Barcelona, it has everything a tourist could possibly need, if you’re looking to hike, then you have a mountain; if you’re looking to stroll, then you have loads of parks, and if you’re looking to relax, then you have 4.2km of fantastic beaches. It’s really no wonder that a quarter of people who visit Barcelona are already on their third visit. But wait, before you can sprawl out on the beach under the warm rays of the sun, you need to plan you trip. You can make a good start by booking one of the many holiday apartments Barcelona has to offer. Once you’ve done that, be prepared to relax on one of the following beaches.
This is easily the most popular beach in Barcelona and it was rated in a documentary on the Discovery channel as the best urban beach in the world (and the third best beach in the world). It’s the oldest and largest beach in the city and is suitable for everyone, whether you’re looking to sunbathe or take part in some sports like volleyball. There’s even a place for skaters. Get off at Barceloneta Metro station to find this beach.
This beach was created during an urban transformation of the city in 1992 and is located in the east. It’s more popular with the younger generation, there are a lot of facilities, and you can even take part in one of the many boat excursions that leave from here. Nudism is also allowed (it’s not allowed on other beaches in Barcelona). The closest metro is Poblenou (but bring a map).
Nova Icària Beach
It’s the opposite of Mar Bella in the sense that this is primarily a beach for families. It might get crowded but it remains probably the most peaceful of the beaches in Barcelona. It’s great to go around lunchtime or in the evening as there are many bars and restaurants nearby to grab something to eat before relaxing on the beach. The closest metro station is Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.
This is another beach that was created during the transformation of Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics. Although there is a children´s game area, it’s primarily popular with the older generation, with local police nearby, red cross, and disabled access, it’s one of the safest and most accessible of all the beaches in Barcelona. You can also stop off for an ice cream here as there are kiosks that sell drinks and ice cream. You can reach this beach via Poblenou.
And there you have it, if you’re travelling to Barcelona then you’ll definitely want to take a day to relax on the beach. You might even want to consider using one of the Barcelona vacation rentals in Barceloneta, so that you’re only a short walk away from the beach.