The Maremagnum is the only commercial center in the city that’s licensed to operate 365 days a year.
Metro: L3 (Green) - Drassanes
The urban transformation that the city underwent after it was named the host of the 1992 Olympic Games brought with it a total renovation of Barcelona’s coastline. The old wharf of Spain was converted into a sports marina, and a shopping center was built in the middle of the port.
In its early years, Maremagnum hosted a wide array of nightlife venues, offering multiplex theaters, restaurants, bars, and discotheques. But it later reinvented itself as more of a family-friendly daytime entertainment spot, keeping its restaurants, adding shops, and losing some of the clubs and bars.
And although it has two access points firmly rooted on the land, the most popular way to enter the shopping mall is by the Rambla de Mar, the route of choice for about 75% of visitors. This wooden walkway measuring 380 meters in length is pitched above the water, and connects the site to the Portal de La Pau and the city’s famous Ramblas, which give the passageway its name.
In light of the sports marina located nearby, the Rambla del Mar also acts as a drawbridge so as to let ships come and go from the wharf. Also found in the waters here are curious figures known as Miraestels. These white sculptures that float on the Mediterranean are the work of artist Robert Llimós, and represent a man who can’t help but look up at the sky.