Sports you can practise on the Canal Olímpic (Olympic Canal) include canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing, and other sports, whether independently or via organized courses. The facilities include a golf course, volleyball court and shooting range.
The Institut Català de Sòl (Catalan Land Institute, INCASOL) built this canal to celebrate the canoeing events at the Barcelona Olympic Games of 1992. It is found in the municipal area of Castelldefels, some 15 km from the Catalan capital. It is a man-made channel fed with fresh water from the water table of the Llobregat river. The walls are formed of natural stone.
The canal occupies a total surface area of 43 ha, and measures some 1,200 m in length. It is 130 m wide and 4 m deep. The canal offers rowing boats, kayaks and canoes for members to use. Non-members must pay an entrance fee to access the facilities, and can also hire equipment for use on the canal. Motorboats are not allowed on the site.
The main activities taking place on the Canal Olímpic are canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, and water-skiing. It is also possible to practise other sports, whether independently or on organized courses. The facilities include a golf course and volleyball court, both surfaced in real grass, as well as a shooting range with artificial grass surface, a gym, swimming pools, paddle tennis court and cycling track.
These facilities are made available to schools, individuals and private companies offering activities and services year-round. The facilities have been totally fitted out for people with reduced mobility.