exit metro at Barceloneta, walk along the marina toward the beach
arriving at the city beach.
Barceloneta's thin blocks hit the beach at an unexpected angle. The skewed intersection creates pockets of open space along the boardwalk. This portion of the beach, nearest Barceloneta, is what I understand as the 'city beach.' The way the dense neighborhood engages the boardwalk greatly affects the place's character.
Shortly after passing the skewed grid, the ground plane splits into 2 levels, putting the sand 12 or so feet from the street.
My encounter with Barcelona's waterfront begins here, at the city beach. After Barceloneta is the well-scaled Hospital dal Mar, Gehry's fish folly, and the Olympic port (w/ residential village to the north). Much further to the east is ForÃºm.