Beaches of Barcelona

In summer, Barcelona’s beaches become the absolute stars of the city’s party scene, attracting residents and tourists alike. But these seaside leisure areas are not just sand and water; each one has its own history, personality and public.


It seems incredible to think that the people of Barcelona used to live with their backs to the sea, to the extent that the Barceloneta district was separated from the beach by a wall, which fortunately has now been demolished. At almost 1,100 metres long, Barceloneta beach is one of the oldest in the city (along with Sant Sebastià). It is equipped with volleyball courts, ping-pong tables, fitness areas and children’s play areas (Buses: D20, V15. Metro: Barceloneta stop, L4).

To the south of Barceloneta are Sant Miquel beach and Sant Sebastià beach, which stretches as far as the Hotel Vela. Between them there is more than 1500m of sand (Bus: V15. Metro: Barceloneta stop, L4).

To the north of Barceloneta is Somorrostro beach, 500m long, named in homage to the shantytown that used to stand there and where the film Los Tarantos was shot in 1963, a few years before it was demolished. A commemorative plaque located at the access to the beach recalls that period with aerial images of the neighbourhood (Buses: V21, V27. Metro: Ciutadella-Vila Olípica stop, L4).


The beaches of Poblenou begin beyond Port Olímpic. At 400 metres, Nova Icària beach is quieter and more family-oriented. It has sports facilities, a children’s play area and an area for the disabled with volunteers to help people with reduced mobility (Buses: H16, V27).

It is followed by Bogatell beach, with 640m, renovated in the 90’s, also equipped with sports areas (Buses: H16, V27). It tends to be frequented by older people than its neighbouring Mar Bella, preferred by younger people. Created for the 1992 Olympic Games, it is 500 metres long and has a nudist area, sports facilities and a base for nautical activities (Buses: H16, V27. Metro: Poblenou stop, L4).

Next to it, Nova Mar Bella, with another 500m, also has equipment for people with reduced mobility and amphibious chairs with volunteers. It is the beach frequented by the residents of the Sant Martí neighbourhood (Buses: H16, V31, V27).

The last beach to be added to the Barcelona coastline, and the furthest from the centre, is Llevant beach, which was upgraded in 2006 and is 380 metres long. As it is the furthest away, it tends to be less crowded (Metro: Selva de Mar stop, L4. Tramway: Selva de Mar, El Maresme, T4 stops. Bus: V29).

And if you don’t like sand, the alternative is the sea pools at Parc del Fòrum (Metro: Maresme – Fòrum stop, L4. Tram: Fòrum stop, T4).

All the Barcelona beaches mentioned here are equipped with showers and lifeguard posts.

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