And……..my #1 top choice of places you have to visit in Barcelona is with out a doubt, the incredible waterfront on the Mediterranean Sea! I mean, it’s the Mediterranean. How bad can that be? Not bad at all. Sparky and I being the water and sail boat lovers that we are, were drawn like magnets to this fantastic oasis that we walked to from the city center! Yes, it’s actually accessible for the local residents! The Barcelona Waterfront was re-fashioned and up-scaled for the 1992 Olympic Games, much to the benefit of the local residents and visitors. Mile after mile of beautiful sand beaches. Quays, Piers and Marina after Marina. A absolutely gorgeous concrete and tile promenade extends for miles above and alongside the shoreline. A wooden walkway sits right on the sand and is lined with shops, bars, bistros and cafe’s.
Surfers practicing their moves.
The Promenade with segways, strollers,joggers, bicycles and old men with canes. Everyone uses the waterfront! There are bars and cafe’s right on the sand.
And Palm Trees. Lots of Palm Trees. I will be a tree hugger for sure when there are palms involved! This is one of several wide tile plazas with seating and summer shade.
It’s the end of March and the weather was still “iffy” but the cafe’s were getting ready to open and the beach walkers were plentiful.
Oh…and the lampshades were made from clothespins! Love it!
Workers were busily getting those deck chairs knowing the sun and heat are right around the corner.
We watched this man making his sand art of a dragon. Throwing coins into his bowl shows your appreciation of his artistry.
Sea, sun and Palm trees. Is there a better combination?
The piers separate the different beaches and are lined with restaurants with perfect views of the Mediterranean.
Fishermen casting their lines in the ongoing quest for a bite, while the Sail Fish dance on the waves.
Groups of school kids enjoying games on the sand.
And then there is me, strolling along the plaza at the Barceloneta. A smile non stop plastered on my face.This area was historically the home to sailors and fishermen before the Olympics came in and up-scaled the waterfront making it rather pricey.
My “Barcelona” hat which I’ll be sporting all summer!
Ocean liners waiting their turn to enter the Port of Spain. I could sit and watch for hours. Where do they come from and where are they going? What mysterious cargo are they carrying? Spices from the Malaysia? Silk from China?
And then…………the MARINAS! Ocean going Yachts the size of 20 story buildings and more. This is the money of the Mediterranean!
Dan in his glory admiring the Yachts! Who owns them? Saudi Princes? Corporate CEO’s?
The “Lady Christina.” Look carefully and you can see a man on the deck which gives you some perspective as to how huge this boat is.
The white shroud in the background is a shrink wrapped Yacht! Lifestyles of the rich and famous, indeed!
Dan, day dreaming of owning another sailboat and living on it in Barcelona during the summer. He said he’d grow his hair into a ponytail, have a gold chain around his neck and live in shorts and sandals. It could happen! He loves a sail boat.
And lastly, the waves breaking on the beach as a huge boat sails off into the great unknown. Sigh………………
I hope you enjoyed going to the beach today! Thanks for joining me on this journey to Barcelona, Spain. Your journey may be to your back yard today, but wherever it takes you, enjoy all you have and dream on!
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