What I did and saw:
The main feature of the Barceloneta area is the beach. It is often crowded and not as nice as beaches in surrounding areas like Castelldefels and Vilanova i la Geltru, and there are often pickpockets working the area. However, there are not many major cities in the world with a beach that is so easily accessible to the city center. Also, Barceloneta lends itself to some amazing views of the Mediterranean, sand sculptures, and the W Hotel. There are also a couple workout areas, and Barceloneta can be a nice place to walk, jog, bike, or rollerblade.
During the summer there is an outdoor movie series that is shown on the beach on select nights. You'll want to go early if you want a good seat, but it is totally free to watch.
Where I ate and drank:
If you are looking for a place to get quality craft beer and quality tapas in the same place, Bodega Fermin is the place to go. They offer excellent craft beers and tapas, as well as wine and house-made vermouth.
Brunch & Cake Barceloneta-
Brunch & Cake has a few different locations in Barcelona, and one of their locations is in the Barceloneta area. While they are still one of my favorite breakfast spots in Barcelona, some of their service and food quality seems to have dropped slightly in favor of making their food even more "insta-worthy."
If you want a burger around the corner from the beach, Makamaka is a good place to get it.
BlackLab Brewhouse & Kitchen-
BlackLab serves quality craft beer brewed in-house, some of which they use to make beer cocktails. They also have a good food menu, and their sweet potato fries are really tasty.
Bistro del Mercat-
The first few stops on the Sandemans food tour were in the El Born area, but we also stopped at Bistro del Mercat in the Barceloneta area. It's a great place to try local wines and tapas.
My favorite thing:
The summer movie series is really nice, but my favorite things about the Barceloneta area eating and drinking at Bodega Fermin and working out in view of the Mediterranean.
My least favorite thing:
My least favorite thing about the Barceloneta area is the number of pickpockets around the area. Also, the beach is overcrowded and lower quality than beaches in the surrounding area.
For next time:
Next time in the Barceloneta area I would like to visit more of the restaurants in the area such as La Cova Fumada, La Bombeta, and Bar jai-ca.
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