Rambling Along Barcelona’s Mediterranean Shore

I didn’t do a whole lot of planning before I arrived in Barcelona. Once I get somewhere, I enjoy finding an interesting-looking starting point and then wandering around from there. On my first morning in the city, I started at Barcelona’s Port Vell area.

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The monument to Christopher Columbus is in this area and is a major tourist attraction. I remembered seeing it from the airplane as I arrived.

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The port area is a great place for walking and enjoying Barcelona’s summertime weather. As a southerner, I’m used to heat and humidity, but I was traveling light on this trip through Europe and was caught a bit unprepared (the weather had been relatively mild in the Benelux countries). I made it my first order of business to find a cheap hat that I wouldn’t mind throwing away at the end of the trip. Please forgive the selfie and obnoxiously huge sunglasses (they’re designed to fit over my eyeglasses).

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If you ramble along the Mediterranean shores long enough, you’ll find yourself at Port Olimpic. The famous fish sculpture is hard to miss.

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As the photos indicate, the beaches were very crowded here. If you don’t mind skipping the sand in favor of a pier, though, you can enjoy some quiet moments simply staring into the Mediterranean’s blue expanse.

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