Le Barcelona beaches they are a popular choice for locals and tourists alike to seek refuge during the hot summer heat. In addition to being able to take advantage of the beaches distributed along the city waterfront, there are several seasonal bus lines available, which allow you to easily reach the beaches located outside the city.
All Spanish beaches belong to the public domain, it is therefore forbidden to light fires and throw waste outside the designated containers. Reusable ashtrays are always available at the information points at the entrance to the beaches. All the beaches also have designated areas for games. Unlike Italy, in Spain there is no law that prohibits nudism, however for good coexistence naturism lovers tend to group themselves in certain areas within the beaches. The entrance to the beaches of pets is regulated during the peak periods, limiting access to some sectors, indicated at the entrance to the beaches. All the beaches are connected to each other by the promenade, which includes a cycle path. Finally, on most beaches you can access free Wi-Fi networks.
The city beaches of Barcelona
Below are listed all the beaches that belong to the Municipality of Barcelona, from west to east:
The Beach of Sant Sebastia it is, together with that of the Barceloneta, the oldest in the city, with sports clubs related to the sea of a certain importance. It is also one of the largest, with its length of about 1 km. It can be reached very easily from the Barceloneta stop of metro line 4, as well as a large number of bus lines that stop nearby. The beach is supervised by a beach guard service, umbrellas and sunbeds can be rented, and there is a play area reserved for children. It is one of the best organized beaches for access to people with reduced mobility, with reserved parking spaces, accessible itineraries up to the water's edge, adapted bathrooms and easy access to water. Given its size, it is one of the most popular, both by locals and tourists, and it is possible to take advantage of a dedicated car park. There are kiosks for the sale of food and drinks, however being close to Barceloneta there is a wide choice of restaurants and tapas bars where you can try some local pinchos.
Sant Miquel, Barceloneta and Somorrostro
The beaches of Barceloneta they are among the most popular with tourists, given their proximity to the historic center, and for this reason they tend to be very busy during the summer. The beach is supervised by the beach guards of the municipality. As in Sant Sebastià, the beaches of Sant Miquel, Barceloneta e somorrostro they offer numerous services to bathers, including restaurants on the edge of the beach, rental of umbrellas and sunbeds, space reserved for children, rental of bicycles, showers, bathrooms, easy access for people with limited mobility and an information point. It can be accessed easily from the L4 metro stop in Barceloneta, or as far as Somorrostro is concerned, from that of Ciutadela.
Nova Icària and Bogatell
In total about 1 km long, the beaches of New Icaria of Bogatell they are among the quietest beaches in the city, great for families. They are among the beaches with the largest space reserved for games, with ping pong tables, a soccer field, beach volleyball courts, a basketball court and an area for gymnastics. The other services are similar to those of other beaches: beach guards, kiosks for drinks and ice cream, rental of umbrellas and sunbeds, children's area, easy access, showers and toilets. The beaches can be easily reached from the metro line 4 stops, at the stops of Ciutadela, Bogatell or Laguna.
Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella
Mar Bella e Nova Mar Bella they are two artificial beaches, created during the remodeling of the coast on the occasion of the 1992 Olympic games, and have about 1 km of fine sand. To access the beaches you can get to the stops of the L4 line of Selva de Mar,. For the quality of the services offered, Mar Bella has repeatedly obtained the local equivalent of the blue flag. The beaches offer a wide range of spaces reserved for games: beach volleyball courts, table tennis tables, basketball courts, a play area for children and a track for scooters. Both beaches have a lifeguard service. There are kiosks for drinks and ice cream, rental of umbrellas and sunbeds, easy access, bathrooms and showers. The Mar Bella beach has a space dedicated to naturism, and is one of the most popular in the gay city environment.
Boat or catamaran trips
It is possible to take 1 hour and 20 minute boat tours departing from Port Vell to Badalona and back, stopping at the Olympic port. The complete tour costs 15 euros. The catamaran tour instead makes a guided tour inside the Port Vell, for a duration of about 40 minutes and a cost of 7,5 euros.
Beaches outside Barcelona
In addition to the beaches located within the city, along the Catalan coast it is possible to choose between numerous alternatives. South of the city are the beaches of Sitges, Vilanova e Calafell. To the north, however, it is worth noting Blanes, the starting point of the Costa Brava.
- Who intends to go to South you can take the light metro line R2 (Cercanía Renfe); trains run for 30 minutes, from 6am to 23pm. From Sants station it is possible to reach Sitges in half an hour, Vilanova in 40 minutes and Calafell in just under an hour.
- To go to North part it is necessary to take the R1 line; trains run for 30 minutes, from 6 am to 23 pm. From Plaça de Catalunya station you can reach Blanes in about an hour and twenty minutes.
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In addition to trains, it is possible to reach more distant destinations by bus, with dedicated trips that depart mainly (but not only) from the Estació del Norte.