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How to escape the heat (and the tourists!) this summer

Written by Gabriela

Spring’s just around the corner and before you know it, summer‘s will be on its way, too. While everyone will likely be looking for some kind of escape from the throngs of tourists in the city center, not all of us are able make the trek to one of the idyllic coves in the Costa Brava or the Costa Daurada. If making your way down to Barceloneta and plopping your beach umbrella down in an area roughly the size of a square meter doesn’t sound too appealing, I’ve got the solution for you.

The park

El PratThe nature reserve in the Delta of Prat de Llobregat boasts 3.4 kilometers of beach available for public use, but the park isn’t limited to the coast. It also has an area which is home to one of the oldest and most abundant agricultural zones in Europe – the artichokes from El Prat are some of the most famous after all. You can go cycling along the flat roads that are located among the fields as well as birdwatching in the delta or even plane watching from the various lookout points throughout the park to ponder how the planes that take off from the airport stay suspended in the air.

The beach’s distance from the center of Barcelona and the fact that it is not well-connected to public transport makes it a relative sanctuary while the nearby beaches of Sitges and Maresme are plagued with tourists. Despite being more crowded during the summer months, it’s still possible to find an open stretch of beach so that you’re not an arm’s length away from sunbather next to you. If you go before May, the entire beach is practically yours and can be a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city living. It’d be the perfect spot to do yoga to engross yourself in that novel that you’ve been putting off reading.

Getting there

El Prat ParkThe best way to get to the delta is by car, but you can also travel by train on line R2 from Estación de la Francia and get off in Estación del Prat de Llobregat. After that, you’ll have to take bus PR2, PR3 or L10. Again, hitching a ride from a friend would be your best bet if you don’t have a car.

Although it is difficult to escape the swarms of tourists and beachgoers that will descend on Catalonia’s shores this August, it is not impossible.

Do any of the readers out there have any suggestions for places where you can escape the heat and the tourists?

Don’t worry, we’ll keep it between us.

How to escape the heat (and the tourists!) this summer
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Gabriela

Gabriela has moved to Barcelona to teach English. She fell in love with the city straight away.

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