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Bogatell Beach facilities

Due to its location, along with Nova Icària, Bogatell is one of the most visited beaches to the left side of the Olympic Port. Among other reasons, it’s also considered one of the safest beaches in Barcelona, not that others are dangerous but either way, in any Barcelona beach you should always keep an eye on your belongings. In contrast with Barceloneta or Somorrostro Beach, frequented by a younger crowd, this is one of the more “adult beaches” of the Barcelona coastline, with an age average of around 35-38 years old.

Bogatell beach

Bogatell beach

Bogatell Beach, which is located next to the Passeig Marítim de Bogatell, is a true beach paradise with a perfect mix of sun, sand and gastronomic options. With its approximately 700 meters of extension and an average of 100 meters of width, it offers enough space to sunbathe, practice sports and relax.

  • Equipment, service points and services
  • The 3 closest hotels to Bogatell beach
  • Nearby places of interest
  • Parking in the surroundings

Bogatell beach has facilities such as showers, children’s play areas, beach volleyball courts and ping-pong tables. In addition, cycling enthusiasts can use the bike path that runs along the entire coast and beach tennis fans can take advantage of the Beach Tennis Barcelona facilities.

One of the attractions of Bogatell Beach is its proximity to a wide variety of restaurants and bars on the promenade. Among them, the Escribà beach bar stands out, an iconic establishment in Barcelona. Known for its relaxed atmosphere and sea views, this beach bar is famous for its offering of fresh seafood and Mediterranean dishes. It is an ideal place to enjoy an authentic coastal experience while savoring delicious dishes by the sea.

Equipment, service points and services

  • Adapted parking
  • Bicycle parking
  • Beacons to delimit bathing areas and breakwaters
  • children’s play area
  • Beach volleyball fields
  • Basketball basket
  • Beach Soccer
  • Ping-pong tables
  • Boat departure
  • Instruction
  • Showers and adapted showers
  • Toilets and adapted toilets (public)
  • Public address system
  • Litter bins
  • Public sources
  • Watchtowers
  • Lifesaving
  • Urban Guard
  • Information point
  • Rental of parasols and sun loungers
  • Outdoor gym
  • Beverage and ice cream kiosks
  • Hostal Poblenou: Hostal Poblenou is a cozy accommodation option in the lively Poblenou neighborhood of Barcelona. With comfortable rooms and a friendly atmosphere, it offers travelers a peaceful stay close to the beach and numerous local restaurants and bars. It is a popular choice for those who want to explore this modern yet traditional part of the city.
  • SB Icària Hotel: The SB Icària hotel in Barcelona is an elegant and modern establishment located in the Vila Olímpica area. With its contemporary architecture and first-class amenities, it offers guests a unique lodging experience near the beach. Its comfortable rooms and high-quality services make it an excellent option for both business travelers and tourists.
  • Best 4 Barcelona Hotel: The Best 4 Barcelona Hotel is a four-star establishment located in a privileged and quiet location, near the coast. With modern amenities, elegant rooms and quality service, it offers visitors a comfortable stay.

Nearby places of interest

  • Palo Market Fest: The Palo Market Fest in Barcelona is a vibrant event that combines culture, gastronomy and art in a festive environment. Held in the popular Poblenou neighborhood, this market brings together local artists, food trucks and live music, creating a unique experience for visitors.
  • KBr Fundación Mapfre: The KBr Fundación Mapfre is a cultural space in Barcelona dedicated to photography and the visual arts. Located in a modern building, it offers exhibitions by renowned contemporary photographers and artists, providing a unique perspective through the lens. With its commitment to cultural dissemination, the KBr Fundación Mapfre enriches the city’s artistic scene.
  • Torre de les Aigües del Besòs: this tower, built in 1880, was part of the city’s water distribution system and was noted for its innovative architectural design in its time. Today, it is a historical monument that represents Barcelona’s rich architectural heritage.
  • Center de la Vila – Vila Olímpica: located next to the shopping center of the same name, this car park is 8 minutes from Bogatell beach.
  • BSM Bilbao-Lllul: this car park is located 10 minutes from Bogatell beach.

Bogatell Beach

Similar to all the beaches on the northeastern side of the Olympic Port, Bogatell Beach was part of the urban planning that made the waterfront accesible for all the Barcelona residents. It’s connected to the rest of the Barcelona beaches by the Passeig Marítim. Located within walking distance from Poblenou neighborhood, Bogatell is known for being less crowded and the perfect beach for a sun soaked day and a visit to one of its many nearby restaurants and bars.

GOOD CHOICE: Find Hotels near Bogatell Beach

Why visit Bogatell beach?

Due to its location, along with Nova Icària, Bogatell is one of the most visited beaches to the left side of the Olympic Port. Among other reasons, it’s also considered one of the safest beaches in Barcelona, not that others are dangerous but either way, in any Barcelona beach you should always keep an eye on your belongings. In contrast with Barceloneta or Somorrostro Beach, frequented by a younger crowd, this is one of the more “adult beaches” of the Barcelona coastline, with an age average of around 35-38 years old.

Bogatell Beach is one of those “must” places to visit during the charming summer months in Barcelona. Several seafood restaurants are located right on the beach front. Xiringuito Escribà (Av. del Litoral, 62) and L’Escamarlà (Passeig Marítim del Bogatell, 40) are 2 of the most famous traditional paella and fideuà restaurants by the seafront. Enjoy a fantastic meal out in the open air with the lovely view of the beach. If you enjoy beach sports, there are ping-pong table near the breakwater, as well as a volleyball court.

Nightlife

At night, the area close to Bogatell Beach soars with restaurants and nightlife, especially close to Gehry’s “Golden fish”. Shoko, Catwalk and Opium are the biggest clubs in the area.

Services

  • Adapted showers, public toilets and changing rooms.
  • Children’s games area.
  • Lifeguard service.
  • Information point.
  • Bicycle parking.
  • Restaurants.
  • Free wi-fi.

Metro Line 4: Llacuna.
Bus: H16, V27, 92

Ultimate Guide to Going To The Beach In Barcelona

Lady going to the beach in Barcelona

Barcelona is a cultural destination: architecture and museums make top city sites. But did you know there’s almost 5km (about 3 miles) of beach in Barcelona? And the mild local weather allows you to enjoy them most of the year. If not always for bathing and swimming, at least for walking around and practicing sports.

In this post we’ll be sharing with you what makes each Barcelona beach special, where they are located and how they compare. And once you’ve choose, you’ll also get some useful tips to enjoy your beachtime even more. Enjoy!

The beaches of Barcelona, one by one:

1

Platja de Sant Sebastià

I’m going to describe the Barcelona beaches in geographical order, from South-West to North-East. And so we are starting with the longest beach of Barcelona – Sant Sebastià. It features some 660 meters of length (0.4 miles), going from the W Hotel to Plaça del Mar.

It’s mostly used by locals (around 70% according to the City Council), specially the users of two local swimming clubs nearby, although it’s also one of the favorite of tourists. Although it’s not officially a nudist beach, gay nudists have traditionally frequented the furthest end of Sant Sebastia. The beach is well adapted for wheelchairs and is reachable by bus. To see all the facilities and services of Sant Sebastià click here. But some of its unique points are a children playground, a politce station and an embarcation point.

2

Platja de Sant Miquel

Named after the patron saint of the Barceloneta district and its nearby church, this beach is one of the oldest in the city. You’ll find it in front of the Estel Ferit sculpture (commonly called “the cubes”) and the first blocks of the Barceloneta district. It’s 420m (0.26ft) long. You’ll find the state of the beach and a list of all its services and facilities here. Some of its unique features are public water fountains, bicycle hire and other sport facilities. AND it’s a smoke-free beach.

3

Barceloneta Beach

While it used to be the beach section between the beach of Sant Miquel and the Olympic Marina, this part of the coastline is now divided in two stretches. And as a result, the Barceloneta beach goes now only between Sant Miquel and the Gar or Ginebra breakwater.

That’s 422m, just 6 feet longer than Sant Miquel. This beach is often used by tourists and young locals, specially groups of schools that participate in the water activities organized by Espai de Mar. It stands out for having public fountains, playground, lockers and volleyball courts, and for their unique service of assisted bathing for handicap people run by local volunteers. For a detailed list of services and further information go here.

4

Somorrostro Beach

This beach used to be considered part of the Barceloneta beach until recently, when its original name was recovered. It had been avoided for decades because it reminded locals of the shanty town that used to cover the place. Recovering its name has been a way to make it historical justice. This beach is smoke-free, and it’s one of the best equipped beaches in town. It features a playground, public fountains, volleyball courts, a fitness area, a beach library, a police station, an information point and lockers. For further information click here.

5

Nova Icaria

You’ll find the 415m / 0.25 mile of Nova Icaria rigth past the Port Olympic marina and all the way to the Bogatell breakwater. Being a longer walk from the closest subway station, it’s usually quieter than the beaches we’ve described so far.

Also, its many leisure facilities invite to stay longer. There’s volleyball courts, a ping-pong table, a kids playground, lockers and public fountains. There’s also a bathing support service like the one in Barceloneta beach. Plus it’s also a smoke-free beach. For more information on the available services and facilities, click here.

6

Bogatell

The 702m / 0.43 miles of Bogatell beach make it the longest beach in Barcelona. It goes from the Bogatell breakwater to the Mar Bella one. It’s a great area to practice sport, with two ping-pong tables, a football pitch, a volleyball court, a playground, basket ball baskets and a fitness area. There’s also lockers and a police station. More information about the Bogatell beach.

7

Mar Bella

The 512m / 0.31 miles continues from the Mar Bella breakwater to the Bac de Roda one. Because it’s harder to get there, it’s mostly used by local neighbors, that often come in groups to enjoy the many beach facilities:

A playground, a volleyball court, basket ball hoops, a ping-pong table and even a skateboard ring. This beach features also a designated nudist area in one of its ends. And that makes the existence of lockers very convenient. You’ll also find here a police station and a beach library. A detailed list of all the services and facilities can be found here.

8

Nova Mar Bella

The next beach is called Nova Mar Bella, it’s 420m / 0.26 miles long and it goes from the Bac de Roda to the Selva de Mar breakwater. It is also a smoke-free beach. Being hard to reach by public transportation, it’s usually quieter and less crowded than the others, and it’s mostly used by locals. Besides a volleyball court, there aren’t other leisure services, so beach goers really go there for sunbathing and swimming and nothing else. More details here.

9

Platja de Llevant

A relatively new addition to the Barcelona beaches, this short sand strip goes from the Selva de Mar to the Rambla de Prim breakwaters. Its main characteristic is the special area for dogs that is available during the Summer season.

There’s also a volleyball court. More information on the Llevant beach can be found here.

10

Zona de Banys del Forum

The last section of the Barcelona beach… isn’t exactly a beach. Between the Rambla de Prim breakwater and the children games platform of the Forum there’s 375m / 0.23 miles of concrete steps that descend towards the sea water like the grades of a stadium. It is an area that need to be used with precaution: wear footwear that can protect you from the sea urchins, and do not trespass the designated bathing area as there’s nautical activities such as water skiing organized beyond the floating lines. The Forum bathing zone also features an assisted bathing service for people with disabilities and limited mobility during the Summer season.

So what is the best beach in Barcelona, Spain?​

Barcelona beach comparison​

The longest beach is Bogatell, with 702m / 0.43 miles, followed by Sant Miquel and Mar Bella. The sortest beaches in Barcelona are Llevant and Banys del Forum, both of 375m / 0.23 miles. Most of them range between 400-500m / 0.25-0.31 miles. The widest beach is Somorrostro, with an average width of 114m / 374 ft, followed by Bogatell with 100m / 328 ft. The narrowest is Banys del Forum with an average width of just 30m / 98.4 ft, followed by Sant Miquel (48m / 157.5 ft). But most of them are around 70-80m (230-262.5 ft).

ALL THE BEACHES IN BARCELONA HAVE:

  • Public toilets (including adapted toilets)
  • Showers (including adapted showers)
  • Lifeguard towers and First Aid & Rescue services
  • Footbridges for wheelchair access to the water
  • Deckchair and parasol hire (except Banys del Forum).

Plus here you have a comparison of the service and facilities offered by each beach, so you can choose the one that works best for you:

(use the scroll bar at the bottom if you don’t see the whole thing at once)

Sant Sebastia Sant Miquel Barceloneta Somorrostro Nova Icaria Bogatell Mar Bella Nova Mar Bella Llevant Banys del Forum
Playground X X X X X X
Fitness Area X X
Sports Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Ping-Pong Volleyball Ping-Pong Basketball Soccer Skateboard Volleyball Ping-Pong Basketball Volleyball Volleyball
Smoke-Free X X X X
Assisted bathing X X X
Police X X X X X X X
Drinking water X X X X X X X
Bicycle Hire X X X
Library X X
WIFI X X X X X X X
Lockers X X X X X
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So what is the best Barcelona beach for…

  • Best for families: Somorrostro
  • Best for teens and young adults: Bogatell
  • Best for wheelchairs: Banys del Fòrum
  • Best for gay: Sant Sebastià
  • Best for dog owners: Llevant
  • Best for nudists: Mar Bella

More beaches near Barcelona

If you want to get out of Barcelona for a day, there’s many beaches around Barcelona that locals love. Describing them would take a whole entire post, but here are a few ideas:

Beaches South of Barcelona:

The closest beaches are those reachable by the R2 line, in this order: Prat de Llobregat (but you’ll have to take the PR3 bus to get to its wonderful beaches). The R2 South continues the Garraf Coast, via Platja de Castelldefels, Garraf and Sitges.

If you want to go further, the R14 & R15 to Tarragona and the R16 to Tortosa/Ulldecona take you to the Costa Daurada, stopping by the beaches of Torredembarra and Altafulla/Tamarit. Tarragona is a great choice for a combination of historical sightseeing and beach, too.

The R16 continues down past other great beach towns (Salou, Cambrils, L’Hospitalet de l’Infant, L’Ametlla de Mar…), but the train station isn’t too close to the beach. I’d only recommend them if you are planning to stay more than one day in the area.

Beaches North of Barcelona:

The R1 to Massanet-Maçanes is a gorgeous train line that runs almost parallel to the Barcelona and Maresme Coast from Badalona to Malgrat de Mar. They are local favorite destinations for a day at the beach: El Masnou, Ocata, Premià, Vilassar, Llavaneres, Caldes d’Estrac (Caldetes), Arenys, Canet, Sant Pol…

Past Malgrat expands the Costa Brava from Blanes all the way to the French border. Unfortunately, there’s no train to take you there. To the max, you’ll find some intercity buses taking you there, but that’s too much trouble for one day. Rent a car and plan to spend a few days there to explore its wonderful rocky beaches. Tossa de Mar, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, the Aro Valley, Palamós, Calella de Palafrugell, Tamariu, Begur, l’Escala, Sant Martí d’Empúries, Roses, Cadaqués and Port de la Selva are some of the best beach towns there.












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