Barcelona has everything that you need for your next holiday destination. It has the culture, the city-life and its amazing beaches.
After a couple of days of sightseeing around the iconic landmarks and buildings, you will most likely want a day of relaxation. Where is best to do that? The Barcelona beach of course!
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The next question is which beach is for you. There are so many beautiful beaches in Barcelona, you are spoiled for choice. You want to make sure you choose the perfect one to enjoy your day on Barcelona Beach.
Barceloneta Beach – Perfect for People Watching
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This is the beach you will find on all the postcards and also what you will find when you type in Barcelona or Barcelona Beach onto Google! It is in a great central location, next to metro stops and some fabulous food joints.
We must warn you that it can get VERY crowded, so we advise you to walk further along the beach to find more space. Do not worry you have over 1100m of beach to choose from! We are not surprised it is the most popular and well-known part of Barcelona!
Barceloneta is great if you want to sit down and have a meal as you are so close to so many restaurants. We recommend Bacoa Burger, for the best burgers in town! There are also great seafood restaurants about along the beach and the port such as Can Majó.
Watch out for street sellers who regularly come and try to sell you drinks and other items. You are better off to go to the nearest supermarket and buy it cheaper! Always be aware of your surroundings and never leave your personal items unattended at all times as thieves are unfortunately very common in this area. For more tips on how to keep your belongings safe and your mind at rest, check out this article!
Barceloneta also has a lot of services to offer such as showers, lockers and public toilets. Everything you need is right on your doorstep only a few steps away.
This beach is perfect for any type of holidaymaker; there are children’s play areas as well as an outdoor gym! So whoever you are travelling with, you will all enjoy this Barcelona Beach.
How to get there: The nearest metro station is Barceloneta and you walk down the shop-lined street, Passeig de Joan de Borbó until you arrive at the shore.
Nova Icaria – Perfect for a bit of peace and quiet
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Further along from Barceloneta is the Nova Icaria beach, located close to Port Olímpic. This quiet beach is loved by families due to its peaceful location and the fact that it is less crowded.
If you love your sports this is the beach for you, as there are lots of things on offer for you to try out. You can try out Ping-Pong and if you really want to show off your skills, try some Beach volleyball!
One of the best things about this beach is that it is accessible for anyone; there is a service to help people with reduced movement get in and out of the sea. As well as adaptable toilets, walkways and volunteers this is a great place for all the family to enjoy the beach.
How to get there? You are only a short walk away from Ciutadella Metro!
Bogatell – away from it all
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As you continue walking along the sea, you will arrive at Bogatell. Often forgotten by tourists due to the extra bit of walking, it is perfect for a more relaxed and quiet experience.
If you are OK ignoring the longer walk from the metro Ciutadella, you can enjoy a cleaner and calmer area for your day under the Mediterranean sun among the locals. If you prefer taking the metro anyway, stop at Llacuna on line 4.
This beach was originally made for the 1992 Olympic games to make the seafront more accessible. Here also, practice Beach volleyball or play ping pong, and stop by a beach bar for a cold drink and maybe some tapas!
Sitges – day trip
Further down south the coast of Barcelona beach is the city of Sitges. Take the train from Passeig de Gràcia or Sants stations in the centre of Barcelona. After a 35 min train journey (line R2, a bit less than 4€ for a return ticket), find more than just a beach… find 17 of them!
On each 17 beaches you will see that there isn’t a lack of equipment, from sunbeds to Beach volleyball nets, there is everything you’ll need. Enjoy the sun, while protecting yourself with sun cream of course!
When you have enough of sea and sun, take some time off the beach to explore this awesome coastal town.
You must see the beautiful architecture of buildings and the incredible art scene. Artists such as Picasso, Miro, Dali used to come to Sitges as it was the destination for intellectuals and artists at their time.
For more information about Sitges, you can have a look at this guide.