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Barcelona Waterfront Walking Tour

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona Waterfront Walking Tour is a 3.2 mile point-to-point trail located near Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 144 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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If you are looking for evidence that urban regeneration works, look no further than Barcelona's waterfront. A couple of decades ago the idea of pointing visitors, particularly overseas visitors, to Barcelona's beaches would have been laughable. Sure, there was a beach around the old fishing quarter, where there were some worthwhile restaurants, but the beach itself was pretty uninviting and showed signs of its proximity to Barcelona's port and industry. Visitors who wanted a little R&R would be pointed south to the long beaches at Sitges (a short train ride away) or north to the delightful coves of the Costa Brava, particularly those between Tossa de Mar and the lovely coves at Tamariu and around Aiguablava. Then came the 1992 Olympics and a project to re-envision the waterfront area as a leisure hub, with opportunities to eat, drink, cycle, sail, work out, play beach volleyball, shop, gently toast in the sun or pamper yourself in five-star luxury hotels. Today you can do all these things along a four-kilometer stretch of beach that provides locals and visitors alike with a whole new playground. And the beaches proudly fly the Blue Flag-the European Union hallmark of beach and water quality. It wouldn't be Barcelona if art and design wasn't on the agenda, so as you wander along you'll find some pretty amazing public artworks and installations. As Olympic legacies go, it's pretty impressive stuff, so take a half day off from heavy-duty cultural sightseeing and recharge your batteries with this unexpected bonus in what the discreetly nationalistic tourist board describes as "the only European capital that has more than four kilometers of beaches."

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1 month ago

While visiting our daughter who is studying abroad in Barcelona, we walked this trail. It happened to be a beautiful day in February and people were actually swimming. We hiked from the harbor and walked to the far end where the fish sculpture is located. There is a pleasant grassy slope at the end where people were resting and taking in the sun. For 10 euro we got a nice back massage by a local. Small sail boats were out on the Mediterranean- it was peaceful. This reminded us of the New Jersey boardwalk only a lot less cheesy. Very flat and easy to navigate. Plenty of places to stop and have a drink and or snack. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon outside of the city.

Whilst on holiday in Barcelona we decided to do this walk. Although November the weather was sunny and the atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. We did the walk back to front as our hotel was nearby. Nice to have points of interest mentioned. The beach area and port are lovely with lots of restaurants, bars and sculptures etc. Thoroughly enjoyed this walk.

1 month ago