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Sharks at Barcelona beach?!

Ever been curious whether there are sharks at Barcelona beaches? So have I been. I found out, keep reading! After having spend the past couple of days trying to feel better (& succeeding!) and spending a lot of time with the nest of seven puppies here in the house (yes, there is probably a direct causality between the two) today, on Sunday roommate L. and I decided it was a great day for the beach. So, together with L.’s sister A. and her bearded boyfriend C. we headed for the sand and water.

The weather couldn’t be any better. Even though we had some domestic delays (read: getting Spanish people out of the house is tough), we still managed to get to the beach before two, which was – red skin-wise – probably early enough.

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Roommate L. with one of the seven monsters.

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Another one of them. Expect many more pictures over the next couple of days.

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Entrance of the beach at Gava

Sharks at Barcelona beach??!

While most tourists stay at the beaches inside the city and mostly go to places like La Barceloneta, according to my Spanish beach companions Gava is the place to be. It’s a little north of the city centre and only takes some 20 minutes by car or so. It is very popular with the locals and finding a parking spot can be challenging. Not for C. though: he and his beard quickly manoeuvre their blue Seat Ibiza into a small spot in the shades, well done!

I immediately run into the sun, it’s been a while since the last time I tasted salty water! After some swimming, some relaxing in the sun and some food, quite a commotion was stirred on the beach. Lots of people gather together around what they said was a Tiburon, which is Spanish for shark. Apprehensive at first, I went to take a look and yes, there was a shark only 3 meters from the beach..!

It was about 1.5 – 2 meters long, and seemed more confused than dangerous, but still: I knew sharks roam the waters here but I’d never actually seen one. After some five minutes or so, the shark decided the show was over and left to tell a great story to his fellow shark mates.

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Relatively quite for a sunny Sunday afternoon at the beach. Then again, Sunday’s here are usually quite sunny. :’)

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No big breaking waves at the shoreline: the Mediterranean sea has practically no tide differences 

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Roommate L.’s sister A. and her boyfriend C.

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So excited (and white) about not having sharks around our legs!

L. had no problem with having a shark close by and decided now was a good time to go for a swim because: “Come on, when’s the next time you can swim with sharks again??”

Fair enough, I thought, and jumped in as well, although both of us were being very wary of what was touching our feet, haha. We survived though, and headed home with faces red from the sun and excitement.

Soon more, in the meantime: stay adventurous!

What would you have done, would you go in for a swim after seeing a shark? Or would you never return into the salty water again?

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24 thoughts on “Sharks at Barcelona beach?!

  1. Ehm Just to be clear. Do you mean Gavá south of barcelona?
    Because twenty minutes north of the city center there’s mountains, not a beach :)

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