Barcelona beaches are on on our mind right now. With summer just around the corner, we’re planning long weekends with fun, sun and waves, and what better place than our beloved city?
Without a doubt, Barcelona’s all-year-round sunny climate makes it the ideal beach destination. So let’s enjoy its nine beaches spanning almost 5 km to catch some rays.
This complete guide to Barcelona beaches brings you the best the city’s coastline has to offer, all within the province. Dreaming of sand between your toes and the sea breeze in your hair? Let us take care of the rest!
Platja de la Barceloneta
Named after the city’s famous maritime neighbourhood, La Barceloneta is one of everyone’s favourite Barcelona beaches. Thanks to its central location – only a five-minute walk from the metro station – its plethora of bars and restaurants, its fantastic views of the W hotel and over 1 km of coastline to enjoy.
Platja de Sant Miquel
The privileged location of this Barcelona beach next to la Barceloneta that is open to nudists makes it popular among locals and tourists alike. Look out for the Wounded Shooting Star Sculpture that pays tribute to the city’s fishing district.
Platja del Somorrostro
Between the Hospital del Mar and Carrer Marina lies this Barcelona beach that used to be part of La Barceloneta. This central beach boasts a huge selection of restaurants perfect for taking in the beautiful views and people watching. Named after the shantytown that was demolished, this beach is popular among the young population of the city.
Platja de Sant Sebastià
Alongside some of the most famous Barcelona beaches, Platja de Sant Sebastià is located in Ciutat Vella. One of the city’s oldest beaches, it offers fully accessible facilities, sports clubs with an array of activities and great bus and metro connections.
Platja del Bogatell
The renovations to one of the most popular Barcelona beaches in the 80s makes this beach – with ping-pong tables, volley ball pitches and sun lounger and parasol hire – one of the most visited by people above all in their late 30s.
Platja de la Mar Bella
One of the Barcelona beaches that is open to nudists and a favourite among the LGTBQI+ population, these sandy shores can be easily accessed on bikes and public transport. What’s more, it boasts a great kids play area and basketball pitches for a great deal of fun in the sun.
Platja de la Nova Mar Bella
Another of the Barcelona beaches that forms part of the renovation of the city for the 1992 Olympic Games, Nova Mar Bella is completely accessible for the disabled and boasts a laid-back atmosphere. Close transport links include Line 4 metro stops Selva de Mar and El Maresme.
Platja del Llevant
One of the newest Barcelona beaches to become part of its renowned coastline, the Playa del Llevant offers a peaceful atmosphere outside of the city centre in the area of Diagonal Mar. Bask in the sun’s rays, take on its climbing wall, or relax at the Nueva Ola beach bar. What are you waiting for?
Platja de Nova Icària
Right in the centre of the city’s fabulous coastline is one of the city’s most tranquil and relaxing beaches. Hit the sand to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Perfect for families and kids and groups of friends to enjoy the shores of Barcelona on the sand, in the water or in one of its beach bars.
Banys del Fòrum
And let’s not forget one of the most alternative Barcelona beaches! This salt-water outdoor pool is an alternative for those hot summer days without the sand. Open from the beginning of June until mid September from 11 am to 2 pm.
With three long beaches only 30 minutes outside of the city, Badalona’s three beaches – Central, Manresà and Gorg – are perfect for those looking to visit a beach that is frequented by locals and often overlooked by tourists. Enjoy the beautiful promenade of this neighbouring town and take in the stunning views from the “Petroli” bridge.
Perfect for surf, windsurf and kite surf lovers, the three Barcelona beaches in Montgat are only 30 minutes from the city on the local RENFE trains. Boasting many water sports centre for thrill seekers, the beach is also accessible by bike and has free parking.
Let us know, which is your favourite of these Barcelona beaches?