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First swim of the year in Barcelona
Barcelona (Ciutat Vella)
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.
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
- When: 1st January, 12:00h
- Where: In front of the Barcelona Athletics Swimming Club (Sant Sebastià Beach). Get there via Metro (L4 - Barceloneta)
- Price: Free
- Website: Club Natació Atlètic Barcelona
- Accommodation Nearby: Celebrate New Year in Barcelona by getting in the sea. Find your Accommodation close to Sant Sebastia beach
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