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“Nice relaxing point.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of La Barceloneta

La Barceloneta
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Ranked #50 of 697 things to do in Barcelona
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Neighborhood redeveloped to highlight seafood and its maritime history.
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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“Nice relaxing point.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

We visited Barceloneta twice during our visit.

The weather was always sunny and warm, so the beach was full of people (but not overly crowded) relaxing, sunbathing playing beach volleyball and soccer. It was lovely!
The water was still cold, so there was only about 3 or 4 people in the water. The water was very clean and clear, regarding the fact that this is a sandy beach, and that there is a dock nearby.

We loved the fact that there were so many volleyball and soccer playgrounds on the beach, and that every once in a while there was a free public toilet.
There are also showers, so you can wash off the sand on your feet. There are also some bars.

Barceloneta is a lovely place to relax, we loved it! The only downsides were:
- the fact, that there is no shade (it must be extremely hot in the summer with nowhere to hide),
- there was a couple of sellers bothering us (asian woman offering massages, people bothering you if you want to buy beer etc.), but to be honest, we expected more of those. And they went away pretty quickly, so that's a plus.
- the beach is not for you, if you hate sandy beaches. But there is a path next to it (I think it's wooden?), so you can still stroll by without having to step on the sand.

Visited May 2012
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“NIce area to relax”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2012

Towards the end of the afternoon it is a good place to go for a drink next to the beach and do some people watching and relaxing. There are also many restaurants in the area to continue on for dinner. You almost feel that you are out of the city.

Visited May 2012
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“great change from the city and nice to be at the coast!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

barceloneta is a lovely area, and good to get there if you can. it was just a shame when we went that the weather wasn't great but i can imagine it would be really nice if it's sunny and warm - there were interesting sculptures and also quite a few people using the area for their morning exercises which was nice. the buildings are interesting and there are pretty little lanes which are nice to wander around. the row of restaurants near the front are a bit over priced but perhaps they offer really good and fresh seafood? it might be a good idea to head into the heart of the town where we did find a nice little place for some tapas and that wasn't too overly expensive. it's a place to revisit and soak in a small town atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of barcelona and the bus connections are really good as well.

Visited April 2012
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“The music!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

We chilled here for hours listening to the Piratas de Barceloneta a great Spanish band who played a great version of Oye Como Va. There wer 3 other acts all of which were very good. what a great way to spend the day or for them to make a living!

Visited May 2012
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“Get out of the city claustrophobia(in the shoulder season that is)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2012

I first discovered Barceloneta in 2007 after walking there from the Gothic Quarter which can feel dark and claustrophobic after a while. It was refreshing to be on an open beach with the ocean in front, watching surfers out on the water and enjoying a bottle of red wine from the SPAR right near the beach. This was in November, so I was unaware of the summer crowds! Barceloneta during the day in the summer is crowded with vendors swarming like mosquitos selling drinks, massages and the odd trinket. If you go, go in the evening and check out some of the tapas bars in the area(find somewhere that has more Catalans than tourists). Of course as anywhere, watch your wallet. Never had any problems in this area. If you really want to enjoy just suntanning on the beach and get away from the city take the train down to Sitges about 40 minutes south, you won't be bothered by as many vendors or some of the sketchiness you can sometimes get in Barcelona. Also check out Parque de la Ciutadela within walking distance of the Gothic quarter, particularly on a sunny sunday afternoon you'll stroll past circles of musicians, see some performers(performing for fun not to extort you) and not run into too many tourists and soak up some of the creative spirit of Barcelona
Free things to do in BCN not including transit:
1) Montjuic(view of BCN... skip the cable car and take the funicular and then the bus up)
2) Barceloneta (beach vibe)
3) Parc Guell(funky cool park with Gaudi's sculptures and view of the city)
4) Sagrada Familia(Gaudi's church can be enjoyed from the outside, I've never been in)
5) Parque de la ciutadela (catch it on a Sunday afternoon in the sun, good photo taking spots and relaxed vibe)
6) Gothic Quarter(Barri Gothic) stroll through this old part of town with narrow alleys and interesting boutiques, bars and stores.
7) Ramblas(free to stroll down, watch your wallet and purse... if you're like me one stroll down is enough!)

Visited September 2011
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