Work on your holiday tan by heading to one of the nearby Barcelona beaches. The main district is Barceloneta. This neighbourhood is known for its roots in the fishing industry, but it’s also where you’ll find the longest stretch of golden sand. Locals have sun loungers and beach umbrellas for hire at popular spots like Sant Sebastia and Sant Miquel.
While Barcelona’s beaches are mainly famed for their proximity to the city, they’re also renowned for their liberalism towards nudists. Today, this practice is largely confined to La Mar Bella Beach, but it’s worth checking a beach’s nudist policy in advance if you want to avoid unplanned sightseeing.
Soak up some sun on Barcelona’s longest stretch of sand by heading to Sant Sebastia Beach. Just over a kilometre long, Sant Sebastia is also one of the city’s oldest beaches. Originally, its golden sands were reserved for Barcelona’s upper classes. Today, it welcomes all locals and visitors. Get there by heading to the La Barceloneta neighbourhood using the Metro’s Yellow Line.
Sant Miquel Beach may be small, but its proximity to the heart of the city means it’s one of the most popular. It’s also Barcelona’s oldest beach, having been established in 1755. Pull up a sun lounger and enjoy a spot of people-watching before cooling off in the sea. The beach has changing facilities and lifeguard watch, so there’s no reason not to enjoy a dip.
Just 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre and located in the fishing quarter of the same name, you’ll find Barceloneta Beach. This is one of the region’s most loved beaches, so it gets quite busy during the height of summer. Escape the sun by heading to one of the nearby beach bars.
If you’re looking for an exotic beach experience then head to La Mar Bella. Here you’ll find plenty of trendy young beachgoers enjoying sports and sun lounging, as well as the city’s nudist beach. Go to La Mar Bella with an open mind to make the most of it. From here you can take sailing trips along the coastline and hop on catamaran excursions.
Banys Forum isn’t a beach as such (there’s no sand here) but it is an enclosed seawater swimming area. Often a lot quieter than many of the nearby city beaches, a trip here is the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing ocean swim without the worry of waves or boats. Get here by taking the Metro to Maresme-Forum Station.