In the center of the Olympic Ring you find Piscines Bernat Picornell a bunch of swimming pools which date back to 1969 and ... More
Bernat Picornell Swimming Pools
In the center of the Olympic Ring you find Piscines Bernat Picornell a bunch of swimming pools which date back to 1969 and which were completely renovated from top to bottom for the '92 Olympic Games. The water polo competitions were one of the various water sports held here. It's made up of two pools measuring 50 meters (165 feet) each. During the summer the pools are open until the wee hours of the morning for a nocturnal dip! As with all the other Olympic facilities found on Montjuïc, getting here is a bit of a pain. If you haven't got your own car, then the easiest and most direct way is to take bus 61. Otherwise you need to take the metro to Paral.lel and then catch the funicular, which takes you right up to the Stadium, just a few meters from the pools.
This swimming pool is not suitable for young or non-confident swimmers. Did not seem suitable for disabled to me. It is more like a sport club. No stunning views, as promised on other sites, by the way. You should also know, that they do not refund, even if you have not been swimming, actually. (In fact in my case I am unhappy, because they knew I could not possibly swim there with my young children, yet they accepted payments without explaining situation properly, even offered to sell swimming hats later (!?) and later refused to refund). No English signs, staff speak English only if they like to. Very sad - they actually ruined my day.
But if you are a confident swimmer and looking for a sporty activity, and do not need any questions answered in English, it should not be a bad place to go.
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