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Must-visit beaches in Barcelona

Located at the most eastern point of the city’s shoreline, where the massive Pergola solar panel glints in the sunshine, this sea-fed swimming area is around 375m-long (1230ft) and 30-m (98ft) wide and includes steps down into the water that have been adapted to allow access for disabled travelers too.

Best Beaches In & Near Barcelona

Beaches might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Barcelona, but the Catalan capital has a lot more to it than cloud-brushing cathedrals and bustling street markets.

There are plenty of seafront spots to lounge out on, and one thing they all have in common is sand – you’ll have to head a long way out of the city to find a pebble beach.

Top of the list – for location at least – is the golden sands of Barceloneta. It’s the city’s most popular beach, which can be found just a couple of minutes’ walk from the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas. Given its location, this one gets particularly busy over the summer months, so it’s one to avoid if you don’t like the crowds.

For a slightly quieter vibe you can head just a little further along the coast to Nova Icaria Beach. This 400-metre stretch of sand is just past the bars and nightlife of Port Olimpic, but the beach itself is very family-friendly. A children’s play area, beach volleyball courts and ping-pong tables can all be found here and it’s got a Blue Flag tick to its name too.

And perhaps the best all-round beach in Barcelona is Bogatell Beach. This 600-metre stretch of powdery white sand comes with Blue Flag status and a prime position on the coast, just five minutes’ walk from Port Olimpic’s bars and restaurants. There’s plenty of space for lounging around and it’s popular with sporty types too, due to its designated areas for beach volleyball, football and basketball.

  • Barceloneta BeachTravel time from Barcelona: approx 0.5 hrs The closest beach to the centre of Barcelona, Barceloneta Beach stands on the city’s eastern coast in a former fishing district mentioned by Cervantes in the Spanish classic Don Quixote. Now, perhaps ironically, home of one of Europe’s largest aquariums, Barceloneta is very well provided for when it comes to amenities and facilities. In addition to showers, toilets, and changing rooms, some areas of the beach offer Wi-Fi connectivity. There are… read more »
  • Bogatell BeachTravel time from Barcelona: approx 0.5 hrs Stretching for 700 metres along Barcelona’s coastline close to the Olympic Port, the sands of Bogatell Beach are generally considered to be less crowded on the busiest days than nearby beaches such as Barceloneta and San Sebastià, from which it is separated by a stone breakwater. All the same, Bogatell Beach provides pretty much everything that anyone could want for a relaxed day on the beach, with a lifeguard… read more »
  • Sant Sebastià BeachTravel time from Barcelona: approx 0.5 hrs Noted for its modern tower and integrated cable car station (for trips up to Mount Monjuic), Sant Sebastià Beach lies in the Cuitat Vella district of Barcelona immediately along the coast from Sant Miquel Beach. One of the city’s oldest and best loved beaches, Sant Sebastià comprises biscuit-coloured sands that continue for around a kilometre in length and average widths of 80 metres. Sant Sebastia is well equipped with… read more »
  • Nova Icària BeachTravel time from Barcelona: approx 0.5 hrs Located north of the Olympic Port and next to Bogatell Beach in the La Vila Olimpica del Poblenou area of Barcelona, Playa de la Nova Icària lies at the heart of the city’s coastline. Created for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Nova Icària Beach has a reputation for being one of Barcelona’s more tranquil urban beaches. That said, amongst its 400 metres of golden sand you’ll still find plenty of… read more »
  • Mar Bella BeachTravel time from Barcelona: approx 0.5 hrs This semi-urban beach on the coastal reaches of Barcelona is located between Bogatell and Nova Mar Bella beaches. Like its neighbouring areas of golden sand, Mar Bella Beach has a good number of public facilities, including toilets, showers, a children’s play area and beach volleyball courts. On Passeig Marítim, the promenade that runs behind Mar Bella, visitors will also find table tennis tables, a range of bars and… read more »
  • Nova Mar BellaTravel time from Barcelona: approx 0.5 hrs Backed by modern high-rise apartment buildings, Nova Mar Bella beach was part of a larger regeneration scheme that coincided with the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and aimed (successfully) to reunite city and coastline. Though a man made construction, Nova Mar Bella still has a lot going for it. For one thing, it is a slightly more tranquil experience than other nearby beaches, and has managed to maintain its local vibe, appealing to… read more »
  • Platja de LlevantTravel time from Barcelona: approx 0.5 hrs Barcelona’s newest beach is also its most easterly, as its name suggests. Opened to the public for the first time in 2006, Platja de Llevant has already managed to garner a Blue Flag award for its cleanliness and the quality of its facilities. Comprising light coloured sands that stretch for 400 metres along the coast and another 75 metres or so inland, Platja de Llevant is the next beach along from… read more »
  • Banys del FòrumTravel time from Barcelona: approx 0.5 hrs When is a beach not a beach? When it’s Barcelona’s Banys del Fòrum, a sand-free modernist pool of constantly refreshed seawater protected from the open waves of the Mediterranean by a series of screening posts made – elegantly – from concrete. Constructed in 2004, Banys del Fòrum Beach is a great place to head for anyone most interested in the swimming side of being beside the coast, with the enclosed pool… read more »
  • Castelldefels BeachTravel time from Barcelona: approx 0.5 hrs This five-kilometre stretch of golden sand is one of Catalonia’s most beautiful beaches. Families flock here in the summer months, thanks to the family-friendly activities on offer, with everything from a toy library to kids’ play areas. The clean and shallow waters also make it a safe space for the little ones. It’s a big hit on the facilities front too – as well as plenty of parasols and sunbeds, you’ll find… read more »
  • Platja de GarrafTravel time from Barcelona: approx 0.5 hrs Just along the coast from the ever-popular Castelldefels, you’ll find this peaceful and pretty spot, which is ideal for avoiding the crowds. This 350-metre long stretch of biscuit-coloured sand is a popular place with families, thanks to the clear, calm waters and chilled-out vibe. Lots of the beachgoers here are day trippers from Barcelona, who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours,… read more »
  • Platja de la Bassa RodonaTravel time from Barcelona: approx 1 hr Located in Sitges, roughly 20 minutes from Barcelona, Platja de la Bassa Rodona is best well known as the region’s premier gay-friendly beach. As one of the most central, it’s here that many gay couples choose to sunbathe, although increasingly relaxed attitudes towards the gay community mean many happily bathe on beaches closer to the Catalonian capital. As a result of its history, visitors can expect some male nudity, but… read more »
  • Barceloneta Beach

    This is it: the epicenter of Barcelona’s beaches; the most popular strip of sand in the city. Just east of its namesake neighborhood, Barceloneta Beach throngs with sun-seekers, mojito vendors and sarong sellers during the height of summer.

    Entirely manmade, its pharaonic gold sands were shipped over from Egypt and the palm trees along the promenade once called Hawaii home. For some, it might feel like a circus, but for many others, this iconic stretch of parasol-lined paradise epitomizes the energy of the city. We’re firmly in the latter camp.

    Barcelona Club Beach stands next to a children's slide on Mar Bella Beach

    Mar Bella Beach

    Towards the north of Barcelona’s coastline is this wonderfully cosmopolitan stretch of soft blonde sand, which is ever-popular with an LGBTQI+ crowd. Mar Bella Beach has a small nudist strip, which is clearly marked, as well as a number of other amenities, including a skate park and some water sports.

    Beach-goers playing beach volleyball on Bogatell beach in Barcelona

    Bogatell Beach

    Fronting the hip El Poblenou neighborhood, the fluffy golden-white sands of Bogatell Beach host volleyball courts and a few seasonal xiringuitos (beach bars) with sun loungers and umbrellas.

    There are a couple of excellent seafood restaurants on the promenade above, including much-loved Xiringuito Escribà, but down on the sand, this is as quiet a beach as you’re going to get in this part of Barcelona.

    Sunbathers spread out across Nova Icària Beach in Barcelona


    Aerial view of Ocata beach in El Masnou

    Another Catalonian gem, Ocata lies about 12 miles north of Barcelona and offers the type of idyllic beach experience that can’t be had in a big city. Even during the summer, there’s no need to stake your claim on a towel-worthy spot at this pretty beach near Barcelona.

    Set in the small town of El Masnou, Ocata’s fine golden sand is remarkably flat, making it an ideal spot to play rugby, soccer, or volleyball. It’s not uncommon to see anglers attempting to reel in a big one off this shore.

    Despite being a half-hour train ride from Barcelona, Ocata isn’t devoid of access to fabulous food. It’s perfectly positioned near waterfront restaurants, with plenty of tapas (and a welcome shade break) to be had, especially if you head a bit further into town.

    Sitges’ Beaches

    Sitges Beaches

    Sometimes one beach just isn’t enough. That’s when you head to Sitges. A vibrant resort town 35 kilometers southwest of Barcelona, this vibrant locale is home to 17 sandy beaches that are easy to adore. With so many great options to choose from, Sitges is a haven for beach lovers.

    Whether you’re looking for an LGBTQ-friendly, clothing-optional, or family-friendly beach, you’ll find it, and so much more, on the soft shores of Sitges. Want to get in on the action? Head to one of the beaches closest to the city center. Platja de la Ribera is particularly popular.

    Want to enjoy a bit of peace? Travel a bit farther out, and you’ll find wide expanses of sand with few lounge chairs to mar your view of the horizon. Platja de Barra is set in a cove-like environment and receives fewer crowds.

    Traveling with kids? Platja de la Fragata is the beach for you. It boasts volleyball nets and a bike rental in addition to clean sand and calm waves.

    Map of Beaches in Barcelona


    More to Discover in Barcelona: Once you’ve had your fill of the beaches, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Barcelona, by day and night. See the architectural creations of Antoni Gaudi, wander along La Rambla, or head up to the hilltop neighborhood of Montjuic.

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