A local's Spain

The best local beaches, sunsets, paella and more

Working with international students at the University makes me realise every day how lucky I am to live in Barcelona, as I hear about their latest favourite spots and discover many of my own. I write all about my favourites for Spotted by Locals Barcelona.

Spain is a destination with a wide variety of different regions and landscapes, from the green hills of Asturias to the arid Andalusia. But my heart belongs to the Mediterranean coast. Follow me to all my favourite spots along it!

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Costa Brava

Up in the north, a perfect day on the Costa Brava would be spent with a walk along the Camí de Ronda, a coastal trail of winding pathways squeezing between the cliffs and the Mediterranean.

You should finish with some food in a unique spot in Llafranc - Far Nomo, a lighthouse converted into a sushi restaurant. The view you'll enjoy as you eat is shown below!

Girona

If you pass by the beautiful town of Girona or decide to stay in Barcelona, you cannot miss the “panet” ice-cream at Rocambolesc. It's an ice cream sandwich, consisting of a hot toasted brioche with cold ice-cream and toppings inside (impossible to choose which ones!). Thanks to this, you will experience something unusual when eating: warm lips and a cold tongue!

What's more, their ice cream flavours change with the season. So you can enjoy baked apple and pumpkin in autumn, panettone in winter and watermelon sorbet in summer!

Delta de l’Ebre (Ebro Delta), Tarragona

Moving south to the Delta de l’Ebre, El Trabucador beach is stunning. Have the full local experience by trying the typical Paella at La Casa de Fusta restaurant.

Cabo de Gata Natural Park

In the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula, close to the port of Almería, Cabo de Gata Natural Park is known for its amazing unspoiled beaches. The perfect spot to view the sunset is the Arrecife de las Sirenas. Take a kayak onto the vast waters, or watch from the impressive rock formations.

Even if you don’t have the time to visit southern Spain you can still taste its local delicacies at El Villa! This vermuteria (vermouth bar) in Barcelona's Gracia neighbourhood is inspired by the seafood specialities of Almería. A unique dish to try is the mojama tapa a filleted salt-cured tuna, like the cured-ham of the sea!

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