Cobi – Barcelona’s Olympic Mascot

Statue of Cobi. Barcelona's Olympic mascot was designed by Javier Mariscal for the 1992 Olympic Games
Statue of Cobi

With it’s heady mix of culture, beaches, history, architecture and night-life Barcelona is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. The tourist boom started in 1992 when the city hosted the Olympic Games and embraced the opportunity to promote and reinvent itself.

Cobi – Barcelona’s 1992 Olympic Mascot

No Olympic Games would be complete without an Olympic mascot. Rio had Vinicius, Los Angeles Sam, Atlanta Izzy and London had Boris Johnson on a zip-line.

Barcelona’s mascot was called Cobi and was designed by Javier Mariscal. Cobi is a cartoon dog based on the Catalan sheepdog and inspired by the cubist styles of Picasso and Velazquez. The artist designed a version of Cobi for every Olympic sport as well as for Olympic sponsors such as Coca-Cola and Danone.

The character was so popular that Cobi merchandising was one of the main sources of income of the games. During the ’90s a spin-off TV series called The Cobi Troupe appeared on TV in Spain and abroad.

Statue of Cobi in the Vila Olímpica

Statue of Cobi, Barcelona's mascot for the 1992 Olympic games
Estanque de Cobi, Barcelona

The bronze statue of Cobi in Barcelona’s Vila Olímpica was inaugurated in 1992, just 2 weeks before the start of the Olympic Games. Cobi is portrayed dressed in a toga standing atop a turtle and a lobster which bears more than a passing resemblance to Gambrinus, the other sculpture by Javier Mariscal which adorns Barcelona’s waterfront.


Estanque de Cobi, Parc del Port Olimpic s/n, Barcelona

How to get there

The statue is located in the park just behind the Port Olimpic. Nearest metro stop Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica on the yellow line L4.

Other attractions nearby

Port Olimpic
Hotel Arts
El Peix (Frank Ghery’s Goldfish)
David and Golaith


Parc del Port Olimpic s/n, Barcelona

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