One of my favourite things about Barcelona is the fact that there is something for everyone. Whether you want to soak up the culture, hit the shops, experience the nightlife or just while away the hours relaxing on the beach, Barcelona offers it all. The city has over 4 kilometres of golden sandy beaches divided into eight sections beginning with Platja de Sant Sebatià stretching down to Platja de Llevant, the 380-metre long beach created in 2006. All of the beaches offer something a little different whether you want to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a book in hand or fancy a more lively party atmosphere.
Here are three of Barcelona’s most popular beaches. And after a hectic morning wandering around the city, what could be better than spending the afternoon unwinding on the beach?
How to get there: metro stop: Barceloneta on the yellow line, the L4. The beach is just a ten-minute walk from the station.
Barceloneta makes up the largest section of Barcelona’s beaches and is also the closest to the city centre, making it the city’s most popular beach. There is plenty to do in Barceloneta including activities such as kitesurfing, boat rentals, and sailing. If you don’t fancy doing something so physically demanding, you can grab a chilled beer or mojito from one of the many bars lining the beach and relax on a deckchair. When you get peckish, there are plenty of excellent seafood restaurants lining the shore, serving up the freshest and finest paellas and rice dishes going. Given its proximity to the centre, Barceloneta can get incredibly crowded, particularly in the summer months. So if you’re after a more relaxing experience, it may not be your best bet.
Platja de la Nova Icària
How to get there: metro stop: Ciutadella Vila Olimpica on the yellow line, the L4.
Platja de la Nova Icària is 400 metres long and is right on the Port Olímpic. Here, there are plenty of trendy restaurants and bars which are always crowded with people enjoying some fresh seafood and cooling down with a large glass of sangria. Like Barceloneta, there is are many activities on offer and the beach is particularly good for water sports. Given its location near Barcelona’s bars and clubs, Nova Icària attracts a young crowd and it the evenings it can get a little loud and lively. It’s the perfect spot for young people to meet and enjoy the good weather.
Platja de Bogatell
How to get there: metro stops Llacuna or Poblenou on the yellow line, the L4. (Note: the metro station Bogatell is quite a walk from the beach)
This beach is a bit further out than the others, but the journey is worth the effort. Platja de Bogatell is 600 metres long and was created in 1992 for the Olympic Games. It is one of the city’s most beautiful beaches and is less crowded and much calmer than the more central beaches, making it the perfect place to go for a day of relaxing or to take the whole family. There is a lot to keep you entertained, including an area with exercise equipment, beach volleyball, table tennis and basketball. If you want to keep your kids occupied while you lay back on a sun lounger, there is a children’s play area too.