Though Barcelona has always been on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, it wasn’t always known for its lively beach culture. The beaches in Barcelona used to be almost entirely industrial space so they weren’t the most inviting destinations. As the city prepared to host the 1992 Summer Olympics, the governing powers began to reconsider Barcelona’s identity as a Mediterranean cultural center and decided to start cleaning up its beaches. Barcelona has since been known as one of Europe’s most recommended beach destinations where turquoise waters and white sand rub up against an epicenter of culture, history, and architectural beauty.
With a mild climate, it is always appropriate to spend a day at one of the most beautiful beaches in Barcelona, no matter what time of year you’re visiting. One of the best things to do in Barcelona is to visit our spectacular Barcelona beaches, even in October!
The Best Beaches in Barcelona
1. Barceloneta Beach
This is one of the most famous beaches in Barcelona, as it is the most centrally located to frequently visited areas of town like Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Although it will certainly be the most populated stretch of sand in the city, it is often the most entertaining with numerous seafood restaurants, and Port Vell to explore with its museum and IMAX theater. La Champaneria is one of the most popular places to grab some tapas, a bottle of cava and simply hang out at a beach bar.
2. Mar Bella Beach
This is the place for a party. Not only is this one of the only specifically nudist beaches in Barcelona, but it is also home to the windsurfing center. Mar Bella Beach is a popular hangout for gays and lesbians and is known for its Sunday night raves throughout the summer.
3. Bogatell Beach
Slightly northeast of the city center, this beach is significantly more quiet and clean than the Barceloneta stretches right downtown. It is accessible by the Metro and is about a fifteen-minute walk from the Bogatell Metro Station. This beach is known for its great accommodations and laid back atmosphere. It’s a great place for a truly relaxing day at the beach.
4. Ocata Beach
If you want to get out of the city and to a real pristine and quiet beach destination, head north to Ocata in the town of El Masnou. It’s a half-hour trip by train and is worth every minute. Not only is the train ride beautiful, but the beach is a haven of golden white sand and plenty of space to spread out and play.
5. Sitges Beach
This is one of the most popular day trips to make from Barcelona. The train ride there is less than 45 minutes south the from the center of Barcelona, and drops you off in one of the most popular beach towns in the Barcelona area, with stretches of well populated beaches and a bustling town center around them offering every amenity you might be looking for during your day at the beach.
6. Nova Icària Beach
A very peaceful beach, Nova Icària Beach, is close to the marina and features plenty of facilities for beach activities like beach volleyball and table tennis.
The variety of beaches in Barcelona and its surrounding towns make this Mediterranean city the perfect beach destination for you next vacation. If you’re traveling here on business, take a break from your work to hit the beaches, some of the most famous Barcelona attractions, and look into these beachside short term rentals right in the city.