Whether you’re looking for a quiet day on the beach, or an action packed summer's day, Barcelona has a beach for every taste
According to National Geographic, Barcelona has the best urban beaches, not only in the Mediterranean, but in the whole world.
All Barcelona beaches have been approved with the European Union’s blue flag.
A huge project to revamp all the coastline took place in 1992 for the Olympic Games, bringing to life the shiny Port Olympic.
The result was a stunning 4,2 km (2.8 mi) boardwalk with new hotels, marinas, restaurants and a new set of beaches, as well as restoring of the old ones.
Finding accommodation next to the Barcelona beaches is perfect to make the most of the summer. There are plenty of hotels in Barcelona near the beach, all well communicated with the public transport system.
What services can be found?
Medical attendance and Red Cross lifeguards are available, as well as restaurants, beach bars called “chiringuitos”, toilets, showers and dressing rooms (in selected beaches).
Which sports can be practiced?
Sports like beach volleyball, surfing, sailing and windsurfing can be practiced.
Is nudity allowed?
Nudity is permitted in Mar Bella and Sant Sebastià beaches, with a mixed nude/dressed crowd.
When can I enjoy the beach in Barcelona?
Summer in Barcelona is longer compared to other European destinations. It’s possible to hit the beach from late April way into mid October.
Are the beaches in Barcelona safe?
Safety is acceptable, however you should keep an eye on your things at all times, due to pickpocketing. Never leave your posessions unattended!
Best Barcelona beaches
Discover the most popular beaches in the Barcelona coastline
Named as the Nº 1 urban beach in the world by National Geographic, Barceloneta Beach is the most well-known beach in Barcelona.
Sant Sebastià and Sant Miquel
These are the closest beaches to the famous W Hotel. They are among the first beaches in Barcelona.
Mar Bella Beach
Mar Bella beach is very popular among gay crowds. Is one of the few beaches in Barcelona where nudity is allowed.
Somorrostro is one of the best located beaches in Barcelona within public transportation.
Bogatell Beach is a very popular beach for outdoor sports players and sun lovers alike. It’s located just by the up-and-coming Poblenou neighborhood.
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.