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 entirely 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 see living of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation through the long periods of agreeably warm weather. It has a classic “Mediterranean climate” with mild, humid winters and hot, dry summers. While you will find four distinct seasons to the year, they’re not at all 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 all the Catalan coast needs to offer. Filled with charming seaside towns and spectacular Blue Flag beaches, this stretch of the Mediterranean runs for many 360 miles, from the French border right down to the Ebro Delta in the south. Fortunately, much of the coast is easy to get at by train from the city, this means you can be sunning on the golden sand beaches of the Costa Dorada or the Maresme in under an hour.Playa de Ocata is simply 10 miles northeast of Barcelona, Ocata is worlds away from the city’s perpetually crowded urban beaches. While much of the Maresme shoreline could be narrow, this wonderfully broad, 1.5-mile-long swath of sand ensures you are able to always find a spot for your towel—and maintain a wholesome distance from fellow sun-worshippers.