I was here in november, at 9 am and the beaches wasn't crowded. You could see one or two joggers, a few people walking and a lot of cyclist goind by. But in my mind I could feel that during some warmer months in the year this is a wonderful place to spend som lazy days!
Though, walking along the beaches, looking at the morning sun, smelling the mediteranian sea, it makes you calm and is well worth the early hour walk!
Well, not really. Barcelona is on the Mediterranean, not the Atlantic Ocean, so the surf is really small. It is right on the beach, though. If you are hankering for some beach time, the Barcelona beaches are wide with lots of sand. Beach chairs are available along this public beach. Personally, I did not think the beach was the most appealing beach. I mean, it is clean enough...it just isn't as scenic as many beaches. However, if you want to spend some time at the beach, it will do in a pinch.
The beaches were created by the demolition of the old industrial waterfront for the '92 Olympics. While there are certainly nicer beaches in Spain, the area is lively and the promenade is a nice afternoon walk.
If you want to find the gay part of the beach head to the Platja de Sant Sebastia, which is on the right side of the beach far right of the beach (near the end). You will know when you hit the gay part, cute guys and nudists!
book your bike tour through Barcelona on freakin' cool beachcruisers. I thought I had seen a lot of Barcelona but these people from Cruising Barcelona show you sights of the city you would have never found. I was there with my boyfriend and two friends, and it was the highlight of the sunny weekend in Barcelona. It was a private tour for just the four of us, and all the extra tips we got were splendid. Oh this is really worth while. You can even mention what you would like to see and they will bring you there, these people from Cruising Bcn are bike messengers and know the city like nobody else. It was really a sweet ride across the city, something never to forget. Have fun in Barcelona. Eva, Bristol.
The golden sands of Barcelona Beach is a great way to relax after a big night on the Sangria. The water is deep blue and the sun normally very warm. The beach stretches on for quite a long way so you can be assured of a spot to drop your things.
Make sure of having someone watch your gear if you go for a swim as the beach is a prime spot for a bit of 'item grabbing'. There is normally little worry about violent crime around here with most problems coming from the pickpocket type of criminal.
Closest to the Olympic marina, and therefore always crowded, this wide swathe of rough golden sand is great for food goers. There are three spotless beach bars, two immensely popular restaurants on the promenade behind (Mango and Chiringuito de Moncho) and countless bars and restaurants off the Port Olímpic just a short stroll away.
This area is ever full of live,during day and night.You can just walk and sit close to the sea,or going for shops(there is a very good sport shop),or just eat something.There is a good restaurant(so has been told but i haven't tryed),but also McDonald.I spent my time here sitten watching the sea..it's also a very romantic place.As sayd it's ever full of people,but not sure if it's the best place of Barcellona late at night
The sandy beach goes from Puerto Viejo towards the north, passing Puerto Olimpico on the way. And the beach that is the closest to the city is Playa Barceloneta. Usually overcrowded but still a great thing to have a beach and the sea so close to the center. In May the water is still quite fresh but Tobiasz and I used to come here in the morning, before the crowds joined in, to have a breakfast and read a book. It was a great start of the day.
Barcelona has beaches. That's one thing I really love of living here. But these are city beaches, not especially charming, and even quite dirty and very crowded during summer. If you want to escape to the beach for a while, its easy to do it, and there are quite a few nice places not so far away.
For a daytrip, and just for beaching, you can go to places like San Pol de Mar, Caldes d'Estrach (North side, you can take the train at Plaça Catalunya) or Castelldefels (South, you may use Passeig de Gràcia station). Just a short train ride from Barcelona center, about 20 minutes.
If don't want to leave Barcelona, as a general rule, as closer to the city centre, more crowded. If you find too many people in Barceloneta beach... a short metro, bus or tram ride can take you to Nova Icaria, Mar Bella or Forum beaches.
HI it s my again so, about the beach a very good moment to take it easy and chill out.
So, pay attention of the sun because the sunshine is very strong,
Keep looking your suff as well, i mean when you are going to those beach like the BARCELONETA, VILLA OLIMPA, SABADELL, just be aware that people are stealing.
My tip is to keep walking up to the beach where there is less people like selva del mar,
it s quieter, anyone are selling beer, agua... every 10 second, there anyone who ask you if you would like a chinese massage for 10 euro.....etc etc..ttc (dedicace).
More over there is in this part of the Barcelona beach some bar, and during the week (on the summer time around july every thursday and sunday there is Huge party on the same beach SELVA DEL MAR.
Be aware as well that it s full of people and girls of course, a great moment !!!!!!
A few years ago when I was in Barcelona for the firts time, I went with some friend to the beach. Waves were really big and noone was swimming, but that didn't stop us. A few moments later we realised we should have just stayed on the beach as anyone else. The wave would turn us upside down, stick our heads in the sand (what a facelifting lol) and just when we would manage to reach the surface and get some air, anothe wave would come and it would start all over again. For some reason we couldn't get out of the sea, cos the wave would pull us back. Not sure for how long that lasted, but I remember there were no life guards and it was August. Luckily the worst that happened was - we lost our bikinis in the sea which made everyone on the beach quite happy :-)
I was in Barcelona in November and December, and we still thought the beaches were beautiful. If you are there during the winter months I recommend grabbing a scarf and gloves (the breeze can be cool) and going for a walk along the beach, then stopping at a beach-front patio for a glass of wine or hot chocolate!
My second visit to Barcelona was in August, and I spent several afternoons lying on the beach near Villa Olympica. The sea was moderately warm, the sun was bright, the sand was clean and I felt quite safe. There were lots of vendors walking up and down the beach selling bottled water, beer and soda. The crowds are amazing and yet everyone seems to mind their own business and respect one another. Bring your beach towel and some sunglasses!
Oh yeah, and note the giant goldfish statue in the picture. If you are looking for a V.O (version originale aka not dubbed) cinema, there is one called Icaria near the two big towers (metro Villa Olympica). The goldfish itself was designed by Frank Gehry and is 34 by 54 meters!
This is how La Barceloneta looked to me... it's some sort of small town-in-the-city, that is between Las Ramblas and the Olympic area and the beaches. Altough it's small and has no touristic appeal, you will be forced to walk into, and you will fall in love with the restaurants here, like "El Rey De La Gamba". This is the best place to try Paella and fresh fish!
In big cities, nice beach and clean sea is rare. Well, i think i can say that in Barcelona it is possible to enjoy a nice beach too.
You can even just walk along the sea and enjoy the seeing... just keep in mind that there're some kilometers to do :)