Badalona, a city of some 200 thousand inhabitants on the Meditterean coast, is the third most-populated municipality in Catalonia. Badalona forms part of the Barcelona metropolitan area and is located on the left bank of the Besòs River. Truly a historic city, Badalona was where Christopher Columbus was received after his voyage to the Americas! Badalona was also was crucial to the hosting of the Barcelona Olympic Games of 1992 and so now, alongside its history, the city beckons tourists with as many as nine completely renewed golden beaches.

Did you know?

The 1992 Olympic Games were held in Barcelona, but it was Badalona that hosted the boxing and basketball competitions.

The historic monastery of Sant Jeroni de la Murtra in Badalona was so admired in the fifteenth century.that it became a summer residence of Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon.

The Olympic renewal of the Badalona port of 1992 left behind it old, stone sea-defense structures sticking out of the sand on one of the beaches. They’re pyramid-shaped, hence: La playa de las Pirámides.

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