Barcelona

A Stroll Through Barceloneta

Monica Murphy is a student at The College of New Jersey and an ISA Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona is a hustling and bustling city full of rich culture and historical sights. However, it is often forgotten that the city is built onto the Mediterranean Coast. Barceloneta, or Little Barcelona, is a relatively new area that was remodeled for the 1992 Olympics. As a result, the beach culture in Barcelona is booming with surf shops, coastal bike riding and water sports quickly gaining popularity. In between my classes, you can usually find me laid out on the sand reading and eating a bocadillo.

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 1

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 2

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 3

The Maremagnum is a shopping and dining hub with lots of open air dining.

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 4

The streets lining Port Vell are filled with seafood dining and markets.

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 5

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 6

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 7

In addition, Barceloneta is home to lots of different street musicians that play a variety of instruments and genres.

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 9

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 10

Finally, we made it to the playa! The W hotel is a Barceloneta landmark that was designed to mimic a sail going into the sea. The mirrored effect on the windows help the building blend in to the coastal background.

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 11

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 12

Surrounding the coastline of Barcelona are mountains. On a clear day, you can see the peak of Monserrat.

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 13

Even in the winter months, the sea stays at around 50◦F and is always a crisp and clear blue.

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 14

Barceloneta is one of my favorite and most visited neighborhoods while studying abroad here. It has the perfect dosages of culture, food and sunshine.

Barceloneta Barcelona Spain Murphy 15

The world awaits…discover it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s