With almost 5 km of Mediterranean coast, Barcelona brings together some of the best urban beaches in southern Europe. What is more, many of them regularly are awarded with the Blue Flag, in recognition of the quality of water, informational and environmental policies, as well as other services and facilities.
In total, Barcelona´s city offers 10 beaches & bathing areas which are described in the following (from north to south).
The beaches of Barcelona
- Bathing area of the Fòrum. The precinct that once hosted the Forum of Cultures in 2004 today is the only beach without sand. In fact, this space is surrounded and protected by cement slabs, which makes it feel like a large shallow pool with saltwater.
- Llevant. This newest beach line of Barcelona is based right next to the Diagonal Mar, which explains the low number of surrounding facilities. However, it is also the place that is least visited by tourists, which makes it a very suitable option for those who value tranquillity. A large field serves as a parking lot for those who arrive to this area by car.
- Nova Mar Bella. This is the favourite beach for youngsters and women (6 out of 10 visitors are females). It is also the most suitable place for people with disabilities, since there is a wooden walkway to access the sea, as well as a crane and volunteers who help those with reduced mobility.
- Mar Bella. Although this beach has been documented as early as in the beginning of the 20th century, its rise as a bathing area coincided with the Olympic Games of 1992. It offers a nudist area, a playground as well as an original slide.
- Bogatell. The place owes its name to a torrent that ran down to the sea from the neighborhood of Vilapicina, in the district of Nou Barris. As in the previous case, the beach was put into shape for the Olympics. The average age of its visitors is around 40 and 30% of them are foreigners.
- Nova Icària. 415 m in length and very quiet; this is one more beach that emerged in the Olympic times of Barcelona. It is located near the Port Olímpic and quipped with many leisure facilities, its name pays tribute to the name picked by the architect Ildefons Cerdà to baptize the old road leading to the nearby cemetery of Poblenou.
- Somorrostro. Its name is linked to the old shanty village in which the great dancer Carmen Amaya was born and raised. It has an information point, lockers, adaptable showers and toilets, a playground for children and several beach volleyball fields, as well as an open-air library, bicycle parking, beach bars, restaurants and free Wi-Fi.
- Barceloneta. Located next to the city's seaside district, it is the most famous beach in Barcelona. 578 m long and 89 m wide, it has an open-air library, lockers, showers, toilets and rental services for bikes, parasols and sunbeds. In the vicinity, you will find the best seafood in Barcelona. On the other hand, it is very easy to get there by public transport, either by metro or by bus, and to drop into local restaurants and bars.
- Sant Miquel. Situated next to the Plaza Del Mar, it is one of the busiest beaches in Barcelona, as well as one of the oldest ones. There are lifeguards, information point, adapted showers and toilets, hammocks, beach bars and restaurants, sports facilities, adapted parking, bike parking and Wi-Fi.
- Sant Sebastià. It is certainly one of the oldest beaches of the city, and at the beginning of the 20th century the first bath houses in Barcelona were installed here. It is equipped with many other amenities and is located within walking distance to the Club Natació Atlètic-Barceloneta and the Club Natación Barcelona.