Your Guide To: Barceloneta Beach
Lively, full of fun and close to the city
This is the beach closest to the city centre. As the name suggests, it’s in the Barceloneta neighbourhood of the city.
This beach is for those who want a lively, buzzing atmosphere. Barceloneta Beach is almost always busy. The beach attracts a mixed crowd, from families to backpackers to business executives taking a long lunch.
There is plenty going on at this city beach – music, volleyball, impromptu beach parties. In summer, the sea is packed with people surfing, kiteboarding and enjoying other water sports.
As you walk along the shoreline, keep your eye out for some of the unusual sculpture that is characteristic of Barceloneta Beach. Ones to watch for include “Homenatge de Barcelona” by Rebecca Horn and Frank Gehry’s sparkling, gold “Peix” (fish) at Port Olímpic.
It takes roughly 30 minutes to walk from Barceloneta beach to the port, but it’s a scenic walk worth taking.
Your Guide To: Eating & Drinking
Port Olímpic offers a super selection of bars, restaurants and cafés to enjoy. The glitzy nightclubs here are perfect if you are making a beach-to-night transition.
As Barceloneta is the city’s premier fishing district, you also can’t go wrong with lunch at one of the many fantastic seafood restaurants along the Passeig de Joan de Borbo Comte de Barcelona.
If you’d prefer to keep it casual, you will find plenty of vendors selling tasty snacks on the beach itself.
In summer months, you can grab a refreshing cocktail at one of the chiringuitos (beach bars) dotted along Barceloneta Beach.
Your Guide To: Getting There
If you want to walk from the city centre, Barceloneta Beach is approximately 20 minutes from of La Rambla on foot.
Alternatively, the L4 yellow line metro will get you there in a jiffy (Barceloneta Metro Station).