Barcelona contains one of the works’s most delightful and bustling beachfront areas, with more than three miles of beautiful, sandy coastline just miles from the historic district of this Catalan city. There are six main beache zones, each with its own atmosphere and personality. They range from the touristy, beach-bar laden sands of glamorous Barceloneta and Sant Miguel to the more family-friendly Nova Icarus and Bogatell to the more understated, laid back Mar Bella area, and even the clothing-optional beaches of Sant Sebastia. Barcelona’s beaches have something for everyone.
- Barcelona boasts three miles of golden sand tourist-beckoning beaches, usually infested with hawkers, no matter the time of year.
- A promenade runs along the waterfront and there are sand-sculptors, street performers and musical artists, vying for tourist attention and money.
- Mar Bella beach features two very distinct segments, one with a rope pyramid for kids, the other for those that wish to bathe nude.
“Walk from its namesake metro stop down Passeig Joan de Borbo, past the superyachts docked in the marina, and you’ll arrive at Sant Miguel. It won’t take long to notice the upbeat music playing among sunburned tourists who’ve spent a bit too much time flagging down vendors for watered-down mojitos.”