If you are on holiday in Barcelona, especially in summer, you will definitely want to take a dip. There is a false myth: some people think that the beaches of Barcelona are the worst in all of Catalonia, because the water is very dirty and there are more cigarette butts on the sand than people, but in reality the opposite is true. One of the main attractions of Barcelona in recent years has been its beaches. Thanks to the regeneration of the coastline implemented in 1992, for the Olympic Games, Barcelona can count on eight beaches that extend for more than 4.2 km. The beaches are central: connected to the historic center and all located just minutes from the city. All the beaches are equipped with the most important services: showers, security, first aid, bike racks, free wi-fi and, in some cases, changing rooms and a rental service for hammocks, sunbeds and umbrellas. The beaches are cleaned every day throughout the year and all have the blue flag of the European Union. According to data from the municipality of Barcelona, every year the beaches of Barcelona receive more than seven million visitors. Although most of these bathers are concentrated in the summer months between May and September, citizens and tourists can enjoy the beaches all year round as they are equipped to play tennis, volleyball and other sports. On the beach of Sant Sebastià, near the Hotel Arts, there is a modern municipal thalassotherapy center and the maritime multi-sports center, with seawater pools that allow you to use the sports facilities during the all year.
The eight Best Beaches in Barcelona are, from west to east: Sant Sebastià (partially naturist), Barceloneta, Somorrostro, Nova Icària, Bogatell, Mar Bella (naturist), Nova Mar Bella and Llevant. Between the beach of Somorrostro and that of Nova Icària is the Port Olimpic structure, while to the east of the Llevant beach is the Marine Zoo (Zoo Marí). In our guide, we will talk about the first 3 beaches for importance: Barceloneta, Sant Sebastià and Somorrostro beaches, both 1,100 m in length, the largest, oldest, most-frequented and the Best Beaches in Barcelona.
Barceloneta is known for its sandy beach. This beach is perhaps the most popular among tourists (given the proximity to the historic center), it offers a breathtaking view, with crystal clear water and a feeling of freshness that help you withstanding the summer heat. From the day to night, the beach of Barceloneta is the most animated of all of Barcelona. La Barceloneta is home to a number of small bars or clubs, where one can eat dinner or drink until the wee hours of the early morning. Today, the cosmopolitan beach is the most popular one for its location in relation to the city center, on the Barceloneta beach you can also find a less crowded area in front of the Wella hotel, where you will not problems with stretching the towel throughout the summer. It is the favorite beach for surfers and cool people who visit the city and want to stay away from the crowds. The Barceloneta also offers a huge aquarium, considered the largest in Europe. The most fascinating part is a transparent tunnel passing through the shark tank! So enjoy this beach to the fullest, but do not stop there alone: there are still two more options in our guide to the Best Beaches in Barcelona.
It is located between the Mar del Marina and Marina Street, in the Ciutat Vella district. It is 522 m (length) and 89 m (width). The name was forgotten and the beach became one of the most popular in the city. It was not until 2010 that Somorrostro beach got its original name back. This beach offers a lot of services such as children’s play area, beach library, sun loungers, changing rooms, beach umbrellas, drinks and ice cream kiosks, bicycle parking areas, restaurants and Wi-Fi. So you will find everything you need on this beach, and you can sunbathe in harmony by not thinking about anything. If you want to keep fit, you can also practice different sports: the most popular is beach volleyball. Very close to the beach there is the Port Olimpic, where you can have an aperitif with your friends enjoying the sunset or go dancing in the night until the first light of dawn. For those with their family, the beach and the neighborhood in front offer all the services that allow you to spend your holiday in peace and quiet.
As the last, deserves a special mention Sant Sebastià beach (1,100 meters), which is the longest one in Barcelona. This is a sandy beach in the Barceloneta neighborhood of Ciutat Vella district. Some history pills:
• This beach was used by the city’s elite in the 19th century.
• In 2004, a statue to commemorate swimming was built by sculptor Alfredo Sanz.
• In 2009, the hotel W Barcelona was built. It was created by Ricardo Bofill and has caused some confrontation as it has altered Barcelona’s skyline.
From here you can see all the other beaches of Barcelona, in a landscape that will leave you breathless, while on your right there will be the famous “sail” of Barcelona, a perfect place for a selfie! Near the beach there are numerous sports centers, where you can train and practice different sports, practicing all the existing ones. The beach is equipped with all the services already mentioned for the other beaches. You just have to pack your suitcase, take your suitswim and come and try the Best Beaches in Barcelona.
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