One of the most popular Barcelona beaches is the 500 meter long Mar Bella, located eastward on the city´s picturesque seafront. The beach belongs to the Sant Martí neighborhood and was originally developed in preparation for the 1992 Olympics as a setting for water sports. In keeping with the spirit of its origins, the beach remains a fantastic place to get active. It´s known, in fact, as one of the sportiest beaches in Barcelona. At the top of the beach you will find a basketball hoop, nets for beach volleyball, ping-pong table and half-pipe for skaters. These facilities offer a great way to get fit while also taking in the precious rays of Mediterranean sun.
At the southwestern tip of the beach you will find the Base Nàutica Municipal de la Mar Bella, the point of embarkation for sailing trips, kayak excursions and catamaran lines along the city´s coastline. These excursions must be reserved in advance by calling the nautical base or reserving online. The base is also where groups can reserve volleyball nets for the day.
At the other end of the beach is the Complex Esportiu Municipal Mar Bella, a sports complex complete with a competition-certified running track, grass field, badminton and basketball court, and changing facilities. Rent a badminton net with a group of friends for an hour or two, and then head out to cool off with the sea breeze on Mar Bella beach. For sporty folks who love getting their bodies moving outside, there´s probably no place better in all of Barcelona.
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Mar Bella beach is also known as the unofficial nudist beach of Barcelona, as it has an for naturists that is separated with a large sand dune on the southern tip to give naked beach-goers some privacy. Of course, the beach also attract many sunbathers who prefer to keep their suits on, both locals and tourists who visit the beach between May and September of each year.
Due in part to its lax rules on nudity and its focus on fitness, Mar Bella is also the most popular beach among the gay community of Barcelona. Along with the Gay Beaches of Sitges, a beautiful coastal city just 30 km south of Barcelona, Mar Bella is one of the most thriving gay enclaves of Catalunya. For members of the LGBT community, we highly recommend checking out our list of favorite Gay Accommodations in Barcelona. Interested in visiting Sitges? Book through us!
Services at Mar Bella beach include showers and toilets, safe drinking fountains, a children´s play area, a lifeguard station, a restaurant and three chiringuitos (beach bars). Special attention is paid to beach-goers with limited mobility, with special facilities including disabled parking areas close to the dry beach, visual, tactile signage and information, adapted toilets in the restrooms, wooden walkways down to the water and adapted showers with chairs. For disabled individuals seeking accommodation in Barcelona, we recommend our Handicap Apartments Barcelona.
How to Get There:
- Take the Metro to Poble Nou or Selva de Mar (Yellow Line – L4), from which it is about a 10-minute walk to the beach.
- Take the V27 or H16 bus.
- Tram: T4 – Selva de Mar
- Bicing: Passeig de Garcia Fària 21 / Espronceda, Passeig Marítim de la Mar Bella.