8 Beautiful Beaches In Barcelona To Soak Up The Sun

The beaches in Barcelona are a year-round activity, for everything from sunbathing to fun sports.

Barcelona is renowned for being a fantastic summer destination. Breathtaking beaches, architectural wonders, and plethora of outdoor adventure possibilities. Whether you’re seeking sun-soaked relaxation, water sports and adventures, or a taste of local culture; these eight beaches showcase the best of Barcelona’s coastal beauty and Mediterranean charm.


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Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta beach is the city’s oldest and most acclaimed hotspot for playing sports, hanging out with friends, or simply relaxing all year round. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the bustling boardwalk lined with bars, restaurants, and energetic beach clubs; which creates a lively atmosphere day and night. The pristine sand and crystal-clear blue waters are perfect for a refreshing dip.

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Sant Sebastià Beach

Stretching from the W Barcelona Hotel to Barceloneta, Sant Sebastià beach is one of Barcelona’s oldest and longest beaches. Its picturesque setting against the backdrop of the city’s skyline and historic landmarks makes it a favorite among photographers and sightseers. Travelers can expect lots of people traffic here during high season, but can find amenities such as showers and lockers.

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Playa de Bogatell

A short stroll from Nova Icaria is Bogatell beach, favored by locals for its cleanliness and azure waters, making it perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Just like Barceloneta, Bogatell also features an extensive boardwalk lined with palm trees, offering a relaxing ambiance for leisurely walks or cycling. Visitors can take advantage of the two ping-pong tables, football pitch, and volleyball court available.

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Platja de la Mar Bella

Mar Bella beach is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, famed for its energetic atmosphere. This location is divided into sections, one area designated as clothing optional, attracting a diverse crowd of locals and tourists. Mar Bella is a hotspot for water sports such as kite surfing and paddleboarding, thanks to its consistent sea breeze and favorable conditions. Travelers can also practice their basketball skills, skate at its skateboard rink, or play a game of ping-pong.

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Llevant Beach

Llevant beach is located a short walk from the Diagonal Mar mall. Its long stretch of golden sand and calm waters make it a favored destination for families and sunbathers seeking tranquility. Llevant is well-equipped with facilities such as showers, sun loungers and parasols to ensure a comfortable beach experience for visitors. There is also a wheelchair-accessible entrance and is pet-friendly. Click here to discover more of Barcelona’s best malls.

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Somorrostro Beach

Somorrostro beach offers a sunny blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Situated between Barceloneta and the Port Olímpic, this beach encompasses fewer crowds compared to its neighboring counterparts. Visitors can also admire the sculptures dotted along the promenade, paying homage to the neighborhood’s rich history. Barceloneta Park is a short walk away and there are numerous playgrounds onsite, making this location great for families.

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Nova Icària Beach

Situated adjacent to the Port Olímpic, Nova Icària beach offers a more relaxed ambiance compared to its neighboring Barceloneta. With less congestion, it’s an ideal spot for families and those seeking a quieter beach experience. Additionally, water sports enthusiasts can partake in activities such as windsurfing and kayaking, making Nova Icaria a versatile destination for all. SEE MORE: 15 Of The Best Things To Do In Barcelona.

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Platja de la Nova Mar Bella

Nestled between Mar Bella and Llevant, Nova Mar Bella beach offers a serene retreat away from the city’s bustle. Its spotless sands and clear waters make it an idyllic spot for relaxation and swimming. The beach is renowned for its accessibility, ensuring that everyone can enjoy Barcelona’s coastal beauty. Nova Mar Bella also features a designated area for beach sports, where visitors can engage in football, tennis, and other activities.

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Natalia Guerra

Contributing Editor

Natalia Guerra was born in Miami and comes from a Cuban background. Aside from her passion for travel writing and culinary arts, she also loves to step out of her comfort zone to live life to the fullest. Her lifestyle is being a digital nomad, working remotely as she travels the world one city at a time. Her favorite country has been Spain for its beautiful architecture and food, which reminds her of her Cuban culture.

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