I’m pretty sure most of you know that I learned to like and love Barcelona as the most interesting and diverse city in Europe I know so far… and I know a few… Barcelona is a magnificent place to visit, and one of its main features are its beautiful beaches that go for miles along the coastal regions of Spain.
Along the Mediterranean Sea, you will be introduced to a plethora of beaches to venture upon. Each with its own distinct name and covering its own area of land. Barcelona is well known for its many beaches, which are so breathtakingly beautiful that you will be amazed. So travelling along the coast you will first come upon Sant Sebastia Beach, and if you continue further Baceloneta Beach, Port Olimpic, Nova Icaria Beach, Bogatell Beach, MarBella Beach, and finally Nova MarBella Beach. You could take a day of the week each to discover each special beach, and decide to spend the whole day in each location if you so wish.
The 1992 Olympics improved the beaches in Barcelona, especially the Port Olimpic, which is now well visited among the Barcelona beaches. The massive clean up operation of the beaches and the nearby marina and village which were undertaken at that time has created a beautifully restructured area, that is creating a lot of tourist attraction. Native Barcelonans as well as visitors from around the world are attracted to this redeveloped beach area. A lot of effort goes into maintaining the cleanliness of both sand and sea, which is tested daily, and all beaches have disabled access, lifeguards, sun beds and showers.
The Nova Icaria is a beach that is the closest located to the Olympic marina, and is therefore always crowded with visitors. This wide area of rough golden type sand is great for picnics, as well as walking along the beach side. There are three beach bars, two extremely popular restaurants you will want to visit on the promenade behind, the Mango, and Chiringuito de Moncho. As well along the beach are countless bars and restaurants off the Port Olimpic just a short walk away.
The most striking feature of the Bogatell beach is that it is twice the length of the adjoining Nova Icaria beach. It is bordered by a length of stone walkway which is perfect for jogging, roller blading and bicycling. The raised promenade on the beach cuts down traffic noise making it a peaceful place to visit. There are no beach bars located along the Bogatell, however three large informal restaurants are located on the promenade, and are boasted for their unique food and drink menus. A lovely day can be spent here, calmly enjoying the walkway, and stopping for something to eat during the relaxing day.
The Barceloneta beach is a very wide and long beach that is bordered by wood decks along the side on which lie many American style restaurants as well as the local restaurant variety. Mainly there are pizzerias, and tex-mex style food, but also the Catalan restaurant Agua which is a more authentic Barcelona place. Along this length of beach somewhere along its length, the beach becomes San Sebastian, or Metro Barceloneta, a traditional and popular place with many locals and it is consequently quite crowded and lively.
A short trip away you will be able to visit the Catalonia beaches which are known for their naturalness, and cleanness above all more seclusion and less hustle and bustle of people. So these beaches are for those of you who are looking for an even more relaxing, secluded, quiet and calm, natural beach to visit. The beaches along the coast of Catalonia are the Costa Daurada, Costa del Garraf, Costa del Maresme, and Costa Brava. Make note however that beaches to the South are wider and longer and have shallow water which is safer for children, while the others to the North are usually prettier and deeper with bigger waves. The Barcelona beaches along any coast of the area are a spectacular and breathtaking place to visit, so be sure to consider this as your next travel destination.