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Barcelona’s best beaches:a guide to sun, sand and sea

The city of Barcelona is worldwide known for its architecture, art and museums but, as the days get warmer and warmer with the Summer season advancing, you’re likely thinking about spending a day at the beach.

Luckily, Barcelona is filled with magnificent beaches, expanding for over 4 kilometers of coastline, where you can have a relaxing and refreshing day.

If you’re looking for some of the best beaches in Barcelona, here’s a list of them!



Starting with the most popular one, Barceloneta Beach is the oldest waterfront in Barcelona. It gets its name from a traditional fishing quarter that used to be behind the beach that was later on removed for the Olympic Games in 1992.

Favorable for its central location and surrounded by many restaurants, cafes and bars, Barceloneta is a tourist favorite destination not only for a day at the beach but also for a simple walk or bike ride.

Another interesting aspect of this beach is its nearby market, the Barceloneta Market. Set in Plaça del Poeta Boscà, this historic market is filled with fresh and traditional products to try.



Considered to be one of the best beaches in Barcelona, Canet Beach is particularly beloved by locals for its large bathing areas and spacious beach, along with its clear water. Canet Beach is also surrounded by restaurants and bars, making it possible for you to try some of the best traditional Barcelona dishes, along with some public bathrooms with showers for you to go to once you’re done at the beach.



Expanding for over a mile, San Sebastià Beach is the closest beach to Barcelona’s city center and Gothic Quarter. Because of this, San Sebastià is quite a popular tourist site. Just like Barceloneta, it’s surrounded by restaurants and bars but also many different clubs, making it perfect for a fun day or night out with friends.



Located near the Olympic Village, Mar Bella Beach is a beloved destination for sportier people. This beach is in fact usually filled with surfers and, if you want to try something new, it also offers some surfing lessons for beginners, along with the possibility to rent canoes, paddle boards or kayaks, just make sure you reserve one in advance!


Located an hour's ride from Barcelona, Cala Bona Beach is one of the best places to go for a fun day in the sun. It consists of a cove surrounded by rocks on Costa Brava and it’s way less crowded than most beaches you’ll go to in Barcelona. Because of this, the quality of the water is way better, making it possible for you to enjoy a refreshing swim. 

If you’re worried about where to eat after a day in the sun, fear not! This area is surrounded by traditional restaurants. If you want to try something local, we suggest you get the lobster stew.



If you’re planning to spend a day at the beach in Barcelona, it definitely won’t be hard to find a great place to go. The beauty and freeing atmosphere that you will feel at these beaches will surely blow your mind! 

If you want to get to know more about Barcelona, check out our other blogs!

28th Jul 2023