Among Barcelona’s many and varied attractions, and one that is greatly appreciated by the holidaymakers who visit us in the summer, are its beaches, located just over 10 minutes from the city centre. More and more people are setting aside a day or two from their holidays in Barcelona to sunbathe, swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean or enjoy a paella or a cocktail in one of the many beach bars.
In recent decades, Barcelona’s beaches have undergone great improvement as a result of various initiatives carried out by the City Council to rehabilitate Barcelona’s coastline and improve the quality of its beaches. In addition, Barcelona’s seafront promenade has been upgraded, enabling visitors to enjoy a pleasant walk along all of its beaches, from Llevant to Sant Sebastià.
Barcelona has nine beaches, most notably Barceloneta, which is one of the most popular and most frequented by foreigners, and Sant Sebastià, which is the oldest and most traditional as well as being one of the longest, at 1,085 m. It is also the location of a number of important sports clubs such as the Barcelona Swimming Club. Then there is Bogatell beach, which can easily be reached by bicycle thanks to a cycle lane and where one can enjoy a game of volleyball or table tennis, and Mar Bella, which was created during the urban redevelopment work that took place in preparation for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Neither should we should forget the Forum’s Zona de Banys (bathing area), which is located within the former site of the Forum of Cultures and has direct access to the sea. Although this area doesn’t have sand, you can still enjoy typical beach activities such as sunbathing and swimming.
Art, culture, gastronomy, shopping… and the beach. What more can you ask of a city?
For more information on location, activities, public transport and the condition of Barcelona’s beaches, we recommend visiting the City Council’s website.