Living next to a beach is the best thing ever - except if the beach happens to be Barceloneta, the most popular beach in Barcelona. During the winter it's great. Calm, lively, sunny and clean. During the summer months on the other hand..it's a special kind of hell. Drunk tourists vomiting and peeing all around, people sleeping drunk on the benches.. Everything's packed, loud, dirty and just disgusting.. I guess you won't notice this if you are just passing by, but for the local people and the people who are trying to find their place in this Catalan capital (such as myself), it's miserable. Lately it has been a topic on many news, but so far there hasn't been any improvement.
That's why whenever I can, I love to escape from the city. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to leave the city for a long weekend in L'Escala, Costa Brava. And would you just look at that beach? We found a small rock beach with only a few people on it, and started the days laying there, looking at the Mediterranean and listening to the waves (and my audiobooks, of course). I even swam a little bit. Then got seriously worried when I couldn't spot my friend from the sea for half an hour.. Some take swimming more seriously, hahah.