Barcelona’s long, sun-drenched waterfront provides a pleasant escape when you need a break from Gothic lanes and Modernisme. Heading east from the old city, you’ll soon find yourself amid tempting seafood restaurants and waterfront bars, with a palm-lined promenade taking cyclists, joggers and strollers out to the beaches running some 4km up to Parc del Fòrum - which is also the setting for outdoor summer concerts and funfairs. A series of pleasant beaches stretch northeast from Port Olímpic. They are largely artificial, but this doesn’t stop an estimated seven million bathers from piling in every year! A short train ride out of Barcelona, and you'll find an even wider range of sandy enticements.