The Barcelona Beach Guide

The Barcelona Beach Guide

Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world. It is Spain’s second biggest city, and the historic architecture, museums, food, and culture all combine to make it one of the most interesting and entertaining cities that you could visit for a city break. Make sure you don’t miss The Sagrada Familia or walking The Ramblas of Barcelona.

My favorite thing about Barcelona, though, is the beaches. There are 4 main Barcelona beach areas only ten minutes from the city center. The beach swimming season is from mid-April to mid-October. Here’s a guide to the stunning golden sand beaches in Barcelona.

1.  Barceloneta Beach

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Barceloneta Beach is a great spot for windsurfing and kite surfing.  This beach tends to be the most crowded beach in Barcelona, but it’s also the most activity filled.  There are many beach huts where you can order a pitcher of sangria and just watch the waves roll in.

2. Bogatell Beach

Bogatell Beach is a fifteen-minute walk from the Bogatell Metro Station and is one of the cleanest beaches in the Barcelona area. The beach has a few ping-pong tables and a volleyball court. It also has lifeguard service and showers. Don’t miss Xiringuito Escribà for some of the best grilled seafood in Spain.

3.  Sant Sebastiá Beach

Sant Sebastiá is the last stretch of the beach of La Barceloneta.  There are lifeguard services, a number of restaurants and bars, showers, beach chairs and umbrellas, and even Wi-fi on this beach.  It’s one of the longest stretches of beach in Barcelona and is where many of the local residents go. This beach also has an area for disabled people.

4.  Sant Miquel Beach

Sant Miquel is also a great beach for those who have limited mobility. They have adapted toilets, wooden walkways down to the water and adapted showers with chairs. This beach is located between the Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta beaches. You can rent beach chairs, umbrellas, and this beach also offers lifeguard services.

5.  Nova Icària Beach

Nova Icària Beach is a quiet beach and is a great choice for families with kids. It is located beside the Barcelona Olympic Port.  It’s surrounded by restaurants and bars and has a children’s game area, lifeguards, beach and umbrella rental services, and Wi-fi. Nova Icària Beach has been awarded an eco-beach flag for the quality and services it provides.

6. La Mar Bella Beach

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La Mar Bella beach is located at the end of the Paeso Maritimo seafront promenade that starts in Barcelona. It is a sandy beach with access for the disabled, and there are often strong winds here, so it attracts many surfers and windsurfers.  This beach is well maintained by City Hall, and has showers, bars that sell food and drink, and sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. This beach was created during the Barcelona redevelopment for the Barcelona Olympic Games, and tends to attract a lot of young people.

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