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Beach Volleyball in Barça

Written by Stephen Cairns

High-spirited cries and laughs resound! Grown men and women dive, lunge, scream and high-five on a sand court with a high net as they attempt to spike a ball and win a point for their team.

What am I talking about? Beach volleyball, of course!

Originally conceived in 1915 at the Outrigger Canoe Club, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, Beach Volleyball has grown in popularity from casual pastime to an Olympic sport.

beach volleyball

Photo by: Sander van der Wel via / CC BY-SA

It’s also a part of Barcelona Beach culture with players of all standards and ages competing to be Lords of the Sand.

Basic Rules

Two teams of two players play on a court of dimensions sixteen by eight meters. Of course, having more players is sometimes more fun and often seen in friendly games.

One team will serve and send the ball over the net to start a point. A team is allowed up to three touches to return the ball across the net with the intention of grounding the ball on the opponent’s court.

The point is completed when the ball is either grounded within the confines of the court or lands outside of the court (marked by lines), much like tennis. The team that scores a point serves to start the next one.


The first team to reach 21 points wins the set, and the first team to win two sets wins the match. In a deciding set, teams must win by 2 points.


If you don’t want to stand out as a newbie then here are some useful terms to boost your beach credibility:

Digging – is when a player attempts to prevent an opponent’s attack hit from touching the court.
The Set – is the second team contact. Its purpose is to position the ball for an attack on the third hit.
Spiking – hitting the ball hard with one open hand on a downward trajectory from above the top of the net.
Rolling – a similar motion to spiking, but softer and with an arcing trajectory.
Dinking – directing the ball very softly, low over the net.

Where to play


Photo by: BrazilWomenBeach via / CC BY

Groups like invite players to take part in friendly but competitive matches. It’s a great way to meet new people, learn to score and count in Spanish, while at the same time improving your skills. Simply arrange a match via the group’s website

For a more structured learning facility contact Barcelona Beach Club (BBC). BBC can boast an academy of professional courts on various beaches in Barcelona. Their system follows a program divided into 4 different levels, combining progressive objectives with a weekly competition.

Stag and Hen parties looking for activity based fun should contact Barcelona Tours who will organise a beach volleyball tournament, supply all necessary equipment, including a referee, and water for rehydration in the summer heat.

With permanent beach courts and a relaxed, friendly vibe, Barcelona is an ideal place to begin your beach volleyball career!

About the author

Stephen Cairns

Stephen loves writing and travelling. He loves the Spanish sun and writing about the beautiful city of Barcelona.


  • Hi,

    My names is Philip, I’m looking for a company activity and found out that you have beach volleyball facilties. Where are your courts located at in Barcelona?

    The date i’m interested in is 6/7 September, do you have anything available?

    Kind regards Philip

  • The article is called “Beach Volleyball in Barça” which is curious. Barça refers only to football club Barcelona and not the city. i know it sounds like i am being pedantic but the locals honestly don’t understand if you refer to the city of Barcelona as Barça.

    • Hello Fred,
      You are correct. Many people confuse it with the name Barna…
      Best regards,

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