Barcelona’s picturesque riviera is a hotspot for seafood, sunbathing and more.

TravelCurious Tip

The fun can last from morning to night. With rinsing showers on the beach and so many great places to lunch and dinner - and to have a drink afterwards - you will have no need to leave!

Little Barcelona

The beautiful beaches here are brimming with people during the summer months. Visitors can relax under the hot Spanish sun, take a dip in the sea, or get involved in water-sports.

There’s more to see here than golden sands and the bright blue Mediterranean, however - the promenade is lined with shops, hotels, and a slew of great restaurants, where the seafood is particularly good. The district of Barceloneta ('Little Barcelona') is traditionally the home of the city’s fishermen. In recent years, the popularity of the seafront has attracted a number of great bars and nightclubs which stay open well into the early hours.

Monuments and malls

Just before Barceloneta is the Olympic Village district, which was built in 1992 and sparked a period of urban rejuvenation in the area. Further along is an impressive 60 metre monument to the famed explorer Christopher Columbus, placed on the spot where he brought the report of his discovery of America to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. The Late Baroque church La Mercè, dedicated to the city’s patron saint, is also well worth a visit. For further shopping, the enormous Moll Espanya Maremagnum, an extension of La Rambla, will put your luggage capacity to the test.

Another highlight is the Drassanes Reials, now hosting the excellent Maritime Museum: these medieval shipyards are a rare surviving example of civic Gothic architecture. Barcelona became great as a centre of maritime commerce, and, as is typical of the city, its seafront offers both historical interest and fun in the sun.

Nearby Attractions

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Barceloneta is the city's definitive neighbourhood by the sea, it contains one of the city's most loved beaches.
Glòries Tower Observation Deck
Located in the Clot neighbourhood and designed by Jean Nouvel, is considered one of the symbols of contemporary Barcelona with 360° views of the city.
A relaxed neighbourhood off the beaten track with friendly markets, cafés and parks.
Olympic Port
Originally built for Barcelona's 1992 Olympic Games, this hectic port is worth a visit for great seafood and busy beaches.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Scenic city park housing the Catalan Parliament
Cascada Monumental
Huge fountain in the Parc de la Ciutadella

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