One of Barcelona's loveliest features is it's location on the astoundingly beautiful Mediterranean Sea. The beaches of Barcelona are not grand but they are very nice. I strongly recommend you stop by and breath in the fresh sea air.
Fondest memory: On our very last day in Barcelona, Liz and I experienced our first Mediterranean sunset at the Barcelona beach (Platja Sant Sebastià). We got up real early and walked down to the beach (about a 30-40 minute walk from hour hotel). Once we were there we sat on the beach for about 20 more minutes before the sun peeked over the clouds. It was quite a site and so beautiful. It was a great way to end our trip.
Barcelona is a city located on the north eastern coast of Spain and thus is by the sea. It has a beautiful beach and a promenade along the sea, allowing people to stroll or bike/roller-blade.
Fondest memory: I've always lived in big cities and I just love the fact that we could just hop on the metro and get to the beach in Barcelona !
The place in historical Barcelona, where land connects the sea is called Barceloneta and Port Vell. Barceloneta was a fishing village long time ago, nowadays here is a beach of Barcelona, and walking here you see tall buildings of Olympic village, as well as a hotel with a shape of sail.
Another territory – Port Vell – is a place where supermarkets, restaurants are located as well as lining bridge and Aquarium (museum of sea habitants).
Barcelona beaches are turned to west, where the sun rises. So, when I was there, since I could never see the Sunset from the beach, we (me and my group) decided to make a little effort and woke up early in the morning to see the sunrise from the beach.
I think it really paid off. There streets were deserted and everything was peaceful and quiet (it was April not in the summer).
It's as beautiful as a sunset, just a little more cold!
It's the Barceloneta area and the old port... nothing truly old remains, except the name, but it's a pleasant area to stroll about: there's plenty of bars and restaurants, a long sandy beach, the olympic city and a quite scenic marina.
Fondest memory: Walking along the sea, enjoying the tranquillity of a late october afternoon away from the city centre crowds. The peace, I heard, ends at nightfall, since it's a hang-out night area
Favorite thing: The district of La Barceloneta (Little Barcelona) occupies a triangle of reclaimed land between the harbor and the sea. Developed in the 18th century to house seamen, fishermen and dock workers, the neighborhood still retains its maritime atmosphere. It's a great place to eat; many seafood restaurants (chiringuitos) line the seafront, where you'll find the freshest local fish specialties.
Favorite thing: Hit the beaches! There was a huge clean-up before the 1992 Olympics, so the water quality is said to be quite good. I never actually sat my feet on any of these beaches, there wasn't enough time and the weather wasn't that good. The picture was taken when I was the other me, SuperJimmy...
these beaches are not the most fantastic you have luck to see in your life, but in these last years their quality (sand and water) has grown so much!!
Thanks to 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona has changed his face and recover the beaches where for a long time only passes the train and that area was ful of industries.
Now we can enjoy with 5 beaches, each one with their feature that i want to explain here
the best way to arrive is taking the subway and go down in Ciutadella Vila Olimpica yellow line, and follow the street to right hand once in the ground
The first beach you can find is Nova Icaria the fullest and easy recognized beach in summer due to Pizza hut restaurant, that i only visit some afternoon to see how people playing Beach volley
The next and the most interesting for me is Bogatell (also subway Bogatell station)it always is emptier than Nova Icaria and water is cleaner too
Third Mar Bella Also quiet and calm beach cause its further away of touristic guides!!, Above all you could see spanish or catalonian people there
The last is Nova Mar Bella that i dont suggest cause there are 'next' to it the Besos river outlet, and Besos isnt a clean and gorgeous river of course
In that list i forgot the most typical beach in Barcelona, La Barceloneta placed to left hand seeing to sea of Nova Icaria beach and far away from Vila Olimpica freetime zone and Mafre and Arts Hotel Towers. Its in front of Barcelona Sea Hospital (look at your guide map). To arrive there twopotions Barcelona subway station or Ciutadella
Visit the beach at Olympic Port!! It was so nice to take our shoes off and walk along the beach for the first time in ages (and the only time for us in Europe)...
Watching the people enjoying their games of beach volleyball and sunbaking was nice too! It was totally different from anywhere else we visited in Europe. :)
Favorite thing: Dont Miss the Beaches!! Olympic Beach was my favorite. Lots of beachside cafes and bars with oh sooo much to look at!!!! Us Americans are missing out. I have started the bathing suit optional routine at my local beach (on a Lake) and for some reason everyone has left?? Its OK though cuz now I have the beach all to myself!!!
Fondest memory: While strolling along the boardwalk on Barceloneta Beach during the Easter Weekend, I came across a number of sand sculptures with a religeous theme. This one of the last supper was particularly impressive
Favorite thing: Barceloneta is the traditional sailors and fishermen quarter, and the smallest of the 4 quarters of Ciutat Vella. In the narrow streets of Barceloneta it is nowadays still possible to find the typical restaurants and bars from earlier times, where some excellent fish and seafood is being served. With the Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona opened to the sea and completely renovated its beaches, creating even new zones, such as the Vila Olímpica and Diagonal Mar.
...especially for kids
There is not only the beach , but they will find interesting the Aquarium.
And this will keep them busy for at least one day.
If you have enough space in your suitcase, take your roller skates with you.
If you’re there, go for lunch at “La Puda Can Manel” (for details, check the following link-http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1f845c/).
There is a real “traditional” restaurant and despite of the fact that is not so “polished” as the main touristic restaurants, you’ll enjoy it for sure.
Another option for a good lunch is Elx Restaurant which is a modern restaurant with a very good menu and a really nice location (http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1f83d1/)
You may “loose” your wife few hours in Mare Magnum shopping center (and this will give you enough time for enjoying the life : ))
It is costly, I know this, but we shall sacrifice everything for our families, isn’t it? : ))
You haven't lived until you walk along the coastline of the Mediteranian as the rainbow of colors touch down on the beautiful blue water. The weather was outstanding. The people were wonderful. The atmosphere was relaxing and soothing. Of all of the places I have been, Barcelona is my personal favorite. For 4 days all we did was tour this outstanding city by foot. Every inch was as gorgeous as the inch before. If you are borderline about whether to go to Barcelona or somewhere else.....pick Barcelona, it's a lock!
Fondest memory: What I miss the most is there lifestyle. It is not out of the ordinary to find downtown closed for a few hours in the middle of the day...everyone takes a few hours to either siesta or have a fiesta. Nothing is rushed, these people value their time...which is exactly why they enjoy it. Ohhh, and the food, the food was as flavored as any I have tasted before. I went to a number of countries in Europe and Barcelona provided me with the best cuisine.
The cable cars. They give you an awesome view of everything around you and an added bonus of fast transportation (if they aren't busy).
Some great insight to the place can be found here. She is dead on (Also where I got the photo):
Fondest memory: The paella. The paella and wine. Perfect way to spend the afternoon with a date.