Barcelona was a city I really wanted to visit as unlike many of Europe's big city break destinations, it has the advantage of having a huge length of beach to the south east of the city. We enjoyed spending some time relaxing here in between a lot of hectic sightseeing.
There are various beaches that stretch for miles along the coast of Barcelona, running almost the entire length of the south of the city, so they are pretty easy to find. The gorgeous sandy beaches are lined with palm trees so you rally feel like you have stepped somewhere tropical when you visit. The Balearic Sea is lovely and blue and if we had been there in the summertime I think it would have felt amazing to go for a swim. All along the beach, either behind it, on the promenade or sometimes on the sand itself, there are lots of different structures for you to see and photograph, as can be seen in the examples below. I am not even sure what some of the brilliant architecture is as I wasn’t there long enough to find out but it makes for interesting shots!
In the area in front of Las Ramblas, you can also find interesting people who have made their living out on the beaches, by building structures in the sand every single day for passersby to stop and admire, and ultimately pay them for this work and take a few photos.
So if you are sightseeing in Barcelona and the hustle and bustle, and walking around all get to be too much for you, then I highly recommend kicking back and relaxing on the miles of sandy beaches available to you.