Barcelona's Most Exciting and Beautiful Beaches in and outside the City

People flock to Barcelona for its amazing beaches, some of which are in the city and others that lie on the outskirts. What's so great about this town, is that the beaches are so close to the city center, so you can easily visit a museum and then hop on down and take a dip in the sea. Depending on what you're looking for there is something for all tastes, even a few naked beaches for those who are bathing suit averse.

A few particular hot spots include in front of the W Hotel, where the water is a bit cleaner and where surfers tend to congregate in the early mornings, as well as a bit farther out beyond 'Gherry's fish', to beaches such as Bogatell and Marbella. These are only a short walk up the coast and often are less touristy and less crowded with excellent chiringuitos (beachside huts).

Regardless of where you go though, the best times of day to hit up the beaches is in the morning. Although you'll probably spend time with the 'golden oldies', the water is calm and clean and the beach is relatively empty. There's also great water sports to explore including paddle boarding and surfing as well as sea-dooing and jazz cruises. 

Outside the city
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One of Barcelona's most picturesque beaches, Ocata is a short train ride up the coast, towards the Costa Brava. It's main feature is its vast, wide open beach front with white sand and plenty of room to run around, tan or play a game of volley...  Read More

Outlying areas
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Take it off at Marbella Beach. For those wanting to go bask in the nude, this is the place to be. Only a few minutes drive, 15 minute bike ride or 25 minute walk from the main beaches in the city center, Marbella is an excellent alternative for...  Read More

Outlying areas
Bogatell Beach
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Just outside of the city center, Bogatell is a quieter, clean beach with some excellent chiringuitos (beachside restaurants) lining its shores. If you're looking for something slightly off the beaten path, yet want to remain within...  Read More

Outside the city
San Sebastion
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Just beside Barceloneta beach, lies Sant Sebastion beach. Closer to the W Hotel and still on the main strip of popular beachfronts, this is a great place to stroll, sun tan, swim and even do a bit surfing. Surfers tend to congregate in this...  Read More

Outside the city

One of the most beautiful beach towns on the Costa Brava, Calella Palafrugell (not to be mistaken for Calella) is a quaint, gorgeous town on the Mediterranean. Frequented by Catalans, especially during the summer, it's a vacation destination for...  Read More

Outside the city
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An absolute picturesque beach up the Costa Brava. Tamariu is about an hour and a half outside of Barcelona and it's worth the drive. With crystal clear water, this gorgeous seaside town is a perfect weekend getaway, or even a few day adventure...  Read More

Outlying areas
Nova Icaria
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Just outside the city center along the coast sits Nova Icaria. A great beach option if you're looking for a slightly less crowded beach, only a stones throw from Barceloneta neighborhood. Lined with new designer chiringuitos (beachside...  Read More

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Perhaps Barcelona's most popular beach, Barceloneta is the most central, and most bustling beach in town. Located right at the edge of Barceloneta neighborhood, lined with chiringuitos (beachside restaurants), lounge chairs and a host of people...  Read More

Outlying areas
Nova Marbella
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Nova Marbella is the more user friendly option in relation to its sister beach, Marbella. A family friendly beach, it's about a 15 minute walk from the main beaches, cleaner, less crowded and with a slightly wider coast line. This is a great...  Read More

Outside the city

Only 45 minutes outside the city, Tossa De Mar is one of the Costa Brava's hidden secrets. A mix of beach and history surrounds you as you're taken back to the Neolithic period when you enter the tiny Catalonian town. The beaches are pristine...  Read More


Meet Sam Mednick

Sam’s passion for the sea and the mountains makes Barcelona the optimal living destination. 

Sam's passion for traveling has taken her around the world including Fiji, Argentina, Lebanon,...  More About Sam

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