Few large cities are able to combine the attraction of sun and sand with a rich historic and cultural heritage. In Barcelona, the four kilometers of clean, appealing beaches extending the length of the waterfront are so easy to reach that a brief walk from the city center or a few Metro stops are all you need to get there.
After the urban reform that completely transformed the area now occupied by the Villa Olímpica, an upgrading of the beaches took place, resulting in newfound pleasure in the sun and sea for the city’s beachgoers. The practice of all types of water sports has increased considerably, and sailing regattas are often held off the coast. Barcelona is definitely a city with a distinct Mediterranean flavor.