Barcelona, Spain is a beautiful city to visit, during the day but at night is when the lights go out the celebrations beginning. Nightlife in Barcelona is one of the main attractions to this city. Tourists from all over the world come together here to enjoy the Barcelona nightlife. The reason why is because of the vast amount of people from all parts of the world, many foreigners, tourists, and students. As well the nightlife presents a wide variety of interesting places to visit and enjoy the night away. The list of places ranges from cafes, bars, pubs, wine bars, late bars, clubs, and various entertainment.
Barri Gotic and Las Ramblas
As a first time visitor to Barcelona, one should definitely start out with the nightlife offered by the Barri Gotic and Las Ramblas. It is a central location, and the atmosphere of medieval Spain invites many tourists and newcomers to this area which presents quite a lively atmosphere for nightlife. There are many clubs, bars, and pubs in this gothic area. Be sure to locate the best locations before you make your way out the door. There are some notable places for nightlife in Barcelona such as Rita Blue on Plaza Sant Agusti, which is noted as a pretty funky type of bar, restaurant and club. Also another notable location is Bosque de los Fades or The Forest of the Fairies which is a small pub and café at the end of Las Ramblas. In this area be weary of making sure you keep an eye on your possessions as this area is also notable for a lot of pickpockets and buskers, however as long as you keep an eye on things you’ll be just fine. Luckily you’ve been informed here and are aware of the situation and can now be prepared to have a great time enjoying the nightlife.
L’Eixample is the neighbourhood north of the city. For nightlife entertainment there are plenty of great bars and clubs here. They are scattered around somewhat, so be sure to check them all out. To experience the nightlife here the best idea for you in this area is to get the locations of all the local bars, pubs and clubs and make your way to the ones that seem most intriguing to you.
This is a waterfront shopping center, Barcelona’s biggest mall, which is really made up of half shops and half clubs. By day it makes for great shopping. But at night, the nightlife here is incredible. The many clubs, pubs and bars take over once it’s dark. There is everything in music from Techno to Irish pubs to Salsa, if there is something you are looking for you will find it here. And the bonus is usually there are no cover charges in most of the nightlife places.
Barcelona’s Port Olimpic
For more nightlife experiences the Port Olympic has a magnificent set of clubs in the Olympic marina area. This spot is especially lovely in the summer when the weather is hot and it’s enjoyable to stop from club to club all night long. Most of the nightlife clubs during this time have outdoor terraces open for those wanting to celebrate under the stars. This type of nightlife is especially great for groups as there are no cover charges in most bars, and many can get involved in the festivities together.
Cafes in Barcelona
An alternative to the usual nightlife entertainment in Barcelona are the many cafes. In Barcelona there are some really nice coffee shops which have a variety of menu options. For instance you might be interested in something to eat, and many cafes offer foods from bakery goods to full meals. The meals are authentic and less expensive than most restaurants, offering lively atmospheres for a pleasant nightlife option. As well coffee shops not only serve coffee and sweets but many also have bars that serve alcoholic drinks, and may also have outdoor lounge areas and patios as well. Barcelona’s nightlife has much to offer, so be prepared to a full night of events when visiting this exciting city by night!
I’m pretty sure most of you know that I learned to like and love Barcelona as the most interesting and diverse city in Europe I know so far… and I know a few… Barcelona is a magnificent place to visit, and one of its main features are its beautiful beaches that go for miles along the coastal regions of Spain.
Along the Mediterranean Sea, you will be introduced to a plethora of beaches to venture upon. Each with its own distinct name and covering its own area of land. Barcelona is well known for its many beaches, which are so breathtakingly beautiful that you will be amazed. So travelling along the coast you will first come upon Sant Sebastia Beach, and if you continue further Baceloneta Beach, Port Olimpic, Nova Icaria Beach, Bogatell Beach, MarBella Beach, and finally Nova MarBella Beach. You could take a day of the week each to discover each special beach, and decide to spend the whole day in each location if you so wish.
The 1992 Olympics improved the beaches in Barcelona, especially the Port Olimpic, which is now well visited among the Barcelona beaches. The massive clean up operation of the beaches and the nearby marina and village which were undertaken at that time has created a beautifully restructured area, that is creating a lot of tourist attraction. Native Barcelonans as well as visitors from around the world are attracted to this redeveloped beach area. A lot of effort goes into maintaining the cleanliness of both sand and sea, which is tested daily, and all beaches have disabled access, lifeguards, sun beds and showers.
The Nova Icaria is a beach that is the closest located to the Olympic marina, and is therefore always crowded with visitors. This wide area of rough golden type sand is great for picnics, as well as walking along the beach side. There are three beach bars, two extremely popular restaurants you will want to visit on the promenade behind, the Mango, and Chiringuito de Moncho. As well along the beach are countless bars and restaurants off the Port Olimpic just a short walk away.
The most striking feature of the Bogatell beach is that it is twice the length of the adjoining Nova Icaria beach. It is bordered by a length of stone walkway which is perfect for jogging, roller blading and bicycling. The raised promenade on the beach cuts down traffic noise making it a peaceful place to visit. There are no beach bars located along the Bogatell, however three large informal restaurants are located on the promenade, and are boasted for their unique food and drink menus. A lovely day can be spent here, calmly enjoying the walkway, and stopping for something to eat during the relaxing day.
The Barceloneta beach is a very wide and long beach that is bordered by wood decks along the side on which lie many American style restaurants as well as the local restaurant variety. Mainly there are pizzerias, and tex-mex style food, but also the Catalan restaurant Agua which is a more authentic Barcelona place. Along this length of beach somewhere along its length, the beach becomes San Sebastian, or Metro Barceloneta, a traditional and popular place with many locals and it is consequently quite crowded and lively.
A short trip away you will be able to visit the Catalonia beaches which are known for their naturalness, and cleanness above all more seclusion and less hustle and bustle of people. So these beaches are for those of you who are looking for an even more relaxing, secluded, quiet and calm, natural beach to visit. The beaches along the coast of Catalonia are the Costa Daurada, Costa del Garraf, Costa del Maresme, and Costa Brava. Make note however that beaches to the South are wider and longer and have shallow water which is safer for children, while the others to the North are usually prettier and deeper with bigger waves. The Barcelona beaches along any coast of the area are a spectacular and breathtaking place to visit, so be sure to consider this as your next travel destination.
Don’t confuse this with the Arc De Triumph in Paris (see here ) – the Arc De Triomph in Barclona is just as great as the one in Paris…well – I must admit – loving Barclona as the most appealing city in Europe – even more.
It was built in 1691 and this monument is one of several built to glorify the spain monarchy. The carved medallions, dating from 1773, celebrate the achievements of king Louis XIV of France.
There’s a small door under the vaulted archway provides access to the interior of the monument with a staircase winding up to the rooftop – too bad I haven’t been in there at night… that’s a plan for my 3rd time in Barcelona then
These are two pics I took in December at night, of course with tripod… and it was cOOOLd…
Barcelona’s beaches are urban. They are nature. They are nightlife… they are magic.
If you haven’t seen Barcelona before, then you probably don’t know what I mean.
The beaches of Barcelona are so wonderful to spend an afternoon or some morning hour before your plane leaves – and they are right in the heart of the city. Both times that I’ve been there in Oct 2005 and Dec 2005 the appartment was within 5-10 minute walking distance to the beach.
They have a big number of wonderful restaurants there, aswell as very classy “ultra-lounges” there like the “Agua” ... and if you don’t care to wait some minutes you can go there by metro (subway) ... or take a take for some bucks… taxi is SOOO cheap there…
for more formal info on the beaches, like the olympic beach you can check this page…