On the beach at Badalona | Photo: Tom Walton
Badalona is 10km up the coast from Barcelona and chances are you won't go there when you come. But for somewhere quieter to lie on the beach, or a nice long walk or cycle ride, it's well worth catching the train out from Plaza Catalunya.
The fishing boats look as if they were abandoned there to rot, years ago. But not so very long ago, within living memory, the towns up the coast — and further up on the Costa Brava — were small fishing ports.
One place you should go, if you are interested in the history of Barcelona, is the Barcelona Maritime Museum, which is very close to the foot of the Ramblas.