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Bogatell Beach

Barcelona is primarily known for its historic and cultural attractions. However, the city is also endowed with some natural spots that attract a lot of visitors and offer a break from a cultural tour. One such place is Bogatell Beach, a seafront that allows the travellers to relax and to rejuvenate. Here, they can play various water as well as other sports to enjoy sunny afternoons. For those who wish to enjoy the quite sea, can sit here in the evenings and observe the sun going down. A visit to this beach is a must during your trip to Barcelona.

  • Store your electronics in a plastic bag so as to protect them from getting wet.
  • Use of sunscreen lotions and sunglasses is mandatory while going out in the sun.
  • Services offered around the beach: Lifeguards and safety, Local Police, beach information point, adapted showers, adapted public toilets, children games area, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, drinks and ice cream kiosks, bicycle parking areas, restaurants and Wi-fi.
  • For those who wish to try some sports here, there is an availability of exercise equipment, beach volleyball, table tennis, basketball hoop and beach football.

Entrance Ticket Details For Bogatell Beach

  • It is a beach. You can visit the place any time of the day.
  • By Metro:L4-Llacuna
  • By Bus: 26, H16, V27

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  • Bogatell Beach Address: Passeig Marítim del Bogatell, 80, 08005, Barcelona, Spain
  • Bogatell Beach Timing: 24-hrs
  • Time required to visit Bogatell Beach: 03:00 Hrs
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Where is Bogatell beach?

Bogatell beach is located on the coast of Barcelona, right between Mar Bella beach and Nova Icària beach. It is located in the district of Sant Martí and is 700 metres long. This was one of the remodelling projects that Barcelona undertook in 1992 to modernise the city’s coastline and make it attractive to tourists.

If you are wondering how to get to Bogatell beach, you should know that there are several ways to get there:

  • You can easily get to the beach by bike, as it has a special lane for bicycles to circulate quietly.
  • You can get there by car, although you should bear in mind that the parking spaces are in the Blue Zone and that, depending on the time of day, you will have to pay for them.
  • To get there by public transport, you can take the V31, H16, 92 or V27 bus. You can also get to the beach by metro, getting off at the Bogatell stop on L4.
  • Moreover, if you are staying at Lugaris apartments, you can easily access Bogatell Beach on foot, as it is less than 10 minutes away on foot.

What does Bogatell mean?

Now that you know where Bogatell beach is, if you’re a bit curious you might be wondering what the meaning of this strange word is. The origins of this name can be found in the old Barcelona, which was not yet remodelled for the 1992 Olympic Games.

At that time a torrent of water flowed down from the Vilapicina neighbourhood and into the sea. This stream was known as the Bogatell and the truth is that the inhabitants of the area saw it as their nearest sewer, as the smell it gave off was not very pleasant.

From the 1980s onwards, the whole of Barcelona’s coastline underwent extensive renovations, the work culminating in 1992. Today, Barcelona’s coastline is one of the main attractions of the city and practically the whole country.

What to do on Bogatell beach?

Thanks to its central location in the city of Barcelona, Bogatell beach is currently one of the most visited beaches by tourists. In addition to having a car park nearby, it is also considered one of the safest, as it is a favourite beach for families who come to relax and cool off on summer days.

Unlike other beaches in Barcelona, such as Somorrostro or Barceloneta, Bogatell beach is frequented by a slightly more adult public. The age of the visitors is around 35 to 38 years old, and the bathers are not usually interested in parties and rowdiness, but rather in having a good time relaxing on the beach.

All of Barcelona’s beaches have been equipped with the necessary facilities for sports such as beach volleyball, football and table tennis. You can bring your own net or use one of those provided by the city council for public use.

Bogatell beach has the following services available for its visitors:

  • Adapted public showers and toilets.
  • Children’s play areas.
  • Lifeguard service.
  • Sun loungers and parasols for hire.
  • Bicycle parking and car parking nearby.
  • Restaurants.
  • Free Wifi.

If you have rented a flat near Bogatell beach, the tourist office can inform you of all the water activities available. You can book your experience to learn how to paddle surf, kayak, windsurf, kitesurf, etc.

Specially created in time for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, today Bogatell beach is a popular hang-out for outdoor sports players and sun worshippers alike. Located just by the up-and-coming Poblenou neighborhood and away from the crowds of the busy Barceloneta beach, there are a number of great bars and restaurants to explore nearby. Read on to find out what to do and see on your next trip to Bogatell beach.

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This is one of the most popular places in Barcelona to eat traditional paella or fideuà – a local version of paella cooked with noodles instead of rice. Located right on the beach front, unlike the traditional xiringuitos which open only during the summer, Xiringuito Escribà is open all year round. While the fair weather of Barcelona means open-air seating is possible most months, in the winter the restaurant has cover, warm blankets and heaters to create a cozy feel. Be sure to leave room for dessert as they serve delicious patisserie made by the bakery owned by the same family, the Pasteleria Escribà.

Xiringuito Escribà, Av. del Litoral, 62, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 210 729

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Xiringuito Escribà courtesy of Xiringuito Escribà

Xiringuito Escribà courtesy of Xiringuito Escribà

L’Escamarlà

Another popular beach-front eatery, L’Escamarlà specializes in fish and seafood dishes inspired by ingredients from the local market. You can find traditional dishes such as paella and arroz caldoso – a fish stew with rice – as well as fried squid Andalusian style, grilled vegetables with Romesco sauce, or fresh fish cooked over the grill. The décor is cozy and bright with a maritime feel which is only enhanced by the views of the nearby Mediterranean sea. If you’re there during the week, L’Escamarlà offer a lunchtime menu at €24 for three courses and a drink.

L’Escamarlà, Passeig Marítim del Bogatell, 40, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 211 366
Can Dendê

If you want to take a break from the beach and get some respite from the sun then it’s worth making the short walk to Can Dendê. This friendly restaurant has a Brazilian vibe which comes through in both the food and the atmosphere: colorful, lively and warm. The best time to come is at lunchtime to enjoy one of the famous brunch dishes, including classics such as Eggs Benedict, but also exotic morsels such as fried yuca and Brazilian “cheese bread.”

Can Dendê, Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada, 44, Barcelona, Spain, +34 646 325 551
Eggs Benedict | © Jon Mountjoy/Flickr

Eggs Benedict

What to do

Play volleyball

The local council in Barcelona have equipped a number of beaches with beach volleyball nets which are free for the public to use. You’ll need to bring your own ball but should have no problem finding team-mates to play with as it’s a popular spot for locals to enjoy a game anytime of the year. Check out local websites such as Meetup for details of upcoming friendly games taking place on Bogatell beach.

Beach volleyball at Bogatell Beach | © Stéphane D

Beach volleyball at Bogatell Beach

Go for a swim

The Bogatell beach is one of the most popular beaches among locals and has relatively low rates of foreigners visiting it – 30 percent compared to other beaches such as those by the Barceloneta. This means that the beach tends to be safer and has a more relaxed, friendly atmosphere with less hustle and bustle. Make the most of this to go a for a swim and enjoy the views of Barcelona’s skyline from the sea: check out the W Hotel at the far end as well as landmarks such as Frank Gehry’s El Peix d’Or and the nearby Port Olympic.

Explore Poblenou

One of the reasons Bogatell beach is so popular is that it is located just opposite the up-and-coming neighborhood of Poblenou. Once the industrial heart of Barcelona, today Poblenou is undergoing a veritable revival as former warehouses become art studios and craft beer breweries pop up in underground hide-outs. It pays to be patient with Poblenou, as at first glance it can seem much quieter than other parts of town. But take your time to explore and you’ll soon stumble upon the latest art opening or a pop-up vintage market.

Palo Alto Vintage Market | © Moritz Barcelona/Flickr

Palo Alto Vintage Market

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