As you know, I’ve only ever been to Spain in the winter time, and with European summer hiding right around the corner, it’s hard to stop my imagination whisking me away to the sparkling beaches of Barcelona!
A couple of hours scrolling through Pinterest is enough to convince me that my next European summer tour is starting right in Barcelona… However, for those of you lucky enough to be heading there soon, I’ve put together a list of my top Barcelona beaches, ready to be scribbled into your summer itinerary!
Our list starts off with the most well known beach of the area – Barceloneta! This is one of my faves because it’s such a busy, bustling beach with plenty to do; if you’re up for adventure, theres some shops close by that you can hire surf equipment, or bikes to ride up and down the coast!
If you enjoy the night life, you’ll also love this beach as it’s popular for it’s ‘chiringuitos’ (beach bars), which span the length of the beach. Well known Barca nightclubs including Opium Mar, Catwalk, Shoko and Sotovento and Ice Bar are only a short walk away! Definitely one of the coolest beaches in Barca, fo sho.
2. Sant Sebastia
The closest beach to the city, Sant Sebastia is again one of the most popular beaches of the strip. Given it’s proximity to the city, it’s also one of the more crowded beaches on those busy days, hiowever, with plenty of restaurants and even the Maremagnum shopping center close by, there’s plenty of places to take shelter during the peak of the day.
Sant Sebastia also gives a great view all the way up the Catalonia coast line and to the mountains beyond.
What Bogatell loses in location, it makes up for in size. A much quieter beach, Bogatell is home to some of Barcelona’s softest sand, making it the perfect spot to spend the day meditating in the warm sun. If you’re feeling restless, make sure to check out the gym apparatus close by for a spontaneous work out!
Alternatively, if the only muscle you like exercising is your stomach, then check out, the raised promenade backing the beach is home to plenty of great restaurants for you to check out.
4. Mar Bella
Mar Bellam, aka ‘beautiful sea’, is one of Barcelona’s most beautiful beaches, hands down. With a backdrop of beautiful green gardens and crystal waters, this beach is the perfect spot for someone looking to spend a tranquil afternoon. Between July and August a beach library opens, so be prepared to spend your day soaking up the sun and sinking a great read.
For the adrenaline junkies at heart (aka me), Mar Bella is also home to Base Nautica Municipal de la Mar Bella, a local company that offers windsurfing, kayaking and sailing lessons for the young at heart.
Did I mention this beach also has the only designated nudist area in all of Barcelona? Crazy, right!
5. Nova Icaria
Whilst definitely one of the quieter beaches and a more popular choice for young families, Nova Icaria shouldn’t be written off from your itinerary completely – with Port Olympia right next door, this beautiful spot is home to a myriad of restaurants, all set against a gorgeous yachting marina. There’s also several companies along here that offer water sport activities for you adventuress’ out there.
Over to you – Do you have a favourite beach in Barcelona? Or have you been to one of these ones? Leave your comments below, I’d love to hear them!