La Barceloneta and Port Olimpic
- Type: Beaches, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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It's hard to resist the call of the brilliantly blue Mediterranean Sea; take some time to soak up the sun along the Barceloneta district's Passeig Marítime, a seaside promenade that trails just northeast of the Old City. For awhile, the city's waterfront was run down and forgotten, but today, activity thrives here: both the beach and the boardwalk are great for casual walks or enjoying a refreshing glass of sangria. However, if you're looking to sprawl out in your swimsuit, you should be aware that many recent travelers criticize Barcelona's waterfront for its lack of cleanliness.
At the southern end of the Passeig Marítime is Port Olímpic, which is easily recognized by the two seafront skyscrapers, one of which houses the Casino Barcelona. There is also a marina here with plenty of restaurants and bars.