Stroll past the beach-front restaurants and bars of Barceloneta, and the port on any given evening and the tables are awash with the well-heeled and tanned soaking up the sun and serenity. Life in Barcelona is good—so long as you have money.

For those at the other end of the scale, Barcelona’s tireless economic boom is nothing to cheer about. The wave of tourists and economic surge only tightens the grip on their already meagre purse strings.