The city, known for its numerous monuments, cultural places and activities, is also very famous around the world for its urban beaches. Here you will find a short and practical guide of Barcelona beaches.
Barcelona is offering its inhabitants and visitors, more than 4,5 kilometres of coast all along the city centre. Barcelona beaches are in fact one of the highlights that make the Mediterranean city very popular: you can get right to any beach after sightseeing or even from your Barcelona beach hotel or holiday rental.
Urban Barcelona beaches are the following:
- Barceloneta Beach
Barceloneta is probably the most touristic of Barcelona beaches, because it has everything you can wish for a visitor such as information points, plenty of restaurants to try typical Mediterranean dishes, Paellas and sea food, as well as all the facilities a modern beach requires:
Red Cross, Local Police, beach information point, cloakroom, showers, public toilets, sun lounges, changing rooms, parasols, drinks and ice cream kiosks, sports facilities, boat hire, bicycle parking areas, gymnastics area, beach volleyball, beach tennis, table tennis.
Without forgetting sportive and nautical clubs: the Complex Esportiu Municipal Marítim, Centre d’Esports Barceloneta, Club Natació Atlètic-Barceloneta .
How to get there -> Metro: L4 (yellow line), metro stop: Barceloneta. Bus: 14, 16, 17, 36, 39, 40, 45, 51, 57, 59 and 64. Tram (T4), Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.
- Sant Sebastià Beach / Sant Miquel Beach
It is the first beach, just next to W Hotel and Barceloneta, this beach is famous amongst locals. And it also has facilities for reduced mobility people. One area is frequented by nudists. Along of 1100 metres of beach, all the services you may need are there: Red Cross, Local Police, beach information point, cloakroom, showers, public toilets, sun loungers, parasols, drinks and ice cream kiosks, sports facilities, bicycle parking areas and restaurants.
- Nova Icària Beach
The best beach for families and friends. On 400 metres of beach, you’ll find all the services plus specific activities: dinghy sailing, canoe and windsurfing courses (for hours with a monitor of Centre Municipal de Vela – CMV) , and to be able to see panoramic views of Barcelona from the sea on a sailing boat (departures from the CMV).
How to get there: Metro: L4, Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica or Bogatell. Bus: 6, 36, 41, 92 and 141. Tram (T4), Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.
- Bogatell Beach
This is one of the new beaches created for 1992 Olympic Games; it is the trendiest of Barcelona beaches and is frequented mostly by young people from all nationalities. It is extended on 600 meters, and also has all the services.
You can get there by Metro: L4 (yellow line), at metro stops Poblenou or Llacuna. Bus: 6, 36, 41, 92 and 141. Tram (T4), Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.
- Mar Bella Beach
Similar to Bogatell, it has been constructed in 1992 and is the favourite place of young people. On the 500 meters of the Mar Bella beach, you will also find a nudist area.
Sailing trips along the city’s seafront, kayak excursions along the coastline and other activities, catamaran excursions and beach volleyball for groups at the Base Nàutica Municipal de la Mar Bella , sailing, boat hire, bicycle parking areas and restaurants.
How to get there: Metro: L4 (yellow line), metro stops: Poblenou or Selva de Mar. Bus: 36, 71 and 141. Tram (T4), Selva de Mar.
- Nova Mar Bella Beach
This beach is very quiet, quite apart from the centre, and women are representing more than 60%. Also frequented by young people, Nova Mar Bella is arranged for disabled persons.
It offers the same basic services than the others Barcelona beaches.
How to get there: Metro: L4, Selva de Mar or El Maresme/Fòrum. Bus: 36, 43 and 141. Tram (T4), Selva de Mar or El Maresme.
- Llevant Beach Parc del Fòrum
Llevant beach is the newest of Barcelona beaches, created in 2006 after the Forum. It offers the same services than Nova Mar Bella beach, very close from it and sharing the same access.
This is a new concept of beach, without sand, with areas where the sea is controlled for shallow bathing. The Parc del Fòrum bathing area was created for the Universal Forum of Cultures within the Parc del Fòrum de Barcelona.
It has the same services than any other Barcelona Beaches, but also offers sports and sailing activities (from May to October): seawater swimming pools, boat and catamaran trips, canoe excursions, water skiing, ski bus, fly-fish, parasailing, diving centre, equipment hire.
How to get there: Metro: L4, El Maresme/Fòrum. Bus: 7, 36, 41 and 141. Tram (T4), Selva de Mar or El Maresme.
Where to stay near Barcelona Beaches
We recommend you to book an apartment in Barceloneta or in El Borne, centric accommodation and at the same time very close to Barcelona Beaches.
Enjoy your summer holidays in Barcelona!