The closest beach from the city centre is Barceloneta (metro: Barceloneta). Nice to walk from the Olympic Port and the Golden Whale to the cableway going to Montjuic. It might be very packed during summer and maybe less enjoyable but in winter it is a nice place to stroll or have a sandwich before going to Montjuic in the afternoon.
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.
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!
if you come to Barcelona during summer time and you have time enough,then you have to go to one of Barcelona's beaches.This picture was taken at San Sebastiá Beach, also called "La Barceloneta"just behid the Port Vell area,also here you'll find some nice and expensive restaurants with specialities in fresh fish and seafood!.
Barcelona is on the Mediteranean coast and has some nice sandy beaches. One of them is the Barceloneta. It implies 'Small Barcelona' and it was a fishing village once but now forms one of the worlds most crowded beaches. When I visited the beach there must have been some 5000 people in the small stretch of the beach, but nevertheless, it is worth visiting. The metro station is Barceloneta but it is quite a walk from there, so if you are visiting alone or don't know which way to walk, just follow the crowd getting out from the metro station. I was advised to do so and i advise that too.
Barceloneta is not the most beautiful beach you will ever see, but you will be able to swim, partake in great people watching and enjoy your time. Be warned though that this beach is very crowded, so you might prefer to go further down on the bus towards Icaria.
The weather is beach ready from mid May until the beginning of September.
Maybe not the most picturesque beach in the world, but how lovely to be able to take a swim, a slow and lazy picnic, or just a nap in the sea-breeze after seightseeing and shopping. For lunch you can also visit one of the many great sea food restaurants serving fresh fish of the day. Just follow the smell. Mmmm…
Barceloneta Beach is the closest beach to Barcelona city centre and can get busy during summer months. I´ve heard that Icaria Beach, the next beach along from Barceloneta, is calmer. For Icaria beach go to Metro Ciutadella Vila Olimpica (Yellow Line, L4).
BARCELONA HAS BEACHES!!!!!! This city has it all!!!!!
Barceloneta is very close to Las Ramblas, maybe only about 15 mins away by foot. There are lots of good restaurants by the port, then further along there is one of Barcelona's beaches! It is a good sandy city beach with lots of places to stop off for refreshments along the seafront.
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.
Barcelona, being on the Mediteranean coast,. has some lovely sandy beaches that are well worth a visit on a sunny day. I spent a happy hour or two just chilling out sitting on Barceloneta beach, one of the first you come across heading towards Port Olympic. It was fairly busy when I was there but the further up the coast you go, the quieter it will probably be as you get away from the main touristy areas.
Barcelona is the capital of modernism, one place of the 20 century avantgarde art movement and one of the best examples of modern urban planning. Many sights are sometimes shocking, by rejecting the traditional architectural conventions. But the city does not show its modernist buildings only: the old street lights, balcony, and many other elements enhance the amazing atmosphere. Of course, in the old Barri Gothic you can get acquainted with the maze-like quarter, walking the narrow streets, and - although the nearby Costa Brava beaches are much nicer - the sandy beach of Barceloneta is also worth to visit.
Situated in the marina area of Port Olimpic, Mapfre Tower and and its twin the Hotel Arts (owned by the Ritz Carlton group) were constructed for the 1992 Olympic Games. They are part of the reconstruction of the city for that occasion. With their 154 meters they are Spain's seventh tallest buildings. They are a very good landmark to find your location.
Beside the twin towers there is a huge sculpture named D'Or Peix - Goldfish.
The old electricity plant of La Canadenca (the Canadian) remind us of Barcelona’s industrial past; the three brick chimneys offer an excellent example of the industrial architecture of the past centuries.
The beach is really long and lined with palm trees. The area behind Port Olimpic is dominated by Barcelona's two tallest skyscrapers - one is the luxury Hotel Arts Barcelona and the other is an office block. Here you can also find the giant copper sculpture Peix (Fish) by Frank Ghery.
This is the beach at Santa Susanna. This is a beautiful beach made from the cleanest sand with no rubbish. The mediteranean sea here was also crystal clear. This was a great beach for collecting shells. I took home a big bag of exotic shells which remind me of the beach.
The port area, head east for some outstanding man made beaches all of which have european blue flag awards.
Any of the outstanding buildings by Gaudi.
Montjuic park and the olympic complex,get there on the excellent funicular and cable car system.
The aquarium (in the port complex)
The Segrada familia, i know its by Gaudi and i've already mentioned him but this is the city's outstanding feature, when you climb one of the 120m spires you'll get the best views possible.
The Market de San Josep just off the Rambla,the best fish, fruit and vegetables you'l ever see.Even if you aren't shopping it is worth a visit.
The Rambla, all human life is here.
This is in my eyes another great thing of Barcelona. So close to the city center begin the beaches already. From plaza catalunya you walk only less than half an hour to get to the beach of "La Barceloneta". Several other beaches are north and south of the city. These are sand beaches, although this sand is not really the nicest one, it?s good enough to have a nice rest and enjoy the sun. The first day I have been there it was a bit too windy (good for the surfers) to stay too long, but 3 days later (begin of april) it was really hot and few windy.
Enjoying the sun suddenly some chinese women and girls where seen on the beach offering back massages...so, after a while of observing it I couldnt resist to try this out as well. For 5 Euro I got quite a fine back massage, for 5 Euro more she wwould have gone on with head and arms. Back was enough for me, as it wasn?t either that comfortable lying on the sand while the girl almost walked on my back ...;-))) ... after that I had to be a bit more careful with the sun, as she used pure oil for the massage.... some sunlovers would save their sunoil that way, for me it was good enough to turn around to lie back on my back :-D