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by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
May 1, 2012
From journal Family Friendly Attractions in Barcelona
August 25, 2010
St. Augustine, Florida
October 17, 2009
From journal Fun Experiences in Barcelona
by Celia Coene
July 19, 2007
Barceloneta is the maritime quarter between Port Vell and la Vila Olimpica. The nice beach has been cleaned out for the Olympic games in 1992 and has since then remained the popular hang out on summer days. It can get crowded but the busy beach life is part of the fun. As pleasant an empty beach can be, it would somehow be wrong if it was the case in this town. Besides, no one goes to Barcelona for a quiet vacation, or if you do, I strongly advise you no to. It is hard to believe that Barceloneta was once a rundown quarter inhabited by sailors and fishermen, as it is now a colorful place full of charm and restaurants. The popular Passeig Joan de Borbo, located on the peninsula facing Mare Magnum, is where most restaurants are located, offering Paellas with a view on the Med. Yes, mostly tourists hang out there, but with that in mind it is still worth a look and maybe a lunch, to experience one of the main quarters of the city. Mare Magnum is the big mall that sprouted on a man made island facing the Ramblas and the Mirador de Colom. I have never found anything there worth my attention or money, which is always a disappointment considering the size of the mall and the shopping opportunities you think it would offer. However the air conditioning gives you a nice break from the heat in the summer. One of the only shops worth a stop there is called Barabu (on the ground floor) and sells funky "very Barcelona" customizable t-shirts of good quality and fun colors.
On the other side of the mall is a humongous Imax theater. I must say that even though it has nothing to do with Barcelona or even Spain, I thoroughly enjoy watching the permanent screening of "Stomp, Ritmos del Mundo", a journey through many rhythms of many countries that gives me shivers of pleasure every time. Watch the trailer at www.pulsethemovie.com.
The Mirador de Colom is a sight worth a visit. In the middle of a roundabout, at the very end of La Rambla and facing the bridge leading to Mare Magnum is perched a statue of Christopher Columbus on top of a big column. It seems hard to believe at first but you can actually take a very narrow elevator that takes you all the way up for a panoramic 360 degrees view. It costs about 2 Euros to get up, but on a clear day, you can take some pretty pictures and check out the surroundings.
Finally, on a nice day, you can try a pleasant boat ride with Las Golondrinas, located right in front of the Mirador de Colon. I liked it because it takes you way down by the Vila Olimpica and gives you a good view of the modern buildings. Watch out for that sun though, it can be tricky sitting out on the deck with the wind in your face...
From journal Barcelona: You 'Gaudi' See This!