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 entire province).This city, located on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a wealthy 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 a thorough 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 see living of Barcelona as the beaches the town was built upon provide sun and relaxation throughout the long periods of agreeably warm weather. It includes a classic “Mediterranean climate” with mild, humid winters and hot, dry summers. While you can find four distinct seasons to the year, they’re generally not very of equal length if measured by conditions as opposed to equinoxes.
Most visitors to Barcelona know its urban beaches, but beyond your capital is where you’ll really experience all of the Catalan coast needs to offer. Overflowing with charming seaside towns and spectacular Blue Flag beaches, this stretch of the Mediterranean runs for some 360 miles, from the French border down to the Ebro Delta in the south. Fortunately, much of the coast is readily available by train from the town, meaning you can 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 far 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 can always find an area for the towel—and maintain a healthier distance from fellow sun-worshippers.