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Beaches of Barcelona

Barcelona has nearly 5 km of beaches, offering every amenity for bathing and easily accessible by public transport. From the Barceloneta to the Forum Park you will find the following beaches: Sant Sebastià, Sant Miquel, Barceloneta, Somorrostro, Nova Icària, Bogatell, Mar Bella, Nova Mar Bella, Llevant and the Forum swimming area. Accessibility on the beaches: all Barcelona’s beaches have adapted toilets and wooden decking on the sand. The Sant Sebastià, Nova Icària and Nova Mar Bella beaches are staffed by attendants to help people with reduced mobility and a number of buoyancy aids are available for disabled swimmers.

Barcelona is a city open to the sea. The broad beaches of the Catalan capital, which extend for 4.5 km, are blessed with fine golden sand and shallow waters for bathing. They are never more than just a few minutes away from any point in the city, since they are easily reached by public transport or by bicycle. Equipped with all the necessary facilities and services, every year they are visited by around 7 million people.

They provide a perfect accompaniment to the cultural attractions of the city, and all-year-round they offer a never ending variety of activities: taking a stroll, passing away the hours on a terrace or in a restaurant, simply enjoying the view and the sun, having a bathe, playing some sport, riding a bicycle…..

Platja de la Barceloneta

The neighbourhood by the sea. This beach forms an integral part of the neighbourhood of the same name, La Barcaloneta the city’s classic neighbourhood by the sea where the people of Barcelona love to come and eat fish, seafood and “tapas”. Extending for nearly 1,100 metres, there are few beaches along the Catalan coast with more character. A traditional beach with a personality of its own. The pearl of Barcelona.

Platja de Sant Sebastià

Barcelona’s most emblematic beach. Together with La Barceloneta, Sant Sebastià is a beach with a long tradition within the city. It is the favourite of the locals, especially of the older age group. The sandy expanse of 1,100 metres offers a variety of leisure options, as well a a host of sea-based activities. The beach is also very popular with foreign visitors.

Platja de la Nova Icària

The family beach. Situated in the middle of the city’s coastline and 400 metres in length, this is the beach where people come to spend the longest period of time. It is rightly considered to be a very peaceful beach, and is a popular choice for families and groups of friends. Lying very close to the Port Olimpic, it is surrounded by a great variety of restaurants and bars, as well as the most comprehensive range of facilities for sports and other activities on the entire coastline.

Platja del Bogatell

La Platja ‘Olimpica’. Extending for nearly 400 metres, this is one of the beach that was created for the 1992 Olympic games, when Barcelona regained it’s seafront. It is particularly popular with the older generation. Together with Platja de la Nova Icària, it is one of the finest beaches inherited from the Olympic period.

Platja de la Mar Bella

The young people’s beach. This beach which runs for about half a kilometre, is a firm favourite with young people in particular, many of whom come here evry weekend when the weather is good. Mar Bella was created during the period when the city’s coastline was being redeveloped for the 1992 Olympic Games. It also has a nudist area.

Platja de la Nova Mar Bella

The women’s beach. Also created when the coastline received a facelift prior to the 1992 Olympic Games, La Nova Mar Bella, which extends for 500 metres, is very popular with women, who represent more than 60% of its users. Bathers, most of whom are young people, like the beach as it is quiet.

Platja de Llevant

The newest beach. 380 metres in length, this beach was created in 2006. This makes it the newest beach on the coastline of the Catalan capital. Situated next to La Nova Mar Bella, it offers the most essential service and facilities.

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