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Barcelona’s best beaches

Travel blog

Barcelona’s city beaches sure are nice but these beaches are worth leaving town for.

Sant Sebastià-Barceloneta

Beaches

City beaches in walking distance from the old city centre.

Costa Brava: Begur

Beaches

Head to the beaches around Begur for the secluded cove experience so characteristic of Costa Brava.

Maresme: Calella

Beaches

The town may have a bad reputation but some of its beaches are among the best kept secrets.

Badalona: Pescadors & Donzella

Beaches

Hipsters and old school charm just 20 minutes from Barcelona. And great beaches, too.

Tarragona: Cala Fonda Waikiki

Beaches

South of Barcelona, wider and sandier beaches, with more reliable sunshine. And then there’s Waikiki.

MACBA

Attractions

One of those museums that arouses more interest among students of architecture than art lovers. While not Guggenheim-ish impressive, it fascinates.

Palau de la Música Catalana

Attractions

A guided tour is fine, but a concert even better, regardless of what's on.

Cathedral-La Seu

Attractions

Big alright, but frankly not that special.

Poble Espanyol

Attractions

Kitsch but somehow impressive. A bit like Disneyland without the mouse.

Las Ramblas

Attractions

The pick-pocketers must have a pact with the guidebooks, as that's the only rational reason that this is included.

Aquarium

Attractions

Stop by and admire the groundbreaking structure and clean lines, but save yourself the admission if you’re looking to be entertained.

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

Attractions

Stop by and admire the groundbreaking structure and clean lines, but save yourself the admission if you’re looking to be entertained.

Teleférico de Barcelona

Attractions

You could go for a drink at the W’s Eclipse bar for similar views, but then you’d miss out on the hair-raising ride.

Hospital de Sant Pau

Attractions

It might seem a bit morbid to have a hospital on the list of sights, but take a walk in the gardens even if you’re not in need of medical attention.

Santa Maria del Mar

Attractions

Even if you aren’t religious, then there’s something meditatively calming about this breathtaking space.

Agenda

  • Sitges Carnival 2017
  • February 23 - March 1
  • Sitges Carnival 2017
  • Sitges now draws more modest, more mature crowds in summer but its winter carnival is still the one to go to.

  • Halloween Panteres Grogues
  • February 25
  • Halloween Panteres Grogues
  • They may not all fit your definition of a hunky Adonis, but the gay and lesbian sport association serves up the best carnival in town.

  • Palo Alto Market
  • March 4 - 5
  • Palo Alto Market
  • Hit this monthly market in Poblenou to browse, socialize and, in particular, eat and drink.

  • Churros con Chocolate
  • March 5
  • Churros con Chocolate
  • Slightly bonkers and completely OTT, come here for some crazy fun with the locals.

  • F1 Spanish Grand Prix 2017
  • May 12 - 14
  • F1 Spanish Grand Prix 2017
  • For boys who like the smell of burnt rubber and motor oil, it doesn’t get any better than the F1 Spanish Grand Prix.

  • Sònar Festival 2017
  • June 15 - 18
  • Sònar Festival 2017
  • Hipsters and electronica – Barcelona’s three-day advanced music and multimedia art festival in June. And OFF Sònar parties.

  • Sitges Film Festival 2017
  • October 5 - 15
  • Sitges Film Festival 2017
  • This small but well-respected festival based in Sitges runs with an emphasis on sci-fi and the mysterious, ensuring that the German leather crowd won’t be the only trolls in town.

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