Barcelona, in Spain, boasts a number of beautiful beach locations to suit everyone, whether you’re looking simply for a place to relax or you want to indulge in watersports like kitesurfing or windsurfing. Here, we explore the best beaches in the Catalunya capital.
With more than 400m (1,300ft) of sandy beaches and sea, Nova Icaria is considered the most peaceful beach in Barcelona, so it’s a perfect choice for families or if you’re just looking to relax. Although quiet, the beach still has a range of great restaurants and bars, making it a popular destination for foodies as well as holidaymakers. One of Barcelona’s most diversely equipped beaches, Nova Icaria boasts a game area complete with a ping-pong table as well as volleyball courts, paying homage to its proximity to the Olympic Park.
Bogatell Beach, created as part of an urban planning scheme to rejuvenating the area, attracts slightly older beachgoers seeking a more relaxing experience, but still providing the opportunity to play ping-pong or volleyball. At 600m (2000ft) long, it is much smaller than the main touristy spots, but it’s clean and safe – and part of the scheme to incorporate beaches into green spaces, gardens and also neighbouring districts.
This beach is the closest to the eastern end of Barcelona and stretches for more than 1km (0.6mi), making it one of the longest beaches in Barcelona. Much like La Barceloneta, there’s a busy and lively vibe here for much of the year, and in particular in summer. You can play volleyball or, if you’re daring, take part in extreme sports. Its popularity also means there’s lots of dining options, making it a perfect place to spend the whole day.