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.
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.
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).
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.