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In the past 20 years, Barcelona’s coastline has achieved the status of having the best urban beaches not only in the Mediterranean, but in the whole world according to National Geographic, adding yet another asset to the wide range of attractions Barcelona already has.

Barcelona Beach Map

A huge project to revamp all the coastline took place in 1992 for the Olympic Games. Old industrial buildings and temporary, informal neighborhoods were torned down, in order to incorporate the sea into the city life, bringing to life the shiny Port Olympic.

The result was a stunning 4,2 km (2.8 mi) boardwalk filled with new hotels, marinas, docks, restaurants, and a new set of beaches, as well as the recovery of the old ones.

All of them are well communicated with the city’s public transport system, and have been approved with the European Union’s blue flag, as excellent quality beaches.

Best Barcelona beaches

Whether you’re looking for a quiet day on the beach, or a full-action packed summer day, Barcelona has a beach for every taste. These are the most popular.

Barceloneta Beach

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Named as the Nº 1 urban beach in the world by National Geographic, Barceloneta Beach is the most well-known and visited beach in Barcelona, where endless activity takes place all day long.

 

Barcelona Beach Segway Tour


Sant Sebastià and Sant Miquel

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These are the closest beaches to the famous W Hotel. Sant Sebastià Beach, along with Sant Miquel Beach right next to it, are among the first beaches in Barcelona. Sant Miquel was already used as a beach way back in 1755.

 

Barcelona Bike Tour with a break on a Terrace Bar


Marbella Beach

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Marbella beach is very popular among young people as well as with gay crowds. Due to its special and more secluded location compared to other Barcelona beaches, it’s one of the few beaches in Barcelona where nudity is allowed.


Somorrostro Beach

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Somorrostro is one of the best located beaches in Barcelona within public transportation. In fact, is one of the easiest to reach either by walking and biking. The 520 meter long beach is mostly frequented by a young crowd and plenty of tourists.


Bogatell Beach

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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 beaches by the Passeig Marítim.

It’s quite close to the popular Rambla del Poblenou, busy avenue in the Poblenou neighborhood, filled with bars and restaurants.


Fòrum beach

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It’s a sandless beach located inside the Barcelona Forum. Out of all the beaches in Barcelona, is the most isolated one, and the least crowded. It has different swimming zones, deck chairs, water games for children, and even an area designed especially for the disabled.

 

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Services at the Barcelona beaches

  • Services like medical attendance and Red Cross lifeguards are available.
  • Some of the beaches have sunbeds for rent.
  • There are restaurants and beach bars in most of them.
  • There are showers, public toilets, and even dressing rooms available (in some beaches).
  • Sports like beach volleyball, surf, sailing and windsurf can be practiced.
  • Summer in Barcelona is quite longer compared to other European destinations. It’s perfectly possible to hit the beach since late April way into mid October. Even in wintertime you can find someone who dares to try the water.
  • Nudity is permitted in Marbella and Sant Sebastià beaches, with a mixed nude/dressed crowd.
  • Safety is pretty acceptable, however you should heep an eye on your things all the time.

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