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The sea front of Barcelona has a lot to offer tourists. The area was once an industrial ground, but after the 1992 Olympic games was turned into a new district with restaurants, shops, and bars that are all well worth a visit as well as a beach that can be used for sunbathing and swimming.
One big tourist attraction on the Barcelona sea front is the monument of Christopher Columbus. The monument was put up as homage to the explorer and offers a spectacular view of the city.
Also located on the seafront is the Moll d'Espanya, which is a shopping center particularly busy during the weekend. The mall features a variety of different shops as well as a good deal of restaurants to choose from for dining while you shop.
For a little bit of Spanish culture you can visit the church of La Merce, which is a Baroque style church that was built for the virgin La Merce, the patron saint of Barcelona. The city of Barcelona has a festival for La Merce on September 24th every year (a public holiday). Events for the festival include a parade, musical performances, sporting events and fireworks.