Party Earth Review With Port Olimpic and all of its bars, restaurants, and casinos right next door, Barceloneta Beach has become one of Europe’s top destination beaches and is the only place to be on hot sunny days. Located... ... read full review
Platja de la Barceloneta
Port Olimpic / Barceloneta, Barcelona –
With Port Olimpic and all of its bars, restaurants, and casinos right next door, Barceloneta Beach has become one of Europe’s top destination beaches and is the only place to be on hot sunny days.
Located in one of Barcelona’s oldest neighborhoods, the beach offers all of the expected amusements as well as a terrific view of the busy port.
Seasoned beach bums and vacationing sun worshippers flock to the beach to relax on the golden sand and take cooling dips in the Mediterranean, but there’s always much more going on than meets the eye.
Everyone from hippies and groups of bongo players to enthusiasts of beach tennis and volleyball show up to create a young and lively atmosphere that’s hard to resist.
Plenty of Spain’s beloved chiringuitos (beach bars) line the boardwalk and serve up sangria and cocktails to those in need of shade and refreshment, while nearer to Port Olimpic, patrons can lie back on the terraces of plush lounges like Carpe Diem Lounge Club (CDLC) and Shoko.
Beachgoers who can’t sit still can join the hundreds of strollers, rollerbladers, bikers, skateboarders, and dog-walkers who spend the day parading up and down the Passeig Maritim boulevard.
When the sun goes down, there’s no need to pack up and leave – sunbathers can always throw on a sweater and join one of the many energetic international groups that gather to enjoy the evening breeze, the party atmosphere, and a bit of guitar and percussion music.
And Barceloneta Beach isn’t just for summer anymore, either – the area is also fast becoming a winter surfing hotspot, so interested surfers should grab their boards and wet suits and hit the waves.
All types of all ages.
Tanning, people-watching, and beach sports by day; picnics, beach parties, and clubbing by night.
Supermarkets, bars, and restaurants line the streets. Lazy beachgoers can buy refreshments for only €1–€2 (negotiable) from the beach vendors. Sunbathers should keep an eye on their belongings at all times.
Umbrella/beach chair rental €5. Massage €5/ten minutes. Since this is a tourist hotspot, patrons can expect to pay a bit more for everything at the bars and restaurants.
Weekends and afternoons are busiest at the beach. Evenings draw a crowd for pre-party drinks at the bars and clubbing later on.
Passeig Maritim is the strip that runs along the beach and is home to a plethora of shops, bars, clubs, and restaurants.
Bike rentals are available at Biciclot (Passeig Maritim, 33-35), while boarders can rent equipment from Box 220 surf shop
For refreshment, try Princesa 23 Beach Bar or one of the hip lounges near Port Olimpic. More beaches lie beyond the port.