Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in the world but each year that I visit, this is the 5th, it gets more and more crowded. This year I was fortunate enough to be visiting local friends, so I was able to get a taste of the real Barcelona, away from the crowded tourist traps. The highlights are undoubtedly worth seeing, as described in my last post about Barcelona. However if you’re in the mood for something different or you’ve been to Barcelona before, I’d like to share the love and let you in on the secrets!
Get the real food market experience
Get the best view of the city from Turo de la Rovira
Head for the beaches out of town
Barcelona beach is great for a quick sunbathing session or some beers with a few friends, but it’s a manmade beach and not the nicest quality. The beaches just half an hour out of town are far nicer and make the perfect day trip. Most people head for Sitges as it has plenty of great food, a nice big beach and a beautiful old town behind the church just waiting to be explored. For something different with less hawkers, try Garraf beach which is more popular with the locals. There’s less food options so bring a picnic or treat yourself to a delicious €15 lunch at La Cúpula.