Summer’s nearly here and the main thoroughfares of Barcelona are once again buzzing with energy and excitement as visitors pour into our great city from all over the world. In fact sometimes Barcelona can become a victim of its own success as peak times on the main pedestrian highways get a little too crowded for comfort. Here are a few tips from a savvy resident to give yourself a bit more elbow room on the streets and reduce stress levels!
1: La Rambla – This is one of the world’s most famous walkways and is a ‘must see’ in Barcelona, but once you’ve ticked it off your “to-do list” there is no need to go back again. There are plenty of other ways to get from one end of the city to the other, without having to walk up or down La Rambla every time. Either take the metro from Drassanes (green line) to Plaza Catalunya or walk up Via Laietana which runs parallel to La Rambla.
2: Portal de L’Angel – This is one of Spain’s busiest shopping areas. If you want to shop for clothes and accessories with fewer crowds, try Paseo de Gracia, or even one of the malls slightly outside the city center, such as L’illa (Maria Cristina stop on the green line), which has a good variety of stores.
3: Barceloneta Beach – This is the most conveniently located and most popular beach in Barcelona, especially in the summer. It’s a great place to tread the boardwalk and sit at one of the outdoor restaurants (chiringuitos). However if you feel like swimming and sun tanning without quite so many other bronzing bodies around you, walk about 20-25 minutes along the boardwalk to Bogatell or Mar Bella beach, where there are not only fewer people but where the water is also cleaner.