Surfing is all the rage in Barcelona, a city known for its long beaches and good weather that goes with the lifestyle of wave lovers.
Although the northern coast of Spain is the most popular for surfing, the sport is growing every day in the Barcelona area, where there are an average of 130 surfing days a year to enjoy on the board.
Here are the best places to surf in Barcelona and its province, so you won't miss out on the waves during your visit to the city.
Surfing beaches in Barcelona
When it comes to surfing in Barcelona, the best-known spot is probably La Barceloneta. This is one of the most accessible beaches from the city centre, only a 10-minute metro ride away, allowing you to enjoy surf without having to leave Barcelona. It's also full of surfboard rental shops, so you don't need to bring your own equipment.
Surfers take advantage of the swell days - mainly in autumn and winter - to surf against the impressive city skyline. A short but strong wave dominates this part of the coastline.
Another favourite destination for surfers in the province of Barcelona is the Caleta de Montgat. Located 10 km from Barcelona city, this is one of the most popular surfing spots because of the fast waves and tubes you can catch on the right days. Next to Montgat is the beach of Masnou, another good place to surf just a few minutes from Barcelona.
On the other side of Barcelona, to the south, are the beaches of Sitges. Two of the best known for surfing are Aiguadolç beach and Cemetery beach, where you can enjoy fantastic surfing sessions if the swell is good. Here you can find small waves, perfect for beginners, and more powerful ones for experienced surfers.
Where to learn surf in Barcelona
The Barcelona coast is a good place to learn to surf. There are many equipment rental establishments and surf schools in Barcelona providing lessons of surfers of all levels and ages. If you want to learn to ride the waves safely, don't hesitate to get advice from these professionals.
It's not difficult to find a surf course in Barcelona, whether you want to get started or perfect your skills on the board. There are many options to choose from depending on your goals and experience. In Barcelona city, for example, you can check out the Pukas surf school and get equipment at The Ocean Store. The Sitges Surf Club or Maresme Waves school are other options in the Barcelona area.
Accommodation in Barcelona for surf lovers
At Grand Hotel Central we have a great accommodation option right in the centre of Barcelona, from where you can access La Barceloneta by metro or take the train to other surf spots in the province. Our 5-star boutique hotel in the Gothic Quarter is perfect for exploring the city's iconic spots and is perfectly connected to Barcelona's surrounding towns.
After a long day of surfing, take advantage of the treatments and massages at the exclusive Único Spa to relax and recharge your batteries, or enjoy the delicious Mediterranean cuisine at Bistro Helena restaurant. The excellent services of our luxury hotel in Barcelona will not disappoint you.
What are you waiting for? Check availability and book your stay at Grand Hotel Central.