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Barcelona’s city beaches sure are nice but these beaches are worth leaving town for.
Read more: Barcelona’s best beaches
City beaches in walking distance from the old city centre.
Read more: Sant Sebastià-Barceloneta
Head to the beaches around Begur for the secluded cove experience so characteristic of Costa Brava.
Read more: Costa Brava: Begur
The town may have a bad reputation but some of its beaches are among the best kept secrets.
Read more: Maresme: Calella
Hipsters and old school charm just 20 minutes from Barcelona. And great beaches, too.
Read more: Badalona: Pescadors & Donzella
South of Barcelona, wider and sandier beaches, with more reliable sunshine. And then there’s Waikiki.
Read more: Tarragona: Cala Fonda Waikiki
One of those museums that arouses more interest among students of architecture than art lovers. While not Guggenheim-ish impressive, it fascinates.
Read more: MACBA
A guided tour is fine, but a concert even better, regardless of what's on.
Read more: Palau de la Música Catalana
Big alright, but frankly not that special.
Read more: Cathedral-La Seu
Kitsch but somehow impressive. A bit like Disneyland without the mouse.
Read more: Poble Espanyol
The pick-pocketers must have a pact with the guidebooks, as that's the only rational reason that this is included.
Read more: Las Ramblas
Stop by and admire the groundbreaking structure and clean lines, but save yourself the admission if you’re looking to be entertained.
Read more: Aquarium
Read more: Mies van der Rohe Pavilion
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.
Read more: Teleférico de Barcelona
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.
Read more: Hospital de Sant Pau
Even if you aren’t religious, then there’s something meditatively calming about this breathtaking space.
Read more: Santa Maria del Mar
Sitges now draws more modest, more mature crowds in summer but its winter carnival is still the one to go to.
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.
Hit this monthly market in Poblenou to browse, socialize and, in particular, eat and drink.
Slightly bonkers and completely OTT, come here for some crazy fun with the locals.
For boys who like the smell of burnt rubber and motor oil, it doesn’t get any better than the F1 Spanish Grand Prix.
The gay pride weekend in Sitges for some more fun in the sun.
Hipsters and electronica – Barcelona’s three-day advanced music and multimedia art festival in June. And OFF Sònar parties.
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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The beaches near Barcelona worth leaving town for
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