequent renovations in 1955 and the early 1990s have further enhanced its legacy.

Have a swim at the Olympic Pool

Unique Summer Swimming Experience at Montjuïc Olympic Pool Barcelona

Experience the Exceptional at Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc Nestled on the serene hill of Montjuïc, the Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, also known as the Centre Esportiu Municipal Piscina de Salts de Montjuïc (CEM), stands as a testament to Barcelona’s Olympic legacy. Designed by the renowned Antoni de Moragas for the 1992 Olympic diving events, this pool captivates with its historical significance and stunning city views.

Have a swim at the Olympic Pool

Location & Access

  • Address: Avinguda de Miramar, 31, 08038, Barcelona
  • Metro Access: Reachable via the Espanya L2 metro line
  • Bus Service: Served by Bus line 55
  • Funicular Train: From the Parallel metro station, take the Montjuïc funicular. The pool is a short walk from the top station.
  • District: Situated in the Sants-Montjuic area, specifically on Montjuïc hill
  • Contact Details: Phone – +34 934430046; WhatsApp – +34 934267818
  • Website: Official Website
  • Key Features and Facilities

    • Capacity: Accommodates up to 4,100 spectators
    • Seasonal Availability: Open for swimming from June to August, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    • Amenities: Offers a pool-side kiosk for refreshments; sunbeds available for rent
    • Historical Note: The diving section remains closed to the public
    • Ticket Information: Tickets available until 5:30 PM, prices for adults at €7.05 and children (6-14 years) at €4.73


Have a swim at the Olympic Pool

Unique Aspects

  • The pool, primarily designed for competition, does not include a fitness center or other extensive facilities.
  • The changing rooms, with a history of over 20 years, add to the pool’s historic charm.
  • Its elevated location offers panoramic vistas of Barcelona, making it a perfect spot for relaxation and soaking in the city’s beauty.

Exploring Montjuïc’s Swimming Options Montjuïc is home to three distinct swimming facilities:

  1. Bernat Picornell Olympic Pool: Open year-round with both indoor and outdoor pools, catering to the general public.
  2. Private Sports Club Pool: An exclusive outdoor pool, not open to the public.
  3. Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc: The iconic Olympic diving pool.

Have a swim at the Olympic Pool

Enhance Your Barcelona Experience

  • Discover more than just swimming with our guided Day Tour to Montserrat, complete with hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Explore hotels in Barcelona featuring exquisite swimming pools.
  • Join our unique Barcelona to Andorra day tour for small private groups.
  • Create lasting memories with Photomemoirs, where we transform your photo stories into cherished memoirs.


Note: For the latest information, including potential closures for competitions or practice sessions, please visit the official webpage. Remember, opening times can vary annually, so it’s best to check before planning your visit.

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