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dreaming of a house by the sea

It's hard to believe that prior to the 1992 Olympic Games, the Barceloneta district of Barcelona was one of the least desirable areas of the city - a noxious industrial zone which had been dubbed 'The Catalan Manchester'. But thankfully the coastal winds of change did finally blow, and before you could say 'pass me my gold medal' the neglected area was transformed into the bustling Barceloneta beach front and one of the city's foremost attractions.

Even if you're not 'a beach person' it is well worth riding the metro to Barceloneta, as this particular sea front is as about as colourful human circus as you'll encounter here in Catalonia. Apart from the obvious pleasures of swimming in the Mediterranean, sunbathing on the sand or taking a stroll along the Passeig Maritim you'll find tonnes of things to see and do. For a start there's Rebecca Horn's quirky monument 'Homenatge a la Barceloneta' to check out...

  

...taken by the Homenatge a la Barceloneta monument at the Barceloneta beach...

 

Barcelona, Spain...

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Taken on July 11, 2011