The Old Port stretches from the Drassanes Reials,or “Royal Dockyards”, on the right of the Cristòfor Colom statue as we look towards the sea, all the way round to the left until we get to the neighbourhood of Barceloneta on the opposite side. The whole area has been redeveloped with leisure in mind – there are pleasant open spaces and the historic buildings have been converted into interesting museums
The Maremagnum centre in the middle of the porthas a lively mix of bars, restaurants, and shops.A Maritime Vocation The Drassanes Reials are the former shipyardswhere the boats of the powerful Catalan-Aragonese fleet were built in medieval times. Although the site contains Roman remains the present building, which is home to the Museu Marítim, dates back to the 16th century and is a fine example of Catalan Gothic architecture.
Just across the road from this building is an outsized steel sculpture by the Valencian Andreu Alfaro set in the square leading to the World Trade Centre. Called Onades, its 42 metres height and15-ton weight reproduce the waves of the Mediterranean. A wonderful example of wooden boat construction from the beginning of the last century can be seen moored at the Moll de la Fusta very close to the Columbus Monument.