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Barcelona: Port Vell and Barceloneta


For the perfect combination of shopping and location, it’s hard to beat the old harbour of Port Vell and the buzzing beach district of Barceloneta, in many ways the heart and soul of the city

Gary Cohen ,

10.30am
Head down the city’s world-famous La Rambla to arrive at one of Europe’s most scenic shopping areas, the old docks of Port Vell harbour. Head over the footbridge and through the doors of the magnificent Maremagnum commercial centre

12pm
Once you’ve taken in the initial buzz, make your first stop at Friday’s Project, an ultra-trendy fashion haunt for women and men, before hitting Barcelona institution Desigual for the latest Catalan designer looks

1pm
Take the weight off your feet and stop for a light snack at Tapa Tapa. Enjoy the superb views across the harbour, as well as some of the most delicious tapas to be found in Barcelona

2.30pm
Still in Maremagnum, get your gadget fix at Digital Dreams before exploring the latest sensual lingerie collections of Women’secret. For a stunning range of accessories try local favourite Lollipops

5pm
A refreshing premium ice-cream at Farggi will put you in the mood for an early summer, so check out the Havaianas store for the coolest flip flops on the planet

7pm
To top off your Maremagnum marathon, stroll out and along the port towards Barceloneta, the city’s most central beach suburb. This is the perfect spot for an early evening cocktail, followed by a superb seafood dinner at Cal Pinxo restaurant

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