Kids in Barcelona - Beaches

Barcelona offers a vast stretch of coastline that comes as a surprise to some first-time visitors. From Barceloneta and the Marina of Port Vell to the Diagonal Mar area,  the beaches run virtually uninterrupted.

For a choice of restaurants and cafés, head into the Port Vell Marina area in Barceloneta or to the Port Olimpic area where you can take the steps down by the bronze fish statue for beach front dining or further along past the towers to the Marina area for a range of seafood and other restaurants.

You can typically enjoy the Barcelona beaches from March to October and sometimes even as late as November you might see sunbathers. Either way, the promenade is great for a family stroll at any time of the year.

A Choice of Beaches

Although the tendency for many tourists is to head to Barceloneta which is closest to the city centre, the beaches stretch for several kilometres along the Barcelona coastline and each has its own distinct characteristics. Nova Icària and Bogatell Beach are those closest to the Port Olimpic area with its small marina, choice of bars, shops and restaurants. There is also a climbing frame on the sand for kids here plus a somewhat dated but still popular outdoor fitness area.

If you are looking for somewhere a little quieter then head to the beaches of Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella further to the East. Although still busy in the summer, you can also enjoy the grassland in the park just up from the beach which has plenty of space for picnics and a children's playground at the bottom of the Rambla del Poblenou. One of the nicest offerings of the city beaches are the Chiringuitos, the beachside cafes that open throughout the daytime and evening for light meals and drinks and relaxing music.

Heading even further east along the shoreline, it can come as a surprise to discover a natural seawater swimming pool built as part of the Parc del Forum.  An area of sea is sectioned off where you can dive and bathe during the summer months.

Biblioplatges

A beach lending service is provided by the Centre de la Platja (seaside at Hospital del Mar, 3rd July – 30th September). As well as offering kite flyiing courses and boat trips, the centre lends out spades, buckets, petanque sets and other beach equipment that you may have left at home.

The Biblioplatges operate at two locations during the summer months and loan 350 titles, children's books,  as well as newspapers and magazines in English and other languages. Open at Mar Bella Beach at the Espigó de Bac de Roda (3rd July – 31st August) and Barceloneta Beach at the Centre de La Platja from 11am to 7pm. 

  • Sant Sebastia & Barceloneta Beaches
  • Nova Icaria & Bogatell Beaches
  • Mar Bella Beach
  • Nova Mar Bella Beach
  • Llevant Beach
  • Parc Forum Bathing Area


These 2 beaches combined are the longest at 1.1km and are also probably the most visited by tourists as they are the closest to the city centre.They are easily accessible from the Ciutat Vella area by either bus or metro.

There is a children’s play area with climbing frame and a the Centre de la Platja on the beach front opposite the Hospital del Mar with information and book lending during the summer.

Getting there: Metro Barceloneta (then walk along Pg. Joan de Borbo (Roads leading left from here will take you to the beach front)
Buses: 57, 157, 64, 36, 59, 14, 16, 17, 39, 40, 45, 51


Lying further East, these wider beaches stretch along 1km of coast line. With a choice There a choice of fashionable restaurants along the beach front itself (in front of the Arts hotel) and other options alongside the Port Olimpic marina.

Getting there: Metro Ciutadella-Vila Olimpica
Buses: 6, 36, 41, 141, 92


With some 500m long stretch of sand, this beach takes you even further to the East of the city’s coastline. A younger more beautiful crowd of bathers tend to congregate here and a designated nudist beach is partially hidden from view. There is a children’s play area on the beach and also if you cross over to the roadside park you will find grass, shade and a children’s playground at the bottom of the Rambla del Poblenou. You can take a stroll up the Rambla of Poblenou for a choice of local restaurants, terraces, cafes and ice cream shops.

Getting there: Metro Poblenou or Selva de Mar (both a few blocks up from the beach)
Buses: 36, 71, 41 (closest stop to beach)

 

This is the beach furthest East on the Barcelona coastline and is close to the city’s Diagonal Mar shopping centre and the Barcelona Forum.  It is possibly the quietest beach as it is located near the residential district of Diagonal Mar.

Getting there: Metro Selva de Mar or El Maresme (both a few blocks up from the beach)
Buses: 36, 43, 41

 

Newly created in 2006, this stretch of beach is 380m long and located by the residential district of Diagonal Mar.  Barcelona's future Marine Zoo will be located here.

Getting there: Metro Selva de Mar
Buses: 7, 36, 41, 141
Tram: T4 Selva de Mar or El Maresme

 

If you venture out to the Parc Forum, you can enjoy a natural seawater swimming pool.  The sea has been sectioned off to create a shallow bathing  swimming area which is open to the public from May until October.

Getting there: Metro El Maresme/Fòrum.
Bus: 7, 36, 41 and 141
Tram (T4), Selva de Mar or El Maresme.

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