Party Earth Review Despite being little more than shacks in the sand, Spain’s xiringuitos (beach bars) provide welcome refreshments and shade from the Mediterranean sun and are a beloved Spanish institution every bit as sacred as flamenco... ... read full review
Platja de la Barceloneta
61 079 46 98
Daily 11am–midnight (summer); Closed mid-November to April
Port Olimpic / Barceloneta, Barcelona –
Despite being little more than shacks in the sand, Spain’s xiringuitos (beach bars) provide welcome refreshments and shade from the Mediterranean sun and are a beloved Spanish institution every bit as sacred as flamenco dancing, the Running of the Bulls, Pedro Almodóvar, paella, and topless sunbathing.
Princesa 23 Beach Bar is probably the best of Barceloneta’s xiringuitos and features a canopy-covered veranda surrounded by palm trees, as well as a stunning view of the sea and the sunbathers.
Besides the cool sea breeze, Princesa 23 serves up inexpensive mojitos after 7pm from its small cabana-style bar as well as a light menu of wraps, salads, and ice cream.
Buzzing with activity both day and night, Princesa 23 Beach Bar is a prime spot to relax during the day and a perfect place to drink and mingle with friends in the evening.
International crowd of beachgoers, 18 to 30.
Ambient upbeat tunes. Occasional capoeira groups and other street entertainers.
Sandwiches, salads, wraps, nachos, and desserts. Special deals on the cocktail of the week before 7pm and on mojitos and caipirinhas after 7pm.
Food €4+. Beer €3+, cocktails €5+.
Casual beach wear.
Any sunny day from April to mid-November. Busiest during the afternoons and early evenings.