It is a real treat in a city to have world-class attractions and a major business hub plus award-winning sandy beaches too so do make the most of that Mediterranean coastline. The main beach is Barceloneta where you can enjoy a morning run along the boardwalk and then join in the water sports including paddle boarding and surfing. And the beach is not just for relaxing as beach volleyball teams are there most days.
This was a fishing village area so the local restaurants and cafes alongside the beach are very good. And there is a nightlife scene too.
Museums and galleries
Barcelona has some excellent museums including Museu d'Història de Barcelona (Barcelona City History Museum) in the Gothic Quarter in a building that was once part of the medieval Palau Reial Major (Grand Royal Palace). The Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya NMCA (National Museum of Catalan Art) is housed in the Palau Nacional of Montjuïc, a huge, neo-Baroque, Italian-style building constructed for the International Exposition of 1929. It covers a thousand years of Catalan art from the 10th to the 20th centuries. And the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona) has around 5,000 artworks from the mid-20th century onwards.
Museu Picasso has one of the most extensive collections of artworks by this 20th-century Spanish artist. There are over 4,000 of Picasso's early works on display in sculpture, paint and engraving up to 1904. As he was apprenticed in Barcelona it seems fitting that the works seen here cover Picasso's earliest years. And perched on Montjuïc, Fundació Joan Miró is a modern art museum dedicated to Joan Miró who was born and raised in Barcelona. This leading Surrealist artist created the foundation with works from his private collection and it now has more than 10,000 of his masterpieces, from the early Surrealist paintings to the Dada-inspired later works. The gleaming white building is as stunning as the artworks inside.