Top 7 Beaches in Barcelona

Top 7 Beaches in Barcelona

When it all boils down to it what is the one thing on everyone’s check list of things to do in Barcelona?

You guessed it, hit up the beach!

The Catalan city is blessed with a gorgeous coastline that stretches 4.5km, complete with unforgettable golden sands, incredible views and beachside restaurants that are considered ‘best in Barcelona’ by locals and visitors alike.

 

So, whether you are looking to relax by the calming waves or take part in exciting beach activities, allow us to guide you to the best beaches in Barcelona:

1. Barceloneta Beach

Being the busiest beach in Barcelona has it perks! Besides soaking up the Barcelona sun and taking a dive in the deep blue, Barceloneta Beach has so much more to offer. On the beach itself you will find people engaging in volleyball, table tennis, occasional musical entertainment and competitive sand art while vendors patrol the shore selling everything from ‘cervezas’ and mojitos to beach towels and massages. 

Of course there’s enough beach to find a nice spot and get lost in a good book, but for the moment hunger decides to kick in, Barceloneta Beach has just the thing to seize all hunger pangs. Little beach shacks called ‘chiringuitos’ offering authentic foods and refreshing drinks , seafood restaurants specializing in the city’s best paella, and burger huts known to grill to perfection, the works! A few of these beachy eateries even cater to the pockets offering a menú del día translating to “menu of the day”, meaning a set menu at a decent price. 

But the beach buzz doesn’t stop there! When the sun begins to set in Barcelona the party animals come out. Head over to Port Olímpic, at the northern end of Barceloneta Beach, and party the night away at some Barcelona’s most talked about clubs, such as Shôko and Opium Mar. 

How to get there: Metro station: Barceloneta and Ciutadella Vila Olímpica (L4)

 

2. Bogatell Beach

Bogatell Beach comes well equipped with toilets, showers, lifeguard services and first aid stations making it most appreciated amongst the Barcelona costal visitors. Hop aboard a sailing boat for a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean or try your skills out on the waves for some water sports. And when it comes to food, we recommend you give Xiringuito Escribá or Catamarán a try, being that they are two of the most notable restaurants found on these sands. 

How to get there: Metro station: Poblenou or Llacuna (L4)

 

3. Nova Icària Beach 

Nova Icària is an area more frequented by locals than visitors and is rightly considered a more peaceful beach. Much like Bogatell, Nova Icària comes equipped with an area and service stations for wheelchair users, lifeguard stands and a volleyball net. So, grab a cone from one of the many ice cream kiosks or pick a beach umbrella for some shade, send the kids to play in the gaming area and enjoy one of the best beaches in Barcelona. 

How to get there: Metro station: Poblenou or Llacuna (L4)

 

4. Llevant Beach 

Perfect for families visiting Barcelona and beach goers who enjoy a less crowed area, Llevant beach is the ideal spot to bask in the Spanish sun! With jet skis and banana boats for rent, a supervised playground for kids and sunbeds all on one patch of sand, we would say you were in for a memorable day on the Mediterranean waters. After a true Barcelona beach experience enjoy a drink at the Nueva Ola chiringuito before taking Barcelona nightlife by storm. 

How to get there: Metro station: Selva de Mar or El Maresme (L4)

 

5. Sant Sebastià Beach

Situated near the lively Barceloneta, Sant Sebastià is a great beach in Barcelona to lay out on a beach towel to soak up the sun. These golden sands are often accessed on foot due to its close proximity to the many bus stops and metro stations. You can also spot the Club Natació Atlètic- Barceloneta here. The club offers both monthly and daily access prices and includes an indoor and open air swimming pool experience, fitness rooms, spa facilities, and much more. 

How to get there: Barceloneta (L4)

 

6. Nova Mar Bella Beach 

Playa Nova Mar Bella is often labeled one of Barcelona’s finest, a serene spot perfect for soaking up the sun and soul soothing waters. This tranquil strip of sand remains popular with the younger crowd and a known favorite among women, who make up 60% of its users. Here you can find the well-known chiringuito chain, Mochima Bar, to enjoy traditional eats and nice views of the Mediterranean. 

How to get there: Metro station: Selva de Mar or El Maresme (L4)

 

7. Mar Bella Beach 

Mar Bella is Barcelona’s confined but vivacious nudist beach. This small strip of sand gets some serious waves, which makes it an ideal spot to try your hand at windsurfing, kayaking, or even hopping aboard a catamaran. No worries, birthday suits are optional. 

How to get there: Metro Selva de Mar (L4)

 

Photo Credits: Flickr - Rafael Soares, Ronny Siegel, Alejandro Piñeiro, Nicolas Grevet, and Praktyczny Przewodnik