Barcelona's coastline is made up of several beaches that are perfect for escaping the heat when the temperature rises in summer.
There are nine beaches along the city's seafront, which complement the urban landscape along five kilometres of sand and seafront promenade. These are easily accessible by public transport and are full of life by day and by nightfall.
Whether you want to take a dip to wash off the sweat, get a dose of vitamin D or play sports on the sand and in the water, Barcelona's beaches are a treat you cannot miss if you're visiting.
In this article we introduce you to some of the best beaches on the Barcelona coast and all they have to offer for a fantastic day by the sea. Take note and visit them!
¿What are the best beaches in Barcelona?
When talking about Barcelona's beaches, many instantly think of La Barceloneta, undoubtedly the most popular beach in the city and the one that gave its name to the maritime district where it is located. This is also one of the most accessible, as you can get ther on metro line 4 and several buses down from the centre, making it a very good option for a day of sun and sand.
Beyond La Barceloneta, at the end of the seafront promenade, is Sant Sebastià beach. This is one of the largest and oldest in the city, and a favourite among locals. Although it can get very crowded in summer, this is one of the best beaches in Barcelona for lying in the sun and relaxing, with plenty of space to lay your towel. Another of its attractions are its prestigious sports clubs and open-air cinema sessions in summer.
Beaches to eat well and do sports
Another must-visit beach that often goes unnoticed by visitors is Nova Icària. This beach, located in the centre of Barcelona's coastline, is one of the most peaceful in the city. It also has a children's play area, a ping-pong table and volleyball courts. But the main reason why you should go to Nova Icària is that right above is Xiroi Ca la Nuri, one of the best restaurants in Barcelona to enjoy a paella by the sea.
Right next to Nova Icària is Bogatell beach, a favourite among young people for its lively atmosphere. It is also one of the best beaches in Barcelona for sports, as it has a football pitch, basketball hoops, a volleyball area and equipment for outdoor gymnastics.
The best beach in Barcelona for families
If you want to spend a quiet day with your family, the best beach in Barcelona is Llevant beach. This beach is one of the furthest from the city centre and has a mainly local crowd. It is also one of the newest, added to the city in 2006, and has all the services families need, including a climbing net for children, a beach bar and beach umbrella and sun lounger rental.
But undoubtedly the most special thing about Llevant beach is the dog bathing area set up during the peak bathing season. This area is physically separated from the rest of the beach and has fountains for large and small dogs, showers, urinals and free doggy bags for users. There is no better plan for families with dogs than enjoying the waves with their pets!
Your accommodation to visit the best beaches in Barcelona
Are you looking forward to enjoying a few days of sun and beach in Barcelona? If you plan to visit the city, don't hesitate to stay at Grand Hotel Central, our 5-star boutique hotel located in the heart of Barcelona, in the Gothic Quarter.
Just a stone's throw from our hotel is Jaume I metro station, from where you can get to La Barceloneta stop in 8 minutes. From here you can also easily get to all the city's tourist attractions, or walk through the charming streets of El Born, La Rambla and Paseo de Gracia.
You can round off your stay with a good meal at the Bistro Helena restaurant, where you can sample the delights of Mediterranean cuisine, or a cocktail at the rooftop Sky Bar. And, after a tiring day at the beach, you'll find peace in the sauna of our Unico Spa.