Beaches in Barcelona
Barcelona has more to offer in addition to culture, architecture and gastronomy; it also counts with numerous beaches along its coast. A long maritime promenade connects all of them, from San Sebastià beach, located next to the port, all the way to the Llevant beach, situated to the north of the city. All are perfectly connected by public transport and have all necessary services available, ensuring you can spend a wonderful day at the beach. Next to the sea and sand, you will find plenty of restaurants, showers, restrooms or sport areas. You will also be able to find bicycle and sun umbrella rental services, cloakrooms and kiosks. And if all this is not enough, in the most popular beaches you will find “Biblioplaya”, a book lending service that also includes newspapers and sport apparel, perfect for everyone who also wants to enjoy a good read or play a beach sport beneath the sun. Millions of people enjoy each year the sea and sand found at every one of the nine Barcelonan beaches, but its best to know what makes each beach special and different from the others:
– Sant Sebastià beach: Located next to the port, it is one of the oldest, biggest and most massive beaches to be found in the city. Normally, it is frequented by the older people in the area. Next to it you will find the most important sport clubs in Barcelona and it also features sea access for people with reduced mobility and a nudist section.
– Sant Miquel beach: Is one of the smallest beaches in Barcelona. Thanks to its downtown location it has become one of the most visited beaches by all kinds of people.
– La Barceloneta beach: Is one of the oldest and biggest beaches. Its centric location, easy access by public transport and its large sport and leisure areas make it one of the most visited beaches by young tourists and Barcelonans alike.
– Somorrostro beach: Same as La Barceloneta beach, Somorrostro is in the centric area and has easy access, part of the reason it is always full of young people and tourists.
– Nova Icària beach: In spite of its excellent location right next to the Olympic Port, this is actually one of the city’s most peaceful beaches, frequented by families with kids and groups of friends. In addition to sport installations, it has volunteers and amphibious chairs, letting people with reduced mobility enjoy the sea.
– Mar Bella beach: This beach is used by rather young people and has sporting facilities, a nautical base where to practice aquatic activities and a nudist area.
– Nova Mar Bella beach: This quiet beach is usually frequented by young people from the Sant Martí area. Just like Nova Icària and Sant Sebastià beaches, it has sea access for people with reduced mobility.
– Llevant beach: Is the last beach to be found in the Barcelonan coast, it is the one furthest from the downtown and, as such, it has a very quiet atmosphere with few visitors.
– Torre de las Aigüies beach: This is, without any doubts, the most original beach in Barcelona and the only one not bathed by the Mediterranean Sea. This small artificial beach becomes the ideal place each summer to freshen-up while in the middle of the Eixample neighborhood.