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Best Beaches Around Barcelona

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In addition to having beautiful architecture and delicious food, Barcelona is a perfect destination for beach lovers. There are plenty of gorgeous beaches around Barcelona that I love to enjoy with my friends during the summer. Here are my 10 recommendations for the best beaches in and near the city.

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  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Playa de La Barceloneta

Beaches

chiringuito mataro beach

Bars & Clubs

Badalona Beach

Beaches

Nova Mar Bella Beach

Beaches

Blanes

Destinations

Platja de la Barra

Beaches

Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona

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Montgat Beach

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Port Masnou

Marinas

Playa El Milagro

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Matt K's City Tips

  • There are usually lots of beach bars around where you can get drinks and food. I recommend relaxing seaside with an ice-cold cocktail!
  • For a tip, just leave the change — this is typical when you're having a drink at a beach bar.
  • The easiest way to beach-hop around Barcelona is to take trains. It's cheap compared to renting a car, and way faster. Plus the train goes along the coast!
  • Stay healthy — always put on sunblock!
  • Don't wear beach clothes around the city — you are a complete tourist if you do, and locals don't like it! Plus, you can be fined for wearing swimming trunks in the city.
  • Bring your flip-flops!
  • Playa de La Barceloneta
    Beaches
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    Matt K Says:

    You can find Barcelona's city beach in the neighborhood of Barceloneta, the old fishing town. Here you can relax, play beach ball, and enjoy some cold beers at the beach bars.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • The beach bars here offer delicious, good quality food and drinks. I always get an ice-cold 'gin tonic' — highly recommended!
    • You can rent an electric bike to get around the area — pretty fun!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 864 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best beach ever 17/04/2019
    • Beautiful beaches 09/04/2019
    • Playa de La Barceloneta
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$9
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • chiringuito mataro beach
    Bars & Clubs
    Matt K Says:

    The biggest town north of Barcelona is the city of Mataro. Here you have a beautiful beach full of locals. But no worries, there's plenty of space for everyone! The beach bars offer delicious paella, completely local and reasonably priced. A great way to end your beach day, right?!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can catch the train to Mataro from the main square: Plaza Catalunya. It's about a 40-minute train ride along the coast.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 26 Nightlife in Mataro
    • Salicornia Chringuito 18/05/2018
    • Here I Found Peace 09/10/2016
    • chiringuito mataro beach
    Address:
    Paseig del Port
    08302 Mataro
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 661 39 89 49
  • Badalona Beach
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    Matt K Says:

    Badalona is one of my favorite beaches during the summer. Just hop on the train, and after a short 15-minute ride, you can hang out at Badalonas Beach with locals. I love it because there are plenty of families around, and the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • We usually bring board games and a frisbee — this is all you need to enjoy the day at the beach with friends.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in Badalona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Facilities on the beach for all 25/03/2019
    • Nice beach 09/02/2019
    • Badalona Beach
    Other:
  • Nova Mar Bella Beach
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    Matt K Says:

    This is Barcelona's nude beach. Here you can decide whether to take the sun without any clothing or keep your clothes on. The beach is located behind a green dune. And if you fancy trying some stand-up paddle surfing, you can get started here, in the calm waters of the sea.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The easiest way to get here is by metro. Just check the map to make sure you can find your way to the beach from the Poble Nou metro station, a 5-minute walk.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 864 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice beach 18/04/2019
    • Wonderful beach 13/03/2019
    • Nova Mar Bella Beach
    Address:
    Passeig de Garcia Faria
    08019 Barcelona
    Spain
  • Blanes
    Destinations
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    Matt K Says:

    This is the very first town you reach on the Costa Brava. The train takes about an hour and a half, but it's 100% worth it! The beach is wide, and you can even hike along the coast and discover some coves. So beautiful. Make sure you bring your camera, you will need it!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • When you arrive in Blanes by train, you can take a bus to the beach (about 5 minutes) or walk (15 minutes).
    • Don't miss out on visiting the city itself. You will fall in love with this small village, with its delicious and cheap tapas bars.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Blanes
  • Platja de la Barra
    Beaches
    Matt K Says:

    Famous for its film festivals and other events, the town of Sitges is a beautiful place to visit. Platja de la Barra is one of a number of small beaches around the wide main beachfront.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you visit Sitges itself as well. You can get pleasantly lost in the tiny old roads of this town.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 37 things to do in Sitges
    • Quieter and more gentle beach ! 24/09/2018
    • The smaller of the Sitges beaches... 21/03/2018
  • Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona
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    Matt K Says:

    At Castelldefels, you can relax on a wide, long beach with way less people than in Barcelona city proper. This is also the perfect spot for water sports such as kite surfing.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Bring your own water to stay hydrated on the beach. There are beach bars around, but fewer than in Barcelona city proper.
    • Always use sunblock to stay healthy! The wind will blow, and you won't feel how intense the sun is here.
    • You can get to Castelldelfels by train, right from the city center. It takes about 20 minutes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Castelldefels
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Massive Beautiful Beach 15/04/2019
    • Wonderful 02/04/2019
    • Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona
    Phone:
    +34 687 87 33 20
    Other:
  • Montgat Beach
    Beaches
    Matt K Says:

    Montgat is another great beach just 20 minutes north of Barcelona. It's a great place for water sports and beach sports. The train station is right in front of the beach, so you can't miss it!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are several places around that rent surfboards.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Montgat
    • Best beach near to Barcelona. 27/08/2018
    • The worst 04/08/2018
    • Montgat Beach
  • Port Masnou
    Marinas
    Matt K Says:

    Lots of 'chringuitos' (beach bars) with a great 'chill out' atmosphere. The perfect place for a cocktail at the beach. There are also numerous beach volleyball courts. Challenge accepted?

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • When you leave the train station, go a little further south or north — on both ends of the beach, you will find less people and more privacy.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #306 of 864 things to do in Barcelona
    • Port 06/03/2019
    • Yachts 11/07/2018
    • Port Masnou
    Address:
    Paseo Port Esportiu, S/N
    08016 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 935 40 30 00
    Other:
  • Playa El Milagro
    Beaches
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    Matt K Says:

    This stunning city in the south of Barcelona has its own beautiful beaches and several coves. Just choose the one with less people and relax! Bring your own food and drinks, as there are not many bars around.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Take the train from Plaza Catalunya to Tarragona city (about one hour). The train station is close to the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 88 things to do in Tarragona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Easy gem outside Barcelona 09/12/2018
    • Last Day at Taragona 01/08/2018
    • Playa El Milagro
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