Barcelona's Best Beaches

It’s summertime again and the living is blissfully easy, although isn’t it always in sunny Spain? But all the more so now that it’s hot and the seaside sangria season has kicked in. For those that aren’t flitting off to the paradisiacal Mediterranean islands, there is still plenty of sandy fun to be had on the Catalan beachfront. Below, our pick of Barcelona’s best beaches.

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Photo by kodakhrome

For Social Butterflies

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Photo by galdo trouchky

The classic spot for people watching, dancing, mingling and overall socializing is the Barceloneta, and has been for years. Bogatell Beach is another option for young crowds looking for fun and showing off trends. If you like long lonely strolls on deserted patches of sand, these are definitely not the go to spots for you. However, if you like quirky, colorful, vibrant and lively atmospheres, you’re bound to have some fun and plenty of photo ops at these popular Barcelona beaches

In the Buff

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Nude beaches are quite common in Spain, so if you’re worried about tan lines, or simply like the feel of nature on your exposed bottom, then Playa La Mar Bella is the go to spot in the city and is nearby the Poblenou subway line. It has wifi, kiosks, and plenty of water sport activities as well.

Another option is to head out to Sitges, a lovely small town just 40 minutes away from the city center by train. Stop by Cala Els Balmins, or Playa Roses/ La desenrocada (which you have to walk a kilometer to get to). You might even catch a full moon beach party in if the time of the month is right and you're lucky.

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Photo by Joan Grífols


Sitges is also one of Spain’s most welcome spots for the LGBT community. Head to the most popular gay beach, Playa de la Bassa Rodona, or to the also nudist, slightly less populated and more secluded Playa del Muerto, which is a bit further away from the Sitges center.

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Photo by John H

Off the Beaten Path

Callafrugell and LLafranc were famous vacation spots for film stars and artists that used to go there for the pristine beach life. These Catalan coastal gems are two hours south of Barcelona city by car, and there are also buses that you can take. More information here. 

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Photo by FèlixGP