Is Barcelona's most famous market. It's also the most touristy one. While at opening time you will find the market almost abandoned by the tourists as the day progresses it'll become more and more shoulder to shoulder tourists.
But Barcelona is a large city. The advantage of a large city is the range of choice. Mercado de Santa Caterina , Mercato Di Sant Antoni or Mercat de la Barceloneta are not so well known . The fact these markets are almost unknown to the average tourists tends to mean they are real local markets serving residents of the surrounding areas.
Tourists shouldn't feel they have to perform a pilgrimage to La Boqueria. Braving the midday crowds and seeing little more then the back in front of you. If you feel the need to visit the La Boqueria go early when it's just opening.
The urban beaches of Barcelona
total more then 4km. Starting with the older beaches near the W hotel they proceed along the coast. Backed by a promenade that allows you to walk the entire length of beaches. At times the beaches seem to meld into each other. Flowing in a seamless way.
Urban beaches aren't remote isolated deserted beaches by their very nature. Don't expect to be alone. Don't be surprised to have people near you . Or to have people playing volleyball. Enjoy the company and the related chaos. If on the other hand you demand solitude then reconsider going to a city beach.
Before heading out to the beach remember to pack a few things. A beach towel , water and sunscreen being obvious . The beaches do tend to have bars selling food and drink. You'll also face the occasional illegal seller who are easy enough to ignore. In some areas loungers can be rented for the day but you don't need to.
If you've forgotten to pack a towel Decathlon.es has a large store in the city centre. They sell everything from towels to swimsuits and anything else you might want for a day at the beach. The price range starts at the cheap end and goes up with quality. But if you only need something for the day the cheapest are usually more then good enough
Sant Sebastià starts the list of beaches. The stretch from Sant Sebastia to Barceloneta is closests to the touristy parts of the city. Early in the morning the beaches are still mostly locals without huge crowds. Later in the day the crowds increase. If you want an a more relaxed experience best to arrive early
There are a couple of websites from official Barcelona providing information on the beaches
Is the tourist website. Providing information on far more then just the beaches.
Is the city website. Also providing a range of information but geared less to tourists and more to locals.
Both websites are offered in English .
On the island of Fuerteventura in the town of Morro Jable there are now colonies of Monk Parrots. The birds have been fed by humans for so long that they no longer fear humans and will approach to be fed. While you walk along the beach promenade the birds can be heard in the palm trees above you. You'll see the birds nesting in the palm trees. An obvious problem is the green colour of the birds blends with the green foliage of the trees. Use your ears to localize the sounds and then allow your eyes time to adjust. The birds can also be seen flying in groups to and from the trees. When you reach the whale skeleton the birds can often be found in the adjacent play area being fed by tourists.
The number of birds is fairly high and should really be called a flock. The birds you see in the video are only a small portion of those that fly around the area.
The birds are well fed by the tourists. Likely why the number of birds is so high in spite the lack of natural food sources in the area. The desert like conditions contrast with the native habitat of the birds in South America. The local shops seem to do a good business in treats for the various animals in the area. Seeds and peanuts for the birds. Apples for the donkeys. Nuts for the squirrels. All of this in spite of the fact that feeding the animals is frowned upon. You will see signs warning tourist not to feed the animals. Quite often you'll find tourists standing next to the signs feeding the animals.