13 Best Beaches in Barcelona | Celebrity Cruises


Table of Contents

Best beaches in Barcelona

You could explore the 17th-century Montjuïc Castle at the summit, home to the city’s military museum and the tranquil Botanical Garden, before taking a leisurely cable car ride down to Sant Sebastia Beach.

The 10 Best Beaches in Barcelona & Surroundings

Aerial view of Barcelona's coastline, in Spain.

Amidst the allure of world-renowned landmarks like Park Güell, la Sagrada Familia, and the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona’s coastal charm often goes unnoticed.

Beyond the big-name attractions of this bustling city, you’ll find a treasure trove of beautiful beaches waiting to be discovered.

From vibrant shores buzzing with activity to serene stretches of sand offering tranquility, Barcelona caters to every beachgoer’s desires.

Whether you seek thrilling beachside entertainment or a peaceful retreat, Barcelona is an ideal Spanish destination for a sun-soaked vacation.

Moreover, the allure doesn’t end within city limits; Barcelona also grants access to the breathtaking beaches nestled in the enchanting Costa Brava region.

Read on to discover the 10 best beaches in Barcelona and its surroundings, and discover the mesmerizing beauty of Spain’s captivating coastline.

Barcelona, in Spain, boasts a number of beautiful beach locations to suit everyone, whether you’re simply looking for a place to relax or you want to indulge in water sports like kitesurfing or windsurfing at Barceloneta. Here, we explore the best beaches in the Catalan capital.

See this enigmatic city for yourself on our four-day Barcelona Mini Trip – you’ll discover the best art and architecture around the city with the help of our Local Insider.

Destinations Unlocked:

Let our travel expert Stefano help you find your perfect Culture trip

Looking for an expert’s perspective?

Uncover my top 3 recommended places from each continent on the map.
Central America South America Europe Asia Africa



Gorgeous Guatemala

5 days . Mini

1. Guatemala

An express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.




Beachy Belize

5 days . Mini

2. Belize

A quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.




Colonial Mexico

5 days . Mini

3. Mexico

An exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.

Back to Map



Adventurous Ecuador

8 days . Epic

1. Ecuador

A remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.




Ancient Peru

9 days . Epic

2. Peru

An alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.

Back to Map



Seductive Southern Italy

10 days . Epic

1. Italy

The ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.




Edinburgh And The Scottish Highlands By Train

7 days . Culture

2. Scotland

Embark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.




Complete Portugal By Train

8 days . Culture

3. Portugal

A wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.

Back to Map



Soulful South Korea

10 days . Epic

1. South Korea

Discover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.




Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

11 days . Epic

2. Thailand

From Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between – adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.




Secrets Of Sri Lanka By Train

10 days . Culture

3. Sri Lanka

A fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka’s fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price

Back to Map



Epic Morocco

11 days . Epic

1. Morocco

An epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains – this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!




Ultimate Egypt

9 days . Epic

2. Egypt

From Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You’ll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.




Immersive Kenya

8 days . Epic

3. Kenya

An immersive blend of culture and wildlife for first time travelers to Africa. Learn about Nairobi, sample local coffee in the Aberdares and finish up with a fantastic safari stay in the Masai Mara.

Back to Map

Barceloneta Beach

Natural Feature
Share Add to Plan

Beach of Barceloneta in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

© carlos sanchez pereyra / Alamy Stock Photo

Barceloneta Beach is Barcelona’s most bustling and touristy stretch of sand and sea, which inevitably makes it one of the most crowded, but it is compensated by a surplus of entertainment and seafood options. The most popular places to feast on fresh seafood, even for locals, are at chiringuitos, or seaside huts. On the entertainment side of things, you can not only swim, but also try water sports – with windsurfing and kitesurfing the most popular options. Lively and easily accessible, this beach is perfect if you still want to be close to the city’s main attractions.

Nova Icària Beach

Share Add to Plan

Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, Nova Icaria Beach in the morning

© Artur Bogacki / Alamy

With more than 400m (1,300ft) of sandy beaches and sea, Nova Icària is considered the most peaceful beach in Barcelona, so it’s a perfect choice for families or if you’re just looking to relax. Although quiet, the beach still has a range of great restaurants and bars, making it a popular destination for foodies as well as holidaymakers. One of Barcelona’s most diversely equipped beaches, Nova Icaria boasts a game area complete with a ping-pong table as well as volleyball courts, paying homage to its proximity to the Olympic Park.

people cheering on a mountain

Become a Culture Tripper!

Sign up to our newsletter to
save up to 800$ on our unique trips.

people cheering on a mountain

Ocata Beach

Share Add to Plan

El Masnou; playa d´Ocata.

© Album / Alamy Stock Photo

North of Barcelona and just a half-hour by train out of the city, Ocata Beach is a pristine, tranquil stretch of beautiful golden sand. Much quieter than other beaches, Ocata is more of a peaceful getaway and less of an entertainment area. Long and wide, the beach is spacious and attracts fewer tourists than those nearer to the city, making it nice and private – somewhat of a luxury in summertime when you have to compete for towel space elsewhere. Much like any Barcelona beach, it also has its share of chiringuitos selling drinks and fresh seafood.

Bogatell Beach

Share Add to Plan

Playing volleyball in Bogatell beach, Barcelona, Spain

© Xavier Fores – Joana Roncero / Alamy

Bogatell Beach, created as part of an urban planning scheme to rejuvenate the area, attracts slightly older beachgoers seeking a more relaxed experience, but still provides the opportunity to play ping-pong or volleyball. At 600m (2,000ft) long, it is smaller than the main touristy spots, but it’s clean and safe – and part of the scheme to incorporate beaches into green spaces, gardens and neighbouring districts.

Sant Sebastià

Share Add to Plan

Platja de Sant Sebastia, Sitges, Catalonia, Spain

© Peter Forsberg / Alamy

This beach is the closest to the southwestern end of Barcelona and stretches for more than 1km (0.6mi), making it one of the longest beaches in Barcelona. Much like La Barceloneta, there’s a busy and lively vibe here for much of the year, and particularly in summer. You can play volleyball or, if you’re daring, take part in extreme sports. Its popularity also means there are lots of dining options, making it a perfect place to spend the whole day.

Mar Bella Beach

Share Add to Plan

Mar Bella beach and Barcelona Club Beach, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

© Josep Curto / Alamy Stock Photo

Mar Bella is another of those beaches created as part of the urban development for the Olympic Games. Much more tranquil than La Barceloneta and Sant Sebastià, and lacking slightly in bars and restaurants, Mar Bella is still bursting with opportunities for water sports, offering the chance to windsurf, kayak and even try out something new. Twice the size of Nova Icària, it offers plenty of space to sunbathe, do sports or even rollerblade on the beautiful promenade. Head here to rent a sunbed or even a yacht, and relax in this clean, calm spot.

Fancy visiting more of Spain? Our four-day Mini Trip to the Basque Country is perfect for foodies, including a pinxtos tour of Bilbao and a trip to San Sebastian. Alternately, our Seville Mini Trip or our Andalucia Mini Trip are excellent for exploring Southern Spain. You can also browse our collections of Epic Trips, Mini Trips and Sailing Trips to find your next exciting destination.

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It’s the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world. I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I’m traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points

See Our Culture Trips

landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel – and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm – and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset – and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Platja d’Empúries

Umbrellas lined up on Platja d

Draped on the Gulf of Roses, Platja d’Empúries is around 85 miles north of Barcelona, in the ancient Catalan town of Sant Martí d’Empúries. As one of the best beaches near Barcelona, Platja d’Empúries is a worthy day trip if you’re prepared to rent a car and drive there.

Platja d’Empúries is a people-pleaser, refreshingly uncrowded with calm water, fawn-hued sand, and thatched parasols, flanked by an emerald-green pine forest.

The town is dotted with ancient Greek and Roman ruins, including the vast archeological remains of Empúries, a city founded in 575 B.C., right next to Platja d’Empúries. Follow the guided coastal trail from the beach to explore the ruins. This light walk should take no more than 10 minutes.

Beautiful exterior of Església de Sant Martí d

Església de Sant Martí d’Empúries

Once you’ve had your fill of sun, sea, and ruins, make your way to the cluster of restaurants found in Plaça Major, opposite a 16th-century church, Església de Sant Martí d’Empúries.

This romantic spot offers shaded seating outside and a warren of winding photogenic streets to discover, just moments from the beach.

Waterfront view of Barcelona

Discover the best beaches of the city on a luxury cruise to Barcelona. Browse itineraries on our website to book your next Mediterranean vacation.

Kerry Spencer

Kerry Spencer has been writing about travel for 15 years. A former magazine editor and the UK editor of Cruise Critic, she lives in London, where she now writes for a number of print and online publications, including Imagine Cruising, Cruise Critic, and Selling Travel, among others.



Screenshot Google

Screenshot of page:


Variants Google

Variant querys:

  • cruises 2023
  • cruises

Quick Answer
Here are 13 of the best beaches in Barcelona, or within easy reach of the city.
  • Llarga Beach. …
  • Somorrostro Beach. …
  • Cala Bona Beach. …
  • Sant Miquel Beach. Sant Miquel Beach. …
  • San Sebastian Beach (Sitges) San Sebastian Beach, Sitges. …
  • Bogatell Beach. Bogatell Beach. …
  • Nova Icària Beach. Nova Icària Beach. …
  • Platja d’Empúries. Platja d’Empúries.
Jun 23, 2022

Barcelona (/ˌbɑːrsəˈloʊnə/ ⓘ BAR-sə-LOH-nə, Catalan: [bəɾsəˈlonə] ⓘ, Spanish: [baɾθeˈlona] ⓘ) is a city on the northeastern coast of Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second-most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the fifth most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, the Ruhr area, Madrid and Milan. It is one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range.

Youtube Video


Best Beaches in Barcelona

Barcelona, a city located on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, offers a variety of beautiful urban beaches with a lively atmosphere. Some of the best beaches in Barcelona are easily accessible from landmarks such as Las Ramblas, while others provide a more secluded and peaceful sunbathing experience. The beaches in Barcelona are known for their excellent facilities, including complimentary Wi-Fi and beach restaurants 1 .

Here are 13 of the best beaches in Barcelona:

  1. Barceloneta Beach : One of Barcelona’s oldest waterfront stretches, Barceloneta Beach is named after the traditional fishing quarter that was transformed for the 1992 Olympic Games 1 .

  2. Nova Icaria Beach : Located near the Olympic Port, Nova Icaria Beach is known for its golden sand and calm waters. It is a popular beach for families and offers various amenities.

  3. Bogatell Beach : Bogatell Beach is a spacious and less crowded beach that attracts both locals and tourists. It is known for its clean sand and clear waters.

  4. Mar Bella Beach : Mar Bella Beach is a popular beach among the younger crowd and is known for its vibrant atmosphere. It is also a nudist-friendly beach.

  5. Nova Mar Bella Beach : Located next to Mar Bella Beach, Nova Mar Bella Beach is another popular spot for young people. It offers a more relaxed and peaceful environment.

  6. Llevant Beach : Llevant Beach is one of Barcelona’s newest beaches and is located in the Sant Marti district. It is known for its modern design and accessibility for people with disabilities.

  7. Sant Sebastia Beach : Sant Sebastia Beach is one of the longest beaches in Barcelona and is located near the W Hotel. It offers a mix of sand and pebbles and has a lively atmosphere.

  8. Somorrostro Beach : Somorrostro Beach is located between Barceloneta Beach and Nova Icaria Beach. It is known for its historical significance and offers a more local and authentic experience.

  9. Nova Mar Bella Beach : Nova Mar Bella Beach is a quieter and less crowded beach located in the Poblenou neighborhood. It is known for its clean sand and calm waters.

  10. Llevant Beach : Llevant Beach is another beach located in the Poblenou neighborhood. It is known for its modern design and accessibility for people with disabilities.

  11. Bogatell Beach : Bogatell Beach is a spacious and less crowded beach that attracts both locals and tourists. It is known for its clean sand and clear waters.

  12. Sant Sebastia Beach : Sant Sebastia Beach is one of the longest beaches in Barcelona and is located near the W Hotel. It offers a mix of sand and pebbles and has a lively atmosphere.

  13. Somorrostro Beach : Somorrostro Beach is located between Barceloneta Beach and Nova Icaria Beach. It is known for its historical significance and offers a more local and authentic experience.

These are just a few of the many beautiful beaches Barcelona has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a lively atmosphere or a peaceful sunbathing experience, Barcelona’s beaches have something for everyone.




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *