Barcelona beaches are famous all around the world. Tucked between the sea and the mountains, Catalonia’s capital city has the perfect setting for a beach holiday. This is why, with the first rays of sunshine, tourists and locals start invading the beaches located within the city or a minutes away from it.
The Barcelona beach par excellence, Barceloneta has something for everyone: playgrounds for kids, modern facilities for sports enthusiasts, water sports rentals, beach bars and a great atmosphere.
Benefiting from a great location close to the city center, Barceloneta is the perfect choice if you want to do some sightseeing in the morning and spend the afternoon on the beach.
Here you can surf, play voleyball, row or enjoy a glass of mojito at one of the numerous chiringuitos on the promenade.
Opium Mar, Catwalk, Shoko and Sotovento, and the famous Ice Bar are only some of Barcelona’s best beach bars and they can be found here, on Barceloneta beach.
Looking for a place to grab a bite? You can read more about the best restaurant near Barceloneta beach here.
Mar Bella Beach
A rather small Barcelona beach (about 500 meters long) located in the Eastern side of the city about 20 minutes away from Barceloneta, Mar Bella Beach is also known as Barcelona’s nude beach.
A lot less crowded than Barceloneta, and bathed by clearer waters, Mar Bella developed during the preparations for 1992 Olympics.
This beach in Barcelona has the perfect conditions for windsurfing. Once the sun sets, Mar Bella becomes the party center of the city
A 420 meters long beach, Nova Mar Bella is located in the same area as Mar Bella. A Barcelona beach visited by tourists and locals equally, Nova Mar Bella seems to be the women’s favorite.
Nova Icària Beach
A 415 meters long Barcelona beach located next to Port Olímpic, Nova Icària is one of people’s favorite places because of the facilities it is equipped with.
Here you will find playgrounds for kids, tennis courts, and all sorts of entertainment opportunities.
Don’t be surprised, however, to find Nova Icaria Beach very crowded, especially during the hot season when locals and tourists alike head to the seaside.
A strip of sand stretching on 522 metri between Gas Jetty and Marina pier, Somorrostro is an emblematic Barcelona beach because of the area’s history.
This used to be a residential area constituting one of Barcelona’s poorest suburbs – the town Somorrostro; hence the name of the beach.
Now this is one of the city’s trendiest entertainment areas, filled with beach bars and all kinds of activities centers.
If you are looking for a Barcelona beach where the average age is bit higher than the usual, head to Bogatell. On this 702 strip of sand you can practice sports like volleyball or tennis. You can find here also some ping pong tables, next to Bogatell breakwater.
Although further from the city center and not necessarily the most scenic beach in Barcelona, Llevant has its advantages. The greatest one is the quietness you can enjoy here. Once you are done with the sun and the water, you can head to Diagonal Mar, a nice shopping center worth visiting while in the area.
San Sebastià Beach
Located in Ciutat de Vella, in the Eastern end of Barcelona’s coastline, San Sebastià is one of the oldest and most popular Barcelona beaches, as well as one of the longest. Stretching on 1.085 meters, it is equipped with sports facilities. It is also suitable for water sports enthusiasts.