- What to see
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- Travel Tips
Barcelona's nine beaches stretch over five kilometres and are ideal to enjoy the mediterranean sea. They pass through several districts of Barcelona, which allows you to either stay in the city center - more lively and touristic - or stay on the quieter outskirts. Staying in a Barcelona beach apartment will offer you a large selection of places to stay by the sea.
The neighbourhood of Barceloneta is an iconic part of the city. On our website you can book an apartment in Barceloneta where you will find many sights like Port Vell, the Columbus monument, and Barceloneta Market - a place to buy fresh local produce. There is very good public transport, allowing you to reach other parts of the city within minutes using Metro station Barceloneta (L4). The four beaches of the Barceloneta district are:
- San Sebastià Beach: This is the oldest beach and one of the largest in Barcelona, with an impeccable view of Hotel W. Here you will find many restaurants and plenty of things to do.
- Sant Miquel Beach: Dating to the eighteenth century and named after the church of Sant Miguel del Port, located a few minutes away. This is one of the most lively in Barcelona because of its proximity to the city centre.
- Barceloneta Beach: Once the fishing quarter, now you will find volleyball courts, playgrounds, table tennis, and more. One of the landmarks of this beach is the four-tiered cubes structure, called Estel Ferit and designed by Rebecca Horn.
- Somorrostro Beach: Located between the Hospital del Mar and Carrer de la Marina, in the last part of the Barceloneta district. It was named in honor of the slum destroyed in 1966 by Franco. It's very central and frequented by young people.
The Villa Olimpica or "Olympic Village" area is famous for its port and water activities. This location is ideal thanks to its proximity to the lively neighborhood of Barceloneta and Poble Nou, yet there are parts that are away from the centre and tourist areas. The beach you'll find at the Olympic Village is Nova Icaria. Here you can enjoy a bit more tranquility along with its many playgrounds.
The ex-industrial area of Poble Nou is in a state perpetual development. You will commonly see old garages converted into designer studios. One of the attractions of this area is the famous Torre Agbar of Barcelona, especially when it's illuminated at night. This district is outside the centre and yet is a very nice place to live, you can get almost anywhere in minutes by using the Metro. The three beaches in the south of this zone are:
- Bogatelll Beach: Renovated in the 90s, this beach is located at the heart of the changes made during the 1992 Olympics. Here you'll find a more elderly population who enjoy the sports facilities, such as volleyball and table tennis.
- Mar Bella Beach: This beach attracts a young population because it's close to Sant Marti and easily accessible on foot, by public transport, or bicycle. Here you can enjoy a sports area with volleyball courts, skating rink, and basketball court. There is also a nudist area.
- Nova Mar Bella Beach: Found right next to Mar Bella, here there is a beach library so you can enjoy a book under the sun.
This new district is located at the end of Avinguda Diagonal. This area experienced dramatic renovations after the International Forum of Cultures in 2004. You will find many apartments within modern skyscrapers here. It is the best place to enjoy the beaches of Barcelona away from the tourist areas without leaving the city. The main beach of this neighbourhood is Llevant Beach. It's the last beach on Barcelona's coast and was formed in 2006. This beach has fewer services but is notably calmer.
Beaches outside the city
Away from the city of Barcelona you can find equally nice beaches in a different environment. These areas are easily accessible via Metro in about 15 to 30 minutes. They are great for enjoying a day off from the bustle of the city. Here are the three nearest beaches outside of Barcelona:
- Banys del Fórum: The "Forum Baths" are salt water pools with the unique experience of bathing in the sea without the sand or crowds. It opens on 1 June 11AM - 2PM.
- Badalona: This small city has three beaches, which are El Gorg, Manresa, and Central beach. They can be reached by Metro within 15 minutes from Barcelona and are still located in zone 1. All standard public transport tickets work to get there. These beaches are quiet and ideal to leave the crowds of Barcelona.
- Montgat: You cam reach Montgat within 30 minutes from Barcelona and it's still classed as zone 1 on the public transportation system! It has 3 beaches, which are Montgat, Sant Joan, and Les Moreres beach. It's a big change of scene with 2 km of beaches and two water sport centres. So, if you like to surf, windsurf, or kitesurf, then these are the beaches to visit.