Best Barcelona Beaches
Is it the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia? The La Rambla? What about Park Guëll? Well, none of them. More than 300 sunny days every year, as well as hot and humid summers, make it ideal for taking advantage of Barcelona’s 4.5-kilometer coastline by going for a swim in the Mediterranean. No wonder it is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations! In summer, you could comfortably spend the entire day at the beach here and not go back till the wee hours, whether you’re into beach activities and water sports or you prefer to locate a shaded location and doze. Have no idea where to begin? If you’re looking for the greatest beaches in Barcelona, go no further than our guide.
1. Bogatell Beach
In the past, a stream traveled from Vilapicina’s uptown neighborhood down Bogatell Avenue to the sea, thus the name Bogatell Beach. Bogatell’s town center was populated mostly by fishermen who had to put up with the foul odors emanating from the city sewage, which drained directly into the sea. It’s now one of the most famous beaches in Barcelona because of extensive renovations made to the shoreline in the 1980s. Bogatell has the oldest beachgoers, with an average age of 38, according to local surveys. The majority of them (around 30 percent) come from outside the city for business.
Length: 702 metres
Transport: Bus V25, V27, V31, H16, 59; Metro L4 (Poblenou & Llacuna)
Services: handicapped-accessible restrooms and showers; lifeguards; police stations; information points; free WiFi in Barcelona; volleyball court; work-out area; table tennis; basketball court; playground; lockers; beverage sellers; and beach umbrella and lounge chair rentals.
2. Sant Sebastià Beach
Ciutat Vella’s beachfront, which runs along the Barceloneta neighborhood’s shoreline, contains a part once known as Sant Miquel Beach, which stretches for many miles. Walking distance from the city center, this stretch of sand and water is popular with both residents and tourists. A beautiful view of Barcelona’s whole coastline can be found just below the W Hotel in the area to the south-west. From there, you can see the Olympic Port, the three chimneys, and the massive solar panel on the grounds of the Fòrum. Unofficial nudist beaches and gay hangouts may be found just outside the resort’s swimming pools, which are next to each other. Lots of nightclub staff use this beach to work on their bodies in the morning and during lunchtimes.
Length: 1,085 metres
Transport: Bus V15 & V19; Metro L4 (Barceloneta)
Services: Restrooms, accessible showers, police station, lifeguard, beverage and ice cream sellers, information kiosk, Barcelona WiFi, and beach lounge chair and umbrella rental.
3. Mar Bella Beach
These baths, known as the Baños de la Mar Bella, existed around the turn of the 20th century but were destroyed in a storm. The city’s citizens formerly regarded this stretch of coastline in high esteem, but by the middle of the twentieth century, things had changed. The seaside towns of Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella were revitalized after the 1992 Summer Olympics. Nudist beach on one end and a children’s playground (complete with an inventive slide) on the other combine to make the former. Football and volleyball are two more popular sports among the young people in the area.
Length: 512 metres
Transport: Bus V31, V25, H16, V27; Metro L4
Services: Parking, handicapped facilities and showers and lifeguard coverage as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the area. There are also volleyball and basketball courts as well as play areas and fitness areas. Area frequented by bikini-clad tourists.
4. Nova Mar Bella Beach
The region where La Barceloneta is located is known as Mar Bella. When land is reclaimed from the sea, it is called a ‘marbella’, which is how this beachfront neighborhood got its name. There are two beaches here called Split Beaches because of the way the name was spelled. The beach in Nova Mar Bella is particularly popular with ladies (60 percent of visitors are female) and young adults. If you or anybody in your company is impaired, this is the beach for you. There are paths that go from the sand all the way to the water, and volunteers are on hand to help. There’s even a lift available if required. The service must be requested ahead of time at the beach information center, and anybody over the age of 18 must accompany a handicapped person who requests it.
Length: 420 metres
Transport: Bus V27, V29, V31 & H16; Metro L4 (Selva de Mar & El Maresme|Fòrum)
Services: Wheelchair-accessible restroom and shower facilities; lifeguard services; information desk; a volleyball field; and the rental of umbrellas and lounge chairs; as well as ice cream and beverage vendors.
5. Llevant Beach
After the Prim breakwater’s cement blocks were removed as part of the area’s redevelopment into Diagonal Mar, a new beach was created. The only drawback of Llevant is the lack of amenities and services due to its newness. However, because of its newness, Barcelona’s youngest beach tends to be the most laid-back and peaceful of the bunch. The beach is easily accessible by automobile thanks to a large, open space that also serves as a parking lot.
Length: 375 metres
Transport: Bus H16, V29, V31; Metro L4 (Selva de Mar & El Maresme|Fòrum)
Services: Accessible restrooms and showers, police station, lifeguard, information stand, free WiFi in Barcelona, volleyball court, and beach umbrella and lounge chair rentals are just some of the amenities available.
6. Nova Icària Beach
Ildefons Cerdà, a Catalan urbanist in the late 1800s, had his own vision for a metropolis. He had intended to title it Icària after Étienne Cabet’s idyllic island vision. The ancient route to the Poblenou cemetery used to be home to a number of Cabet’s utopian followers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. With the return of the Olympic dream came the rebirth of Nova Icària, which is one of Icaria’s most popular beaches today. In the center of Barcelona’s beachfront, it measures 400 meters in length. It shares that distinction with Bogatell Beach in terms of tranquility. In addition, it offers the greatest amenities and a wide range of recreational opportunities. Before the beach was built, the region where it currently sits was known as Somorrostro, and hundreds of people lived there in makeshift shacks with few modern conveniences. A nearby street honors the legacy of Carmen Amaya, the great dancer born on here, despite the fact that the shore has almost completely destroyed any traces of its former existence.
Length: 415 metres
Transport: Bus V21, V23, V27, H16, 59, 136; Metro L4 (Ciutadella & Bogatell)
Services: Beach umbrellas and lounge chairs may be rented at the beach umbrella and lounge chair rental stand. Services include: parking, handicapped restrooms and showers, assistance for the disabled and drinking fountains. Lifeguards, police stations and information booths can be found on the beach as well.
7. Barceloneta Beach
Barcelona’s most well-known (and long-standing) beach is Barceloneta. As the name suggests, it was erected in the 18th century by Catalans who fled La Ribera following the Spanish Armada of 1714. The metallurgy and gas industries have major ties to Barceloneta’s history, as seen by the area’s name and the Gas breakwater that splits the beach in two. These ties remain today. Ended in the previous century, the building of a coastal walkway linked this historic neighborhood to the Olympic Port. As a result of the Olympic excitement, several of the popular beach bars that served paella on Sundays had to shut down. In the area below the promenade, you’ll now discover a wide range of dining options and other amenities.
Length: 422 metres
Transport: Bus V17, V19, 47, 59, D20; Metro L4 (Barceloneta & Ciutadella)
Services: Among the amenities are restrooms, wheelchair-accessible showers, lifeguards, volleyball courts, playgrounds, lockers and beverage vendors as well as restaurants. There is also an information desk with free WiFi, bicycle rental and umbrella and lounge chair rental stands.
8. Zona de Banys del Fòrum
Even while the Fòrum has bathing facilities, it isn’t really a beach in the usual sense. It’s a cement building that’s recovered a sand-free area from the sea. Fòrum baths have a huge, shallow saltwater pool created by fencing off part of the sea and taming it. The Camp de la Bota, which is the name given to the coastal region between Barcelona and Sant Adrià, marks a terrible episode in Catalan history and lies buried under the Fòrum’s asphalt and cement. It was used as a killing ground by Franco’s regime for anybody who dared to speak out against him. More than 1,700 people lost their lives, and a plaque honors them along the esplanade going to the baths.
Length: 375 metres
Transport: Bus 136, V33, V31, V29, H16, B23, B20; Metro L4 (El Maresme|Fòrum)
Services: Handicapped restrooms, parking, lifeguards, waterskiing and boating, and an information desk.