Barcelona Beaches Overview

Nova Icària - Beach in Barcelona

Rightfully known for its rambunctious nightlife, there’s also an incredibly robust daytime scene at Barcelona’s beaches with long stretches of sand catering to all ages and types whenever the sun is shining.

One of the best beaches in Barcelona, and maybe one of the best in all of Europe, is Barceloneta Beach. Set against the beautiful Balearic Sea, Barceloneta attracts everyone from outdoor sports enthusiasts to groups of bongo-playing hippies. For those who work up an appetite while baking in the sun, the beach also features a long boardwalk filled with beach bars serving up sangria and small bites. And while it’s most crowded in the summer, the winter months have earned a reputation for its surf waves and those looking to hang-ten flock to the water in their warmest wetsuits.

Other beaches in the city include Mar Bella Beach, which is known for its nudist stretch but also great water sports. There’s Nova Icária Beach, which is a crowded spot that’s favored by families. And then there’s Bogatell, which is much quieter and attracts a higher-end sun-bathing crowd.

Whichever beaches you decide to frequent in Barcelona, there’s always plenty of sand, plenty of sun, and plenty of fun to be had at any of these seaside escapes.

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