Our third day in Barcelona started off really rainy, which was anything but ideal as we had planned to go to the beach in the afternoon. In the morning however I wanted to discover the shopping mall Maremagnum, which lays at the port, right next to an aquarium. As it was still raining when we left the mall, we also visited the aquarium, which unfortunately I can't recommend. Though the good thing about it was, that the sun was shining when we left, and so we could head over to the beach.What I really liked about the beach in Barcelona, is that there are beach bars and toilets every few meters and still not as many people or even tourists as you would expect. Maybe that's different when you go there in August or July, but I found the atmosphere really relaxing. As I already said in my Barcelona food guide: The beach bars are great for lunch or a healthy juice in between.
In the evening of that day, we also went to the Ciutadella park, which turned out to be one of the prettiest places in Barcelona, or even in Europe if you ask me. An Arc de Triomphe, an alley with palms and pretty light posts, stunning monuments, a lake where you can rent a paddle boat, statues and plants of every kind, people of all nations celebrating their feasts,... Seriously what more can you expect of a park?
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Shopping in Barcelona
Barcelona is a true shopping paradise, I would even call it the London of South Europe. Funnily enough you will indeed find many stores with "Camden" in their name, that also sell stuff which you would find in that very district of London. Furthermore Barcelona even has some shops that are pretty rare to be found outside the UK, like for example Topshop. The best place to start your shopping experience is at Portal de l'Angel Avenue and let the side streets lead you all through El Barri Gòtic. In Barcelona you will also find many thrift stores, even if they are hidden gems like in every city. The only downer about clothes shopping in Spain is that they have the Southern European sizes (even at Topshop!) which means that you will have a hard time finding any clothes above a German size 40 (UK 12, US 8).
MaremagnumMoll d'Espanya, 5
Go there for all the European stores you will also find along Barcelona, the drug store Primor, and a photo booth that prints your Instagram pictures!
Primorall over Barcelona
Go there for hyped beauty brands from all over the world: Sleek, Catrice, Essence, Anatomicals, Bourjois, Ciaté, Essie, Collistar, Korres, Moroccanoil, The Balm, Rimmel, and many many more!
AguadeCarrer del Pi, 4
Go there for the prettiest minimalistic silver jewellery that doesn't cost you a fortune and jewellery designs by local artists. (For a peek at what I got there check my Instagram.)
Holala! PlazaValldonzella, 4
Go there for gorgeous second hand clothes and accessories, the largest choice of dungarees you'll ever see and cheap sunglasses that could be dupes of the latest eyewear trends from Dior and co.
Stradivariusall over Barcelona
Go there for the latest trends in fashion, a huge choice of suede and fringe, and 70s trend that are really worth being associated with that decade.
Other European stores where I like to shop and which you'll find in Barcelona are: Topshop, & Other Stories, Pull and Bear, Berschka, Lefties, H&M, Zara,...
Also read my Barcelona food guide here!