Barcelona hosts a whopping 4.2 km of golden sandy beaches which are only ten minutes’ walk from the city centre. Each has its own advantages, so how do you choose the best beach to visit for you and your family? Here are a few ideas to help you decide.
Barceloneta is the closest to the city centre. It can be easily reached down the main tree lined avenue of Las Ramblas, once you reach the Christopher Columbus monument at the end of the avenue, a little further along is Port Vell with its many shops and restaurants and of course the Barcelona Aquarium. Barceloneta beach is packed with things to do for visitors, adults and children alike can enjoy the swimming, windsurfing and kitesurfing, plus there are plenty of wonderful beach cabanas and bars from which to enjoy a refreshing beverage underneath the warm Mediterranean sunshine.
Icària Beach starts where the Barceloneta ends, at the Frank Gehry Peix structure (the big fish sculpture on the seafront), again a wonderful stretch of beach with lots of exclusive hotels such as the Arts Hotel.
Mar Bella Beach
This is not for the faint hearted and not for children, it’s a nudist beach slightly outside the centre, although there are many people who don’t go nude, who just enjoy it the same as any other beach.
These are the main beaches in the city of Barcelona, if you prefer to venture further afield you have Sitges resort a little further down the coast which is a wonderful, fashionable tourist resort, 30 minutes by train from Barcelona Sants Station.