When summer is coming, Barcelona turns into a real mecca for tourists and the locals try to avoid the Gothic Quarter and the area around La Sagrada Familia. Barceloneta Beach is not taken seriously and the locals tend to relax on a beach somewhere in the suburbs of the city - just 30 minutes away. However, if you don't have much time, we will show you around some decent large beaches inside the city, as well as great spots far away from the touristy Rambla.
Barcelona is not Bali, still it has surfers, surf shops and surf cafes, and a good breakfast at Surf House Barcelona will make you feel almost like you're close to the ocean. Take a large surfboard-shaped table on the terrace and look through the menu which reflects the spot's concept - quick, tasty and healthy. Start your day with some cereals or a €4 eat-all-you-can option. If you're into something more substantial, go for a tuna&cheese sandwich. Make sure you also drop in at the end of the day, to try an Aussie-style kiwi&eucalyptus Mojito.
A large and relatively clean beach within the city, Playa Bogatell is a good alternative to Barceloneta, without hungover Englishmen, massage offers and fake 'Mojita' sellers. This place is loved by the locals who come here for a couple of hours to sunbathe. It boasts a beach bar, some sunbeds and a nice crowd of people, also the water is rather clean. Moreover, you can play table tennis and beach volleyball here.
After some hours of sunbathing, you would naturally love to hide in the shade. So it's time to go along La Rambla, not the Rambla mentioned as number one sight in all guidebooks, but another one called Rambla de Poblenou. Located a two-minute walk from Playa de Bogatell, it is a long green boulevard with nice cafes, small stores and souvenier shops.
Set in the middle of Barceloneta quarter, La Malandrina is an Uruguayan eatery, quite simple on the outside, but a nice one, with long lines of locals at the weekend. It offers a variety of grilled meat on the menu. A huge steak here costs €8 and could hardly be eaten up. The spot boasts exceptionally fresh and delicious meat and is often filled with Argentinians - those guys know a thing or two about the subject. We suggest that you take Vacio, which is grilled beef, and if you're eager to taste everything at once - order a large Asado meat platter. The interior however leaves much to be desired, or rather lacks any decoration at all - it has only five tables and a bar counter. Sophisticated types would not appreciate the spot.
A surf school specializing in SUP-surfing or paddleboarding, which is a type of surfing. It is done standing on a surfboard and paddling. This sport has become popular quite recently, so nowadays more and more schools open and new trends emerge. Thus, in the morning you can watch people practicing yoga or pilates on SUP boards (wider and longer than standard surfboards) in the sea. The main advantages of SUP-surfing are that you can learn to stand on the board and paddle in less than an hour, and secondly, you do not need the waves. SUP classes also have a great fitness effect on your body! Pvkas School offers SUP equipment rental for €13 per hour - you can practice alone or take a class with a SUP guru, that'll make €52/hour.
Foc is where the hip young crowds hang out, it offers a great vibe, nice people, lovely cocktails and snacks like tacos and nachos. The locals love to come here after the beach or for a Sunday brunch - be ready to queue for at least half and hour. The bar owners opened another awesome spot right opposite the Cocktails at Foc. It's called Maka Maka and is a perfect weekend place to grab a burger and some drinks.
A typical Spanish tapas bar with marble tables, wooden chairs, a long bar counter and an intimate terrace. Seafood tapas are what the locals come here for - the menu offers tomato sauce mussels, squids, Galician-style octopus, prawns, as well as classic tapas like 'patatas bravas' (fried potatoes with aioli sauce) and croquettes. Whatever you pick, it would be super tasty and also inexpensive. You will hardly pay over €15 for the tapas and alcohol per person.
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