This past June, my favorite band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, played in Barcelona at the historic Estadi Olímpic—good timing, as I wanted to take my girlfriend to Spain as I’d once promised. So, the summertime stars aligned for a travel destination.

Barcelona by the sea. The town is known for its local beaches and barrios, each with distinctive personalities of culture and energy. Here are my “must dos,” aside from wandering and creating your own adventures.