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Best places for people watching in Barcelona

Written by Rachel Faulkner

People watching is the act of spending time idly observing people in a public place, and Barcelona is the ideal place to do it! Why? Because this city is full of wonderful squares, ramblas and public parks – perfect places from which to relax and watch the beautiful people of Barcelona go by. Here are some ideas for your next people watching expedition.

Watch people make sand sculptures on Barceloneta beach

People in Barceloneta The promenade at Barceloneta beach is a mecca for skateboarders, dog walkers, paddle boarders and sun worshippers. People come here from all over the city to stroll by the sea and enjoy the laid back vibe of Barcelona’s busiest beachfront cafes. Whether it’s people playing volleyball, making sand sculptures or rollerblading, this area is a hub of activity and makes for some great people watching.

See the locals hanging out at Plaça del Sol, Gràcia

Placa Sol BarcelonaIf you want to see where the locals go to party, this is a great place to visit. Gràcia is a charming neighbourhood just outside the city centre which draws in a crowd of young professionals and locals, which you’ll see reflected in the many cosy off-beat restaurants dotted around its laneways. Bonus people watching tip: when there’s a religious fiesta or festival on in Gracia, the neighborhood’s squares become filled with local families and there’s usually costumes, fireworks and marching bands – a great glimpse into local community life.

El Born BarcelonaGawp at some hipsters at Plaça Comercial, El Born

El Born is an area of meandering laneways and high-end boutiques where you’ll spot the hip and arty people of Barcelona. At the end of all these laneways is an area called Plaça Comercial where you can sit outside one of the trendy bars and cafes that faces onto the cultural centre of Mercat del Born. It’s the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon after a spot of shopping.

Spot fellow tourists in Plaça Reial

Placa Reial Barcelona Situated just off the buzzing Rambla in Barcelona’s city centre, this beautiful square is lined with restaurants and cafes on all sides, with a fountain in the centre. There is a special atmosphere here, especially at night time when the plaça lights up and becomes a romantic setting for al fresco dining. You’ll see people from all walks of life passing through, especially tourists who wander in off the Rambla to sit and relax.

About the author

Rachel Faulkner

Rachel Faulkner is a freelance copywriter from Dublin, Ireland. She spends her time between the UK and Barcelona.

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