Barceloneta Beach is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and is also a popular area in which to seek a hotel. Despite being such a rich tourist spot, Barceloneta is also a place where you can meet and eat with the real locals. Barceloneta, or ‘Little Barcelona’, is the old fisherman's area of the city and is where you’ll find some of the city’s finest fish restaurants. Remember – if the locals are eating here that’s the best recommendation you can get.
Hotels in Barceloneta can be highly sought and are generally not the cheapest in Barcelona. However, if you’re in the mood for splashing out, why not opt for Duquesa de Cardona Hotel? This romantic 4-star hotel, with a rooftop terrace and pool with panoramic views over the city's beach front, is ideal for visiting couples.
If you wander inland a little from the city’s sea front, you’ll discover a charming side to Barceloneta. Set away from the bustle of the city, this quiet part of town hasn't changed much. Washer women still hang their laundry from the lines, men play board games and swap stories, and life moves at a slower pace. This is also where you can eat what the locals eat, drink what the locals drink, and maybe hear a story or two about how things used to be.
The beach itself is a great place to relax almost all year round. Besides sunbathing opportunities aplenty, there are watersports such as windsurfing available here, and of course you can splash around amidst the tourists and the local.
There is a good choice of hotels in Barceloneta, and if you really want to experience a slice of the area’s history, stay in Hotel 54 Barceloneta. This is a modern 3-star hotel set in the former headquarters of the fisherman's association of Barcelona. If you prefer some independence when you travel, why not plump for Whotells Barceloneta? Whotells offers stylish apartments, designed by Muji, with all the facilities of a 3 star hotel.