A beach beckons in Spain: Els Muntanyans beach, the last remaining large natural beach on the Catalan coast between the Llobregat Delta to the south of Barcelona and the Ebro Delta. Photo credit: Jorge Franganillo.
Lela wrote this guest post about exploring the best beaches in Barcelona. She is a world traveler who works as a writer for HostelBookers.
From the soaring spires of the Sagrada Familia to the bustling cobble-stoned streets of the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona is one of Spain’s most popular destinations.
Barcelona is well-known for its stunning coastline along the Mediterranean Sea. Boasting seven beaches with nearly three miles of sand, Barcelona is a fantasy land for tourists hoping to bask in the sun and splash in the sea. With so many sensational beaches to choose from, visitors are bound to enjoy their time spent at these beaches in this Spanish city.
Barcelona beaches. Photo credit: Wistula.
Located in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella, Sant Sebastià is one of the oldest and largest beaches in the city. Those looking for a more exclusive feel are bound to appreciate all that Sant Sebastià has to offer. Not only do tourists love spending time on the sand at Sant Sebastià, but this sensational beach is by far the most popular with those who call Barcelona home. This stunning stretch along the water has played an important role in the history of the city, and the beach remains one of the most iconic sites in Barcelona. Transport links with local buses and the metro make it easy and convenient for visitors.
Mar Bella Beach
For those looking to engage in a bit of water sport action, Mar Bella Beach is by far the best destination in Barcelona. Tourists and residents alike can choose from activities including kayaking and windsurfing. Mar Bella is also popular with those looking for the opportunity to disrobe, with a small nudist area giving visitors the chance to work on their full-body tan. The beach’s close proximity to the Poblenou metro station makes it easy to access, while neighborhood restaurants and cafes give visitors the chance to cool off and refresh after a long day in the water.
Stretching some 400 meters along the water, Nova Icària is a popular area for families and visitors looking to relax peacefully on the sand. Located directly across from the former Olympic Village, Nova Icària has plenty of game and recreational areas for both young children and adults alike. The beach is also accessible for the disabled, with various services provided by the local authorities. The neighborhood where the beach sits is also a destination in and of itself, with plenty of entertainment options to explore and fantastic restaurants.
Perhaps the busiest beach in all of Barcelona, La Barceloneta is centrally-located, which partly explains its popularity. This area of the city was largely redesigned for the Olympic Games in 1992, and it has since become a bustling beach where the action never stops. The beach and its surrounding area is dotted with seafood restaurants, giving visitors the chance to taste some of Barcelona’s finest dishes. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy on the beach, while surfers regularly hit the waves that crash off of La Barceloneta.
To enjoy the most of it, you would probably need a place to stay at a walking distance from the sand. You can find on the HostelBookers website a list of nice and affordable hotels close to the beach.