View of Platja de Sant Sebastià

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Platja de Sant Sebastià


At the far southern end of the beach fronting La Barceloneta, this is a handy stretch of white-gold sand for a bit of sun and surf action when you need a quick break from the old city. There's a string of beach bars, restaurants and shops in front of the W Barcelona.

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