Below you will find a list of the different beaches of Barcelona, with a summary of the kind of people who frequent them, the atmosphere and the main features that you will find in each of them.
We also show you how to get there and we show you a few photos of each one.
You can see the Barcelona beaches in live in our Barcelona webcams
San Sebastià Beach
The beach of San Sebastià is the closest to Hotel W, an essential part of the new “skyline” of the city.
It is a long, pleasant and usually not crowded beach (at least less crowded than Barceloneta beach).
Its audience is mostly young people, students or users of the sports clubs located on the other side of the promenade mixed with tourists who come here from the “Barceloneta Beach” looking for a place to put the towel.
It also has a naturist / nudist area.
How to get there: BUS V15
It is the oldest and most famous beach in the city. It is located at the gates of the neighbourhood that gives it its name, where we recommend you go to taste some tapas in its picturesque and authentic bars! (If you are interested in these bars, you can find more details in our post.
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Barceloneta beach is full of life, young people and tourists. If you are looking for a festive atmosphere, public sports areas, meet people and have plenty of options to drink, eat or buy anything and that you can also easily reach from the city center, this is your beach.
How to get there: BUS 47/59 / V15 / D20
Somorrostro beach has the charm of mixing people “of a lifetime” with the influx of tourists that comes here. Its public during the day is much more familiar than in its neighbouring Barceloneta Beach and is usually full of children playing and old people walking along the shore from the port to the rocks.
In this area of the promenade is where the more VIP restaurants and chill out areas of the beach are located, and as a curiosity, it is the best place in the city to enjoy the sunrise!
How to get there: BUS 47/59 / V15 / D20 (or walking along the beach from Barceloneta Beach towards Port Olímpic).
Nova Icària Beach
Nova Icària beach receives that name for its proximity to the famous Icaria avenue, in one of the best residential areas of the city of Barcelona: The Olympic Village (Villa olímpica).
Until a few years ago this was the most familiar beach in Barcelona and with more influx of local people on the weekends. Lately there are many young people at sunset time (and throughout all the year) to play sports in this area of the coast.
The breakwater that limits this beach to the south is the same as the Olympic port through which small sailboats and windsurfers enter and leave the sailing school in Barcelona (“centre municipal de vela de Barcelona”).
How to get there: BUS H16 METRO L4 ¨Ciutadella / Vila Olímpica¨.
Bogatell beach is specially equipped for people with reduced mobility and has showers with chairs and platforms that reach up to the water for easy access.
This beach also has two of the most famous beach bars or restaurants in Barcelona: ¨Escribà¨ and ¨La Sardinita¨, in both you can taste rice and quality fish on the beach.
How to get there: BUS 59 / H16
Mar Bella Beach
This beach in the district of San Martí has a large nudist area. It also has a nightlife club focused to the gay public that has made the beach frequented by this public.
How to get there: BUS H16 / V29 / V27
This is the closest beach to the Port del Forum, it is a family beach attended by residents of the area and well known for the space reserved for people with dogs.
This dog beach is delineated with fences and to enter you must let your dog be identified by the chip. In this link you will find all the necessary information:
How to get there: METRO L4 “Selva de mar”
This beach is not located in the city of Barcelona, is located in the small village called Montgat but is very near from Barcelona and it is very beautiful and less crowded than the Barcelona ones.
The water is always very clean and clear. This is definitely our favourite beach near Barcelona.
How to get there: Bus: Lines B29, B30. Train (RENFE): R1 – Montgat Nord (right by the beach).
We hope all this information is helpful for you! Enjoy your time at the beach and sea!
The Barcelona Sailboats team.