The beach sits just on the other side of the harbour of Port Vell, and is 5-6 kms of tree lined, paved promenades and sandy beaches. The modern seawalls that protect the marinas, are designed to house even more cafes and shops. Restaurants abound and small booths sell ice creams, crepes and cold drinks. Bodies are brown and invariably topless. People stroll in outfits from board shorts to Sunday best, and can pass you on bikes, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, trikes and segways. On this day there was even a spectacular air-show on over the beach. It's a perambulators delight!
It's a non stop celebration.
It's a sensory delight.
An older area known as Barri La Barceloneta, inhabits a number of city blocks right on the beach front and is prime for development. It's where the locals live, and each street is filled with community parties, celebrations and parades on any given weekend. It is the vibrant heart of this area, but it is under threat.