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First swim of the year in Barcelona

First swim of the year in Barcelona
Sant Sebastià

Street
Passeig Maritim

City
Barcelona (Ciutat Vella)

SubwayBarceloneta

Jan 01

Cold is for the weak!

Welcome the new year in the most original way possible; by taking a swim in the Mediterranean and getting in the sea! It's no joke! The tradition of taking a swim at Sant Sebastiá Beach on the 1st of January has been practiced by Barcelonians since 1996.

This strange event is known as "Primer Bany de l'Any", meaning First Swim of the Year. Everything is organized by the Barcelona Athletics Swimming Club, which is a sports centre by the beach that is also home to a fitness centre and several pools.

Get in the sea for New Year Barcelona
GET IN THE SEA!

Participation in this event is completely free, but if you want to have a nice hot shower reserved for you after your 'chillful' adventure and a diploma as a souvenir, then you'll have to register with the reception at the club. At 14ºC the water isn't frighteningly cold, yet it will certainly be a bit of a shock at first.

Despite the temperatures, this madness attracts more than 400 Swimmers each Year!

News Report from BTV, 2012

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