Having visited Barcelona a few times before, I decided to do things I hadn't managed to fit in during previous visits.
I was only here for two nights and stayed in the Sants area to make it easier to arrive and leave using the main station.
First thing to tick off on my list was to go to Montjuïc, to see the Olympic Park which is nicely kept and a lovely wander up hill to see the stadium and surrounding landscaped parks. There are stunning views over the city, in particular The Sagrada Familia.
Whilst in Montjuïc I admired The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya which is a wonderful building and provides a stunning background to various waterfalls and fountains. It's incredibly easy to get back down from Montjuïc using a network of outdoor escalators which take you straight down to the Magic Fountain and Espanya Metro.
From here I caught the metro (enough walking in this heat for one day) and went to the beach.
Barcelona beach is a beautiful stretch of golden sands offering views outwards to the sea and also back on the city. It's a lovely walk along the whole promenade, past the multiple restaurants, bars and tourist attractions such as banana boats, paddle boards etc. I had a wonderful meal at Xup Xup Restaurant on the beach where I enjoyed seafood and bread accompanied by a great atmosphere and great staff! Highly recommended if you're in the area but not the cheapest option!
At 9pm I headed back towards the Magic Fountain to watch the displays, it didn't start until 9:30pm the night that I was there and it's beautiful to watch, unfortunately the music wasn't loud enough and it was beyond crowded but as I said, it's nice to watch regardless! The following day I spent most of my time at the beach simply having a lazy day and wandering up and down the boardwalk. I watched people roller skating around, people working out on the outdoor gym area and tourists photographing at every opportunity!
A lovely spot if you're feeling hot and need something cold to cool you down is Eyescream by the harbour which serves literally ice cream with edible sugar craft eyes...
My final thing to tick of my Barcelona list was to wander around the gothic quarter to see the art, cathedral and busy shopping streets. A lovely place to sit and watch the world go by and lots of streets to get lost in!