The beaches of the city of Barcelona are one of the main tourist attractions of the Catalan capital. With an extension of more than 4 kilometers, these beaches offer a wide variety of options to enjoy the sun, the sand and the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona's beaches are characterized by their cleanliness and good maintenance, which makes them pleasant places to relax and enjoy with family or friends. In addition, they have an excellent infrastructure, with large areas for sunbathing, renting sunbeds and umbrellas, practicing water sports or simply strolling along the promenade. One of the advantages of Barcelona's beaches is that they are easily accessible from anywhere in the city, as they are close to the center and well connected by public transport. They also have a wide range of services, such as restaurants, bars and beach bars where you can taste typical dishes of the local cuisine.
Barcelona's beaches are of fine golden sand, wide and shallow. They start in Barceloneta, continue in the Olympic Village and El Poblenou, and end in Diagonal Mar. There is also a bathing area in the district of Besòs and Maresme, called Baños del Fòrum.
Here you can learn about the equipment and services offered by each beach, hotels, parking lots and the nearest places of interest.
Beaches of the Barceloneta quarter
The beaches of Barceloneta are the oldest and most beloved by the inhabitants of Barcelona, especially the beaches of San Sebastià and Barceloneta. In total there are four, the two already mentioned and the beach of Sant Miquel and Somorrostro.
The beach of Sant Sebastià is located next to the Passeig del Mare Nostrum, and extends from the mouth of the port to the Plaza del Mar. This beach and the beaches of Sant Miquel and Barceloneta hold the title of being the oldest and most traditional in Barcelona. With an approximate length of 660 meters, Sant Sebastià beach stands out for hosting prestigious sports clubs linked to the sea.
Sant Miquel beach, with 420 meters, has been designed to offer access and comfort to all visitors, especially those with reduced mobility. The area around the beach has dedicated parking spaces and accessible routes leading to the dry beach. Wooden walkways have also been placed to get as close as possible to the water, and adapted showers with chairs are available. Sant Miquel beach has been awarded the Ecoplayas flag in recognition of the excellence of its services and the quality it offers its visitors.
Barceloneta beach, next to the Passeig Marítim, is 422 meters long and is a popular destination for both locals and tourists in search of sun and sea. It offers complete infrastructure with playgrounds, beach volleyball courts and a wide range of recreational options. In addition, along the promenade there are numerous restaurants, bars and beach bars where visitors can enjoy local dishes and refreshing drinks.
Somorrostro beach, one of the most emblematic beaches in Barcelona, offers water and sports activities, as well as varied gastronomic options in beach bars and restaurants. At night, it transforms into a festive atmosphere with nearby bars and nightclubs, ideal for nightlife by the sea. With its rich history, vibrant energy and central location, Somorrostro is a must-see destination to experience the coastal essence of Barcelona.
Beaches in the Sant Martí district
Many of the beaches in the Sant Martí district were industrial and port areas before undergoing a process of transformation and recovery in the 1990s. The Nova Icaria beach, for example, was created as part of the preparations for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Since then, these beaches have evolved into dynamic seaside destinations, offering residents and visitors a beautiful and relaxing space to enjoy the sea and the sun.
Nova Icària beach stretches for 415 meters along the Avinguda del Litoral. Nova Icària beach combines natural beauty with modern facilities. With its golden sand and calm waters, it is an ideal place to relax under the Mediterranean sun. Both Nova Icària and Bogatell beaches are the ones that accumulate the longest stay of users. This is probably because they are considered the quietest in Barcelona.
Bogatell beach, which is located next to the Passeig Marítim de Bogatell, is a true beach paradise with a perfect mix of sun, sand and gastronomic options. Approximately 700 meters long and 100 meters wide on average, it offers plenty of space for sunbathing, sports and relaxation. One of the attractions of Bogatell beach is its proximity to a wide variety of restaurants and bars on the promenade. Among them, the Escribà beach bar stands out.
Mar Bella beach stretches 512 meters along the Passeig Marítim del Bogatell. Most of the people who frequent this beach are residents of the district of Sant Martí, to which it belongs. This area has a loyal and numerous public that enjoys its charms. Mar Bella beach flies the Ecoplayas flag for its quality and services. Mar Bella beach has a space designated for naturism.
Nova Mar Bella beach stretches 512 meters along the Passeig Marítim del Bogatell. Most of the people who frequent this beach are residents of Sant Martí, the district to which it belongs. This beach flies the Ecoplayas flag for its quality and services.
Llevant beach stretches 375 meters along the Passeig Marítim del Bogatell. During the summer season, Llevant beach offers an inclusive experience by having a delimited area for citizens with dogs, where they can enjoy the beach with their faithful furry companions.
The area of Baños del Fòrum is located in the Parc del Fòrum and has a length of 375 meters. This area offers opportunities similar to those of a conventional beach, such as sunbathing and swimming, but has no sand. Access to the water is via paved surfaces with stairs, and it is designed to be accessible to people with disabilities.