Barceloneta is the popular beach to go to but in summer it gets CROWDED.
As a West Australian used to having so much space to myself I just couldn’t deal with the amount of people so I continued walking to almost the end of the stretch to get myself a nicer spot.
Tourists are everywhere of course which means thieves are too – watch your belongings carefully and don’t just leave it all while everyone goes into the water.
Along the beach you’ll find chiringuitos or beach bars and cafés too so there’s always something happening, especially after dark.
You can walk to Barceloneta from the centre of Barcelona but it will probably take you around 30 minutes or so. Alternatively, you can take the metro.
Tapas, dining and nightlife
Obviously a post on Spain can’t really go without at least one mention of tapas.
A friend of mine wanted to check out a place in the popular Placa Reial but unless you’re happy to spend a lot of money on mediocre quality then I wouldn’t recommend it.
Instead we got recommended a place a few metro stops out of the city centre and it was not only cheaper but delicious too.
Behind Placa Reial though a friend of a friend took us to a small hidden bar which wasn’t crowded and kind of looked like someone’s living room – I have no idea what it’s called but poke around the back streets here and you might discover something!
For dining options I would say that walking in the direction opposite to La Rambla is a good start.
Maoz is a vegetarian fast food option located centrally and they have amazing falafel if you’re looking for an easy and quick lunch option.
Lastly, of course Barcelona has some of the best clubs in Europe so if you’re out to party there’s no shortage of places to choose!
Wander the Gothic Quarter
If you’re visiting Barcelona Cathedral, the streets nearby are full of beautiful details, archways and a hidden courtyard or two so ditch the map and stroll these lovely streets.
My friend’s cousin lives in Barcelona and she took us on a mini walking tour of the Gothic Quarter.
The highlight was a sweet stop at Caelum, a café appearance from the exterior but all of its seating is below ground.
A street face in the Gothic Quarter
It has such a cute setup and the stone walls make you feel as if you’re in another era.
With a nice array of cakes to choose from – having an afternoon tea or coffee here is a great way to break up the day.
I also really enjoyed the smaller shops in the Gothic area however you will eventually end up walking past the huge brand names too like H&M.
Ignore this and ladies, head to the similar but much better Stradivarius instead – there’s a large store in central Barcelona and it’s wonderful!