5 Best Beach Bars in Barcelona
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Where to sip cocktails in Barcelona by the Mediterranean sea
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- 09 September 2019
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Yellow sand, turquoise water and colourful cocktails under the sun. Barcelona’s beach bars are some of the best in Europe. Heading to the city of sunshine? These seaside ‘chiringuitos’ are open all year round so whether you’re fresh out of the ocean in the height of summer or wrapped in a jumper during the winter, there’s always a chance for a little beachy relaxation. Sip your mojito amongst the coolest crowds in Barcelona, and when the sun sets, get ready for some of the best parties in the city. There’s nothing like a night out at a chiringuito especially in the Catalan capital, so check out these 5 amazing beach bars in Barcelona for your next trip…
Right at the top of Bogatell Beach you’ll find one of our favourite spots in Barcelona with stunning sea views, some of the tastiest cocktails in the city and super chilled out vibes that could keep you there all day long. The cool, beachy decor and delicious food menu makes it ideal for relaxing in the day, but the second it hits sundown Bambu turns into an unreal night out, especially in the summer.
It might be a little further along the coast than other chiringuitos in Barcelona, but by bike it’s still only 20 minutes and completely worth the trip out of the city centre. Their signature and classic cocktails are all insanely delicious, just be warned that they come with the usual beach bar price tags, so they’re not the cheapest!
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Xiringuito Escriba is another buzzing spot by Bogatell beach. While they still rustle up some amazing cocktails, here, it’s more about the food – paella to be precise! The family run beach side restaurant prides itself on their recipe, so if you’re after somewhere in Barcelona to eat paella with a sea view, make this your first port of call. Just popping in for a drink? Do your best to grab a table at the front, order a carafe of their homemade sangria – red, white or cava – and enjoy it along with some amazing views over the Med.
Make sure you book a table in advance if you’re going for dinner, and weekend lunchtimes get pretty packed out, too.
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La Deliciosa is as delicious as it sounds, and it’s smack bang in the middle of Barceloneta beach, the closest beach to the city centre. Lie back in a hammock with a cocktail in hand, and soak in the buzzing beachside atmosphere that La Deliciosa is famous for. Sink your toes into the sand and look out over the ocean, where you’re just a few metres from the shore.
The bar is pretty much entirely made out of second hand, recycled items, giving it the charming, vintage look that makes it so inviting. Get there for a morning coffee by the sea, or join excitable sun-seeking crowds for cocktails in the afternoon with a few tapas dishes.
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Another to add to the Bogatell Beach bar crawl, Vai Moana is like a tropical getaway. The tiki-style bar was designed with Easter Island in mind – the Polynesian island even inspired part of the food menu. Get there in the day to make the most of the little beach hut bar in the sunshine and sip on a strawberry daiquiri from one of their deck chairs on the sand.
Hungry? Order a few of their delicious tapas dishes, or opt for something more exotic like a Hawaiian poke bowl for a healthy lunch. The food and drinks aren’t the cheapest here, but it’s oh so worth the splurge for a refreshing drink while watching the tide come in.
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Spend a few hours on a sunny day soaking up the atmosphere at Jefferson on the beach. In the day, the place gets packed with locals and tourists enjoying a freshly shaken cocktail, and at night the music turns up and it gets the atmosphere even more buzzing. From Jefferson, you’ll get incredible views over the beach and the Mediterranean sea, and some of the friendliest service on the beaches of Barcelona. Word on the street is they do one of the best mojitos in the city, but their sangria is also to die for.
Take a stroll along the beach, ending up at Jefferson for a drink and a bite to eat, or sunbathe on the sand nearby, heading up to the bar for a break from the sun and a refreshing cocktail.
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The 5 best bars along the beach in Barcelona
1) El Pacífico
The closer to the water, the more expensive bars and restaurants tend to get, and unfortunately, they aren’t always worth it. A general rule to follow in Barcelona: stay closer to the Barceloneta streets than to the waterfront. Try El Pacífico for instance: it has a beach view, a stark, pleasant interior, and good wine and cocktails.
Carrer de la Vila Joiosa 52
+34 (0)93 225 71 64
2) Guingueta Proa a la Mar
This bar is a social project that seeks to strengthen the community. It isn’t right by the beach, but across the street from it (on the Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta), which means that not only does it have a great sea view, it is also much more likely to have some free tables than the more touristy places. Try a sandwich: they’re quite creative here.
Plaça Charles Darwin
http://placomunitari barceloneta.org/ guinguetaproalamar
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You could say the Barcelona waterfront extends between the W Hotel in the south, and the Forùm in the north: circa 7 kilometres of beach. But keep walking north, just a little bit further, across the river Besòs (yes, Barcelona has a river), and you will be rewarded by L’Estupendu, a beach bar with fine food at budget-friendly prices. Don’t let the shabby façade scare you away: we’ve decided to call it ‘charming’.
C/ Eduard Maristany 75
+34 (0)93 384 83 64
4) Vaso De Oro
Five minutes away from the beach, you’ll find this pleasant little bar, renowned for its beers. They also serve no-nonsense classic tapas. It’s brown and lively and will make you want to stay a bit longer.
Carrer de Balboa 6
+34 (0)93 319 30 98
5) Camping Mar
A waterfront restaurant that attracts locals: just the thing you were looking for. The menu is typically Catalan, with black squid rice, or a rice dish with butifarra (pork sausage), and of course pan con tomate. A nice and airy space, with a view of the marina and right next to the W Hotel.
Passeig Joan de Borbó 103
+34 (0)93 408 89 01
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Beaches in Barcelona Spain
|Famous hotel W, which looks like a giant sail against the blue sky|
This page contains photos and information about the golden sandy beaches of Barcelona. 10 minutes from the center there are 4 main golden sandy beaches, with a total length of 4.2 km.
Interactive map of Barcelona beaches. Click the icon for the desired beach to get detailed information about it.
Beach Banys del Furum
Beach Nova Mar Bella
Beach Mar Bella
Beach Nova Icaria
Beach Sant Miquel
Beach Sant Sebastià
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Parking lot BSM Plaça FÃ²rum
Arc de Triomf Metro
Parking BSM Moll de la Fusta
Jaume I Metro
El Maresme Forum Metro
Selva de Mar Metro
Parking lot BSM García FÃ ria
Parking BSM Bilbao Llull
Parking BSM Litoral Port
Parking BSM Marina Port
Parking BSM Wellington – Zoo
Ciutadella – Vila Olimpica Metro
Parking BSM Biomèdic
Parking BSM Hospital del Mar
Parking COPARK Plaza del Mar
Parking SABA BAMSA Barceloneta Center
Below is a brief description of the beaches, in order of increasing distance from the center.
1) Barceloneta Beach
Barceloneta is the first of Barcelona’s beaches and can get quite crowded during the summer months. This photo of Barceloneta beach was taken on October 3rd and the sun is still shining! But this is not always the case. Sometimes it is overcast and even raining – as lucky.
|Bar on the Barceloneta beach.|
Directions to Barceloneta beach
Metro Barceloneta (Yellow Line, L4)
After exiting the metro, turn right and cross the road, continue straight along Passeig de Joan de Borbo for 10 minutes. You will see the marinas on the right.
Tourist bus stop Barcelona Bus Turistic
If you take the Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus, the closest stop to Barceloneta is Barceloneta
Public transport – bus
Passeig Marítim / Almirall Cervera: 45, 59, D20
Car park near Barceloneta
In addition to swimming, there is much more to do on the beach. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular. You can also enjoy refreshing drinks at one of the many beach bars. Or if you just want to relax – lie down and soak up the warmth of the Spanish sun with a good book in hand.
|Sailing and swimming are popular activities on the beach|
|This leaning monument is called Homenatge a la Barceloneta|
In Barcelona you can’t escape the interesting architecture, even on the beach! However, the architect of this building must have been drunk when he made this project.
The fastest way to get to Barceloneta beach is by metro yellow line. Get off at Barceloneta station.
Alternatively, you can walk to Barceloneta from the city centre. From the end of La Rambla, this walk takes about 20 minutes.
|At the beach restaurant you can sit back and relax, have something to eat and a refreshing drink.|
If you decide to go on foot, you will find charming views along the way. You will see “Monument a Colom” a monument to the great explorer Christopher Columbus. A little further on is Port Vell de Barcelona, a picturesque port with great views of the sea and marina.
If you want more privacy during the peak season, then you should consider visiting other beaches from the list below.
Photo guide of Barceloneta – the most visited and popular of Barcelona’s beaches.
2) Icària beach
Driving directions to Icària beach
Metro Ciutadella Vila Olimpica (Yellow Line, L4). After leaving the subway, turn right and go towards the twin towers. 10 minutes walk from the subway. Check out our photo guide to Icària Beach.
Tourist bus stop Barcelona Bus Turistic
If you take the Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus, the closest stop to Icària Beach is Barceloneta
Public transport – bus
Avinguda Icària / Joan Miró: 36, 59, 92, h26, V27
Parking near the beach Icària
|Frank Gehry’s fish marks the end of Barceloneta beach and the beginning of Icària beach.|
Barcelona beach accommodation
Beachfront hotels are expensive because it’s the best land and there’s a lot of competition for space. However, you have several options:
1) Try renting an apartment instead of staying in a hotel. You will find that in the same place the prices are lower than hotel prices and you will have all the modern comforts of home. Read our guide to rental housing.
2) There is a moderately priced hotel near the beach, but it is located 20 minutes by metro from the center of Barcelona, this is the Hotel Front Maritim. Follow the link to read a guest’s review of the hotel:
Overview of the Hotel Front Maritim, located on the beach of Barcelona
3) You can stay in the best five-star hotel – Hotel Arts Barcelona
Overview of the beach hotel in Barcelona Barcelona Arts.
4) Take a look at our article on Barcelona beach hotels with links to Barcelona beach hotels
3) Mar Bella Beach (Marbella Beach): (nudist beach)
|Views from the beach Marbella|
How to get to the beach Mar Bella
Metro Poblenou (Yellow Line, L4). From Poblenou metro station to Bella beach is a 20-minute walk. Although unofficially, this is a nudist beach, many ordinary people come here.
Barcelona Bus Turistic stop
If you take the Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus, the closest stop to Mar Bella Beach is Barceloneta
Public Transport – Bus
Passeig Calvell / Rambla del Poblenou: h26, V27
Parking near the beach of Mar Bella, next to the Forum building
Take a map with you as there are no signs to Mar Bella beach from the metro station.
4) Sitges beaches (Sitges)
This beach is outside of Barcelona and you will need to take the train from Sants Station. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
All Barcelona beaches are clean and well looked after. The sea is clean and nice to swim in.
Barcelona beaches. Coast of Barcelona
Barcelona – attracts, first of all, with its diverse and numerous attractions.
However, there are beaches within the city, because the capital of Catalonia is located on the coast of the Mediterranean (Balearic) Sea. Barcelona’s beaches may not be the best, but nonetheless, the city has a great opportunity to combine walking and sightseeing with a beach holiday. And outside the beach season, a walk along the embankments along the line of beaches can be a great addition to your vacation.
There are 10 beaches within Barcelona, many of which have been awarded the Blue Flag, a sign of the safety and quality of beaches and sea water.
All 10 Barcelona beaches stretch in a long strip along the east coast of the city, starting from the eastern part of the port of Barcelona.
All beaches are quite wide and sandy. The sand is fine and pleasant to the touch. The color of the sand is from light gray to pale golden. The beaches are regularly cleaned, the sand is leveled. Before the start of each beach season, the beaches are preparing for the flow of tourists: they update the infrastructure, repair what needs repair, check the operation of showers and toilets, deliver and add sand.
Along all the beaches there is a beautiful promenade, well equipped and suitable for relaxing, walking and practicing some sports. And the beaches themselves have all the necessary infrastructure: sun loungers and parasols, wooden decks and urns, toilets and showers, rescue towers, information and medical centers, beach cafes and bars. Also, on most beaches, there are children’s play areas, places for beach football and volleyball, and bicycle parking.
All Barcelona beaches are municipal, which means they are absolutely free. You will have to pay, unless you wish, for renting sun loungers and parasols, as well as beach water activities.
Sant Sebastia beach
Sant Sebastia beach (Platja de Sant Sebastià / Sant Sebastia beach) is the westernmost beach of Barcelona, besides it is one of the oldest and most popular beaches in the center of Barcelona.
The beach originates from the eastern entrance to the port and runs to Plaza del Mar.
This is the longest beach in the historic center of Barcelona, with a length of 660 meters and an average width of 55 meters.
Along the coast there is a promenade, where there are sports clubs with outdoor swimming pools, as well as bars and cafes.
Barcelona The highlight and hallmark of Sant Sebastia beach is the glass sail – the famous 5-star hotel W. This hotel has already become one of the symbols of Barcelona. It is he who marks the beginning of the beach strip and the Barceloneta area. The hotel offers views of Barcelona, the beaches and the Mediterranean Sea. It offers a spa, an infinity pool, restaurants, a rooftop bar with panoramic views and luxurious rooms. Link to Hotel W Barcelona…
Near the hotel there is an observation deck (Mirador Mediterráneo W), which offers views of part of the coast of Barcelona.
Sant Miguel Beach
Immediately after Sant Sebastia Beach, Platja de Sant Miquel / Sant Miquel beach follows a continuous beach strip.
The beach of Sant Miguel is also one of the oldest in the city, sandy, well equipped and wide. It has a length of about 420 meters and an average width of 48 meters. The beach stretches from Plaza del Mar to Almiral Cervera.
The promenade of Sant Miguel Beach is one of the busiest promenades in Barcelona.
Barcelona Beach / Barceloneta beach).
Until recently, this beach gave its name to the coastal strip between San Miguel beach and the Mall de Marina. When part of this section regained its original name – Somorrostro Beach – Barceloneta Beach became part of the beach strip between the breakwater and the aforementioned San Miguel Beach.
The length of the beach is 422 meters and its average width is 79 meters. This beach is also well equipped and very popular.
Along the beach there is a promenade – Paseo Maritimo street, along which, as always, cafes and restaurants.
Behind the Barceloneta beach, in a small area, between two piers, there is a sports ground.
Somorrostro beach (Platja de Somorrostro / Somorrostro beach) stretches from Espigo del Gaza to the Olympic port.
The length of the beach is 522 meters and the average width is 114 meters.
Along the beach, above the sea line, there is an abundance of cafes and restaurants, there are also nightclubs, entertainment venues and casinos Barcelona. Distinguishes this beach, and is also its main attraction, the sculpture “Golden Fish” – a symbol of the 1992 Olympics.
In the eastern part of the Somorrostro beach, on the “lower” promenade, restaurants lined up in an unextended row, where young people prefer to relax. Looks very picturesque.
There are two beautiful hotels near Somorrostro beach. It offers free Wi-Fi and 2 outdoor pools. The hotel’s spacious rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs and DVD players. The highlight of the hotel is that guests can relax on the roof with panoramic views of the city and the sea, where there is an outdoor swimming pool and a seasonal terrace with sun loungers. Link to hotel…
Arts Barcelona is a 5-star design hotel overlooking the beach and the Olympic Port. It features an outdoor pool and a spa with panoramic city views. The hotel also features contemporary art collections and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Link to the hotel…
All four of the above beaches in Barcelona are part of the Barceloneta area, they are located closest to the historical part of the city, where most of the attractions of Barcelona are concentrated, as well as supermarkets, markets and places for shopping.
No wonder that this part of the coast of Barcelona is the most promoted and popular, for the same reason, the beaches, especially in the high beach season, are very crowded.
If you decide to visit Barcelona during the beach season, thus combining walks around the city with a beach holiday, then the Barceloneta area will be the ideal place to stay. That’s right, within walking distance will be the beaches and the historic center of the city. All accommodation facilities in the Barceloneta area can be viewed and booked here
Behind the Somorrostro beach there is a small marina – Port Olímpic. Along the port there is a promenade with an abundance of various cafes and restaurants. A very lively and visited place on the coast of Barcelona.
Nova Icaria Beach
Platja de la Nova Icària / Nova Icaria beach originates just behind the Olympic Port.
Excellent beach – wide, with fine golden sand and very picturesque. It is also well equipped and is considered one of Barcelona’s beaches with the widest range of leisure facilities. In the eastern part of the beach there are: a children’s playground and a ping-pong table, and near the Olympic port there are several volleyball courts.
The beach has a length of about 415 meters and an average width of 81 meters. It stretched from the Olympic port to the Bogatell breakwater.
Bogatell or Bagatell Beach (Platja de Bogatell / Bogatell beach) – wide, sandy, equipped, with a beautiful promenade suitable for both walking and sports . .. well, and for sports … well, and for sports everything is as it should be … – a beautiful beach.
And, to be honest, it seems to us personally: if you came to Barcelona for one purpose – a beach holiday, then you should choose accommodation closer to the beaches located east along the coast from the Olympic Port. It is this beach strip that is more comfortable and calm, and therefore more suitable for a beach holiday. Closer to the center it is painfully noisy, crowded, and somehow dirtier.
Bogatell Beach is 702 meters long and 100 meters wide. The beach stretches from the Bogatell breakwater to the Mar Bella pier. The beach is also equipped with places for sports games.
Mar Bella Beach
Mar Bella beach (Platja de la Mar Bella / Mar Bella beach) follows immediately after the Bogatell beach and stretches from the Mar Bella pier to the Bac de Roda pier.
This is one of the beaches resulting from the urban redevelopment of the promenade carried out in anticipation of the Olympic Games 1992 years old
Wide, sandy, equipped, with a beautiful promenade. The length of the beach is 512 meters and the average width is 71 meters. Part of the beach is dedicated to a nudist beach.
Mar Bella Beach belongs to the area of Sant Martí and is mainly used by the residents of the area. In addition, there is not that abundance of cafes and restaurants on the beach promenade, this is a very calm place.
Near the beach there is a small sports ground, and on the beach itself there are several children’s play areas. In the western part of the beach there is a maritime center with facilities for water sports. 9Nova Mar Bella Beach
Nova Mar Bella Beach .
Nova Mar Bella beach is sandy and equipped, with a quiet promenade and places for beach sports.
The length of the beach is 420 meters and its average width is 87 meters. This beach, like the Mar Bella beach, is one of the beaches that arose as a result of the reconstruction of the Barcelona promenade before the Olympics. The beach also belongs to the area of Sant Marti and is mainly used by the inhabitants of this area. It is considered one of the quietest in the city.
Platja de Llevant / Llevant beach is the last and last beach in Barcelona.
This beach was completed only in 2006 and was the result of the demolition of the old pier.
The length of the beach is 375 meters and the average width is 74 meters. The beach is also well equipped and has a beach volleyball court.
During the summer season (June 1st to September 25th) Llevant Beach has a dedicated area for dogs.
Behind the Levant beach is the Forum Park (Parc del Forum) – a complex consisting of: playgrounds for sports games, rope rides, as well as places for walking, relaxing and swimming.
Forum bathing area
In the territory of the forum park there is an artificial bathing area Forum (Zona de banys del Fòrum / Forum bathing area). There is no sand in this place, the platform is concrete, and the descent into the sea is carried out by means of steps.
The Forum bathing area is 375 meters long and about 30 meters wide.
Compared to typical beaches, this is a rather unconventional swimming area, and you should be very careful when approaching the water. It is important to take note of warning signs and notices, as well as any announcements by security personnel. It is also forbidden to swim outside the safe areas marked with float lines.
Be aware that the area is home to a colony of sea urchins, so it is recommended to wear suitable swimming shoes to avoid injury to bathers.
This site is well equipped for people with disabilities and can be a good alternative to the usual beaches.
Behind the Forum park is the Port Forum, behind which is a small green area and the Platja del Forum beach of the same name, which already belongs to San Adrian de Besos
Barcelona beach season
High season is considered the period from May 26 to September 16.