Barceloneta Best urban beach in the world featured

The largest, oldest and—as the masses of chilled out peeps suggest—probably the most frequented beach in the city, Barceloneta is a master of beach culture. The shore instantly teleports you from the city streets to a sandy stretch with stunning views, fresh air and the all-important three S’s of taking it easy: sun, sea, and sand.

Kick back with pals and grab some coconut morsels from the trooping sellers and forget there’s a busy city just metres behind you.

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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