As one of Spain’s economic and cultural center, Barcelona is also a prime beach-lover’s destination with a myriad of beaches to choose from. Its 4.5-kilometer long coastline near the urban area showcases at least seven general beaches where one has even been named by a Discovery Channel documentary as the world’s third best beach! Let’s go and see what these beaches have to offer so be prepared to go for a dip below the cool waters, watch the beautiful people, and bask under the palm trees beneath the hot Spanish sun!
Located at the eastern end of Barcelona’s coastline at the Ciutat Vella district, one of Barcelona’s oldest neighborhoods; Sant Sebastià is the closest beach at the city proper of Barcelona. Not only do foreign and local tourists alike flock the said beach; it’s also a favorite hangout spot by the local populace as well. The golden-sand beach and calm waters of Sant Sebastià is easily accessible from the city either by foot, bus, or via the metro line 4 near Barceloneta beach.
Playa del Bogatell
Situated between the Mar Bella and Nova Icaria Beaches, the paved walkway along the Bogatell Beach is the best place for a walk, jogging, and cycling. The beach also features a lifeguard service, showers, and ramped walkways for easier access to the restaurants, bars, and parking spaces that line up along the smooth promenade.
Chosen as the “third best beach in the world” by the Discovery Channel’s documentary “World’s Best Beaches”, the Barceloneta beach stands in a classy neighborhood right between the Sant Sebastià beach and the Olympic port. The 3-story residential buildings with narrow balconies, altogether with the relaxing and unwinding crowd of people beside the beach carefully highlights the exotic and laid-back Spanish culture. The Barceloneta Beach features amenities such as bars, restaurants, and hotels and is truly an ideal tourist destination.
La Nova Icaria
Next to the Olympic port on the mid-western side of the Barcelona coast beside Playa del Bogatell is the La Nova Icaria Beach. The quiet beach has stone benches which lines up the shore- perfect for a serene afternoon to wander about and appreciate the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Additionally, there are a couple of beach bars and restaurants which serves a wide selection of scrumptious foods in the area.
La Mar Bella
If you are into nude sun-bathing or wind-surfing, well you’re in luck because the La Mar Bella Beach has both. The nude beach area is covered with a bamboo hillock to prevent gawkers and the curious public eye. The La Mar Bella Beach is just a 20-minute walk away from the Poblenou metro station.
On the northernmost coast of Barcelona, beside the Nova Mar Bella Beach is the Llevant Beach. This is a newly-opened beach made accessible to the public in 2007 and it is the least crowded one in Barcelona. Like all other beaches, life guard services and showers are available for public use. Bringing your family with you? There’s a rope climbing facility for kids nearby.
Nova Mar Bella
Sited in the middle of La Mar Bella and Llevant beaches is the Nova Mar Bella Beach in the Sant Marti district. Just like the adjacent beach of La Mar Bella, Nova Mar Bella is a known naturist beach. Most visitors of this peaceful beach are young, daring women and people from outside of Barcelona. The Nova Mar Bella is easily accessible through the Metro line 4 as well.
Hotels in Barcelona
Hotel Fira Palace, Barcelona
Average Price of a Double Room: € 91
Guest Rating: 9
Ayre Hotel Caspe, Barcelona
Average Price of a Double Room: € 68
Guest Rating: 8.7
Hotel Acta Antibes, Barcelona
Average Price of a Double Room: € 50
Guest Rating: 8.5
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