Mailuna Relax ...

Mailuna is an idyllic place in busy Raval, just a few metres distance from the MACBA in the middle of the so-called barrio chino. A perfect pit stop for the stressed out soul to recharge their batteries in, Mailuna provides goods, food and services for maximum relaxation.

A large assortment of teas, freshly made fruit juices and creative foods can be enjoyed in the informal and quiet interior. Natural body care products like soaps and oils are on sale and there are the tempting options of either taking a siesta in one of their specially designed and decorated rooms, or of having a professional therapeutic massage specially designed for your individual needs.

Chringuito Inercia Last, but not least

Inercia is chiringuito numero tres on Nova Icária beach—a darling among Barcelona’s beaches—which basically doesn’t offer anything terribly different than its peers, but it’s still very good: a relaxing athmosphere, simple dishes, a long list of drinks and—most famously—an extensive assortment of classic cocktails, all whipped up by a cheerful staff.

Inercia’s popularity though most likely comes from the well-tuned sound system, on occasions played by DJs laying down easy electronic grooves. Meanwhile, the nearby giant rope pyramid is where the youngest beach visitors call home—and thus and makes Inercia a favorite for families as well.

Mercat Fira de Bellcaire Treasure trove

Barcelona’s largest, oldest and, arguably, best flea market, Mercat Fira de Bellcaire dates back to the 14th century. While most of the items are of a more recent vintage, the baffling range of weathered treasure to be found does the market’s long history proud.

Alongside idiosyncratic selections of dusty bric-a-brac and old curios, more conventional commodities are in impressive supply—secondhand clothing and vinyl abound. Also, be sure to check out the section where carpenters sell their own new and refurbished furniture.

The market opens at nine, and an early start is recommended if you want to catch it before the crowds roll in and decimate the day’s store of goodies. Once you’re shopped out—and you will be—fall into one of Barrio Clot’s many tapas bars to sample the local hospitality and cuisine.

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