Barcelona could be the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city, with a population of over one and half million people (over five million in the complete province).This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history, having been under Roman, then Frank law before declaring its independence.This beautiful city is packed with what European cities are noted for (outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums and churches) and is fantastic for walking with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core centre of town, focused across the Ciutat Vella (“Old City”) provides days of enjoyment for those looking to have the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation through the long periods of agreeably warm weather. It includes a classic “Mediterranean climate” with mild, humid winters and hot, dry summers. While there are four distinct seasons to the entire year, they are never of equal length if measured by conditions rather than equinoxes.
Most visitors to Barcelona know its urban beaches, but away from capital is where you’ll really experience most of the Catalan coast has to offer. Filled with charming seaside towns and spectacular Blue Flag beaches, this stretch of the Mediterranean runs for a few 360 miles, from the French border down seriously to the Ebro Delta in the south. Fortunately, much of the coast is readily available by train from the city, which means you may be sunning on the golden sand beaches of the Costa Dorada or the Maresme in less than an hour.Playa de Ocata is merely 10 miles northeast of Barcelona, Ocata is worlds away from the city’s perpetually crowded urban beaches. While much of the Maresme shoreline may be narrow, this wonderfully broad, 1.5-mile-long swath of sand ensures you are able to always find a spot for the towel—and maintain a wholesome distance from fellow sun-worshippers.