The Departure: Barcelona, Part I

By Lotuff Leather

Barcelona has long been famed for its miles of beaches, with a gorgeous coastline stretching from practically one end of the city to the other. It’s certainly not unusual to see sand and surf in a place that’s this close to the Mediterranean, but what’s special about Barcelona’s beaches, specifically, is that they’re so lively. 

About halfway through walking along the water, an open-air gym with ellipticals and more can be found overlooking the sea--an unexpected call to seize the moment and work out overlooking sea. Keep strolling after your impromptu work-out session, and find beachfront bars dotting the outer reaches of the shore, where it’s never a bad idea to stop for an icy drink. Be sure to try one of the five different mojitos at La Guingueta de l’Escribà with a side of their amazing steamed mussels or ceviche.

 Most of these restaurants offer free lounge chairs to customers, making this a more than worthwhile extended pit stop. Keep wandering, and round out the day with Frank Gehry’s El Peix on the Olympic Marina, a towering, abstract golden fish and serves as one of the city’s primary modern landmarks, glittering in the blazing sunlight.   

 Barcelona is bright and vibrant, so carry along the orange Zip Top Medium Tote: 

 - Liz Silvia