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Top Beaches to Visit in Barcelona, Spain

Updated on November 21, 2019
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Located along 100 miles of coastline, Barcelona is a beach lover's dream come true. The bustling Barcelona may be the most famous city for its monuments such as Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, etc but it has more things than these such as the beautiful beaches. There is a beach in Barcelona for everyone, from young, vibrant Nova Icaria to sober caldetes.

Barcelona Beach
Barcelona Beach | Source

1. Castelldefels Beach

Let's swing a little towards the southern coast of Barcelona. Lying just 15 minutes away from the city centre, Castelldefels offers a five km. stretch of sea, sand and sun. In recent years Castelldefels has attracted the attention of tourists, so it is more congested than some of the more tranquil beaches near the city. However, this means that there is always something going on, so you will never get bored. Also, the nearby shops and restaurants make it a great budget destination that won't break the bank.

Castelldefels Beach
Castelldefels Beach | Source

2. Garraf Beach

The great thing about Barcelona's beaches is that you can get a completely new experience just a few miles from the coast. You will find Garraf, five minutes by train from Castelldefels which is comparatively quieter and more comfortable place than others. The beach itself is just a few steps away from the station and offers plenty of useful facilities despite its small size. The small town of Garraf, with a beach of the same name, is not yet on the radar of most tourists. Directly visible from a postcard, the Hot water and views of this place make it a favourite city among Barcelona locals.

Garraf Beach
Garraf Beach | Source

3. Sitges Beach

The city of Cities is actually 17 beaches, but a half-hour drive from Barcelona, ​​the popular destination deserves a mention. With an unbeatable nightlife scene, this place is known as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the region and it has central beaches if you are looking for a fun crowd and more. Just want to relax away from the crowd? Located to the north of the seaside church. The beaches here is quite and peaceful, sheltering with wind and birds chirping all around — but you can still have all the action here.

Sitges Beach
Sitges Beach | Source

4. Bogatell Beach

If you are looking for something more quieter and cleaner than these busy central beaches? Bogatell is the best option for you, located about 15 minutes away from Bogatell metro station, but well worth for missing the traffic. The beach itself draws a more mature crowd, gives it a much calmer vibe and makes it a great place to cool off. It is considered to be one of the safest beaches in Barcelona (although you should always keep your luggage close to where you are). Stick around the evening to experience the neighbourhood's spectacular food scene and vibrant nightlife.


5. Barceloneta Beach

When people think about beaches in Barcelona, ​​it is probably the first one that comes to everyone’s mind. From sand-artists to drummers to doughnut salesmen, it may just be Barcelona's most crowded, most touristy and dirtiest stretch of sand. However, this means that it is also the most entertaining. But there is always something happening on the most famous beach in Barcelona. In addition, it has some great tasteful seafood and other eateries along the coast in the neighbourhood and also a lifelong fisherman quarter that retains its Old World charm.

Barceloneta Beach
Barceloneta Beach | Source

6. Nova Icaria Beach

With a prominent location on Barcelona's central coast near the Olympic Marina and the Observatory, Nova Ikaya attracts visitors from all walks of life. You'll find teenagers and young adults playing beach volleyball, parents chasing their giant children along the seashore, and more. Ready to get out of your comfort zone?

Nova Icària is one of the amazing beaches of Barcelona for water sports, with instruction sessions available in English that you can book online. Once you are tired and ready to make it for a day, head to the nearby Ikea shopping centre with your English-language cinema.

7. Mar Bella Beach

Perfect for Barcelona's open-minded, sociable and fun-filled culture, Mar Bella Beach is perfect for guests seeking a more cosmopolitan view. It is perhaps most famous for its nudist stretch, a part of which is divided by a large mound next to the windsurfing centre. The beach is a favourite spot of Barcelona's LGBT crowd, for partying and meet outs. And in a city known for its iconic nightlife, the beach does not disappoint. If you are walking on Sundays in summer, stick around after the sun sets for late-night ropes.

Aren't these places amazing? Grab your bags and leave for your trip to Barcelona. And do share your experiences in the comment section below.

Que tengas un buen viaje!

© 2019 Akshay Kumar

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      I love a city on a beach. I still remember breaking up days of sightseeing in Barcelona with a day on the beach at Barceloneta. Being on the coast gives the city another dimension. Similarly Valencia is another favourite, also Malaga and Alicante.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 months ago

      I love visiting Spain and have often stayed in Barcelona, however, I wasn't aware of all these wonderful beaches on offer. An excellent and informative article.

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