If a time comes and you find yourself in Barcelona, checking reviews for Playa de la Barceloneta, and reading this review right here -then put your phone down and go see for yourself!
Reading a yelp review about a man made beach isn't going to justify what happens from one day to the next. However, if you need a review then keep reading:
pack a day bag, grab a bocadillo, slam down your cafe con leche, and liberally apply sunscreen!
what to expect:]
if you don't apply sunscreen you might burn.
if you don't eat before you head out, you might find yourself hungry.
if you didn't pack a towel, or a bag for that matter you might find that you will have to sit in the sand, or you have nothing to be stolen.
Great people watching, some people even come with their own soundtracks, sand will find its way into your secret spots, and topless tanning it totally the norm here!
Do not skip the coast while it is summer in Barcelona, take initiative, grab a morning pastry, and head to the beach for the beginning of your day.
after the playa go a few blocks away from the boardwalk and settle in at the closest bar. Start snacking on tapas and filling your belly with assorted adult beverages, as you are on vacation!
The beaches of Barcelona are world-class. Second to none. Clean, wi-fi enabled, massive promenade and walkway where people walk, run, ride bikes, skateboard, and sit on benches watching the world go by. The beach itself is incredibly clean - did I say this already - because its worth mentioning multiple times.
The great sandy line that stretches for miles along Barcelona's coast is simply amazing. It's got dozens of bars, places to eat and things to do (sea kayaking anyone?).
On this morning, an amazing thing happened. I was hanging out in one spot taking pictures and a guy approached me. He was a little rough around the edges, so I stepped back a half step (see my review of the Castleton Post Office for more on this reaction). Anyway, he came up to me and said "Listen... Listen" (more like "Leesan," then more emphatically... "Leeeeesaaaan.") Then he backed up a couple of feet, stood on one foot and raised his arms into the air and gave peace signs to his imaginary and adoring fans. This guy was telling me something. I think I heard them too, given the power of his conviction. The moment was priceless and I got the shot. I thanked him, we laughed and he left.
Lots of good learnings from this moment. Its about not always having to take yourself to the world, but sometimes letting the world come to you. It will, but sometimes we make it more difficult because we're a constantly moving target. Beaches always have this effect on me - introspection, but the beaches in Barcelona have it in spades.
This beach is absolutely beautiful! The reason it's only 3 stars in my book though? THERE ARE MUCH BETTER IN BARCELONA!! Seriously!!
Take the yellow line (L4) 3 more stops and get to Mar Bella! That's where you'll be able to avoid the CROWDS of Northern European and American tourists that don't know any better. Or stay at Barceloneta and have things sold to you every 3 minutes...your choice!
Such a beautiful (manmade) beach! Eye candy for days and watch out for that pricey 19EUR 1L sangria at the beachside cafes! If you walk down the opposite direction of the W hotel there are bougie clubs that play A LOT of EDM (where's the hip-hop and trap?!). Reviews for the clubs will be posted another time...
I haven't encountered any theft of my belongings, but I've heard many a story from other travelers, so just leave the REAL IMPORTANT stuff (passports, ID's, CC's) back at your hotel/apartment.
That is the smell of the Mediterranean Sea tickling your olfactory nerves, sending powerful synapses to your brain to release those endorphins putting you in a happy state.
That is the smell of your coconut scented SPF 45 suntan lotion. You may not be on a tropical island, but the warm sun is enough to make you believe that you are. (plus, those palm trees in the distance are pretty convincing too)
With earplugs, sink into a deep slumber or take a short nap. But this beach is more for people watching: between the topless girls and the American frat boy hitting on the topless girls, you wouldn't want to miss any of the action. Vendors abound here carrying trays of food/drinks (donuts? samosas? mojitos?) or trying to coerce you into a half an hour massage. If beach volleyball is your thing, they have a set-up for that, otherwise, throw a frisbee around. You can count on clean bathrooms, but no soap for washing hands.
The imposing W Hotel on the far distance makes for quite a view. After you're done spending time here, stroll the boardwalk and check out the many tapas restaurants around you.
This playa in some ways reminds me of South Beach in Miami, except you don't have to deal with Jersyfied d-bags, it's that much cooler since you are on the gorgeous Mediterranean and topless sunbathing is totally acceptable, and may I say, absolutely comfortable and liberating!
A wide and long strip of soft sand with Barcelona metropolis in the background. it can get pretty busy. If you are looking for some shade and refreshments, many cafe and small restaurant options are available.
I highly recommend renting a bicycle and strolling along the beach drive, the marina and the beautiful square at the end of La Rambla, as you start your trek towards the playa. You can also grab a beach chair and a guy will come around to collect 8 euro for the day.
We even found a small "Muscle Beach" - it was a kids playground, where guys would hang out, do at least five intense pull ups and then walk around giving each other quiet up nods :-) It was quite entertaining. Of course my bf, had to show off with some Crossfit skills, and was instantly the cool guy on the play ground, LOL.
Definitely add this as a day adventure on your trip to Barcelona.
I love this beach (and the surrounding ones)! I was lucky enough to visit Barcelona for 2 weeks and had a great time, except for a couple distasteful events.
Our first day in Barcelona was scary. We stayed at a hostel and during check-in, a creepy, beady-eyed man attentively stared at us from about 7 ft. away. I thought to myself, " that's weird" and soon after I turned towards the receptionist, I heard a slight shuffle. I turned back and the creepy punk had started off with our backpack, which had been near my feet (big mistake, I know). Keen as he was at his illicit craft, he was no match for my speed and when he realized that I was about to grab him, he dropped my backpack! That incident soured the beginning of our stay.
We decided to walk to the beach to lighten the mood. We walked through Las Ramblas and then a couple miles more to the beach. To be sure, it was pretty crowded, especially at the end that's near the hotels. But you only have to walk a few feet away from there to the areas the locals attend. Our mood changed for the better once we got there. The climate is delicious although a bit more humid than So. Cal. The local women are beautiful. They look the way Spanish-speaking American media portray US Latinas! (If you've seen commercials in any Spanish TV channel, you know what I'm talking about).
This is a great place to get a tan. Topless sunbathing is the norm here, so try not to be shocked. American women actually look overdressed in this context. If you really want to mingle with the locals, head north from Barceloneta a couple miles and you will find a nude beach. We walked along the coast a lot and one day simply stumbled upon this site. It's an area discreetly tucked away, enclosed by bushes. Try not to stare too much although it's hard for an American not to, so do so discreetly! We stayed at the fringes of this area and moved further in once we were comfortable going bare.
Since crime here will likely amount only to petty theft, be extra vigilant about your belongings. If you do so, you will have a great time and lasting memories!
P.S. Don't forget to go clothes shopping at the apparel stores near Las Ramblas. The clothing is those stores is affordable (comparable to the Gap) and has a cool Spanish fit (think Rafa Nadal's tennis shorts)!
Nice, busy beach with beautiful clear water. Lots of restaurants nearby. Public bathrooms are busy and limited so ladies be prepared to wait in line.
There are little options for shade but Chairs are available for rent for 5€ and umbrellas for 6€. Note that they can only be used in the boundaries from the person you rented them from so don't take them too far down the beach. Otherwise, bring your own.
Mojitos and sangria are sold on the beach. People are very friendly and nice but be sure to watch your belongings and don't leave anything unattended. Outdoor showers are available to wash off the sand. Police, and first aid are onsite for emergencies.
My cousin warned me that this was the most dirty beach along the Sea, but we were simply too lazy to walk elsewhere. Cigarettes littered the beach. Also be careful not to step on the broken glass!
Probably one of the worst beaches anyone could ever go to if they are looking for some place relaxing to go to.
Its EUR6 to hire a sun lounger. This is ok, but if you arrive on the beach and see loungers without signs you automatically think theyre free. But instead, a rude hopeless man comes over demanding money.
I cant work out how many thai women came up to us asking if we wanted a massage. There seemed to be a million of them hounding us every 2 minutes. Even when i was having an argument with a guy who wouldnt leave us alone, a woman came over asking if we wanted a massage! Hardly the right time love!
There were loads of other guys harassing people to buy henna tattoos, drinks, coconuts and samosas(!). You couldnt even pretend to be asleep listening to your ipod as they would tower over you, blocking the sun.
Overall, it was the most infuriating experiences i have ever had. We ended up spending an hour and a half there and didnt go back again.
Fun beach, worth renting the chair and umbrella.
Highly recommended at sunrise!
Despite being threaded on the end to a rather large, busy, vibrant city the beaches along Barcelonata are surprisingly clean. Yes they are a little messy and untidy (given the footfall and location it's hardly surprising) but come the next day they are as clean as ever. You occasionally come across a few sun baked, post hippy smack heads but they'll mostly leave you alone and really are few and far between. The sea is clean and the surrounding area has shower and toilet facilities alongside a few bars and restaurants. Further up the beaches there is a nudist beachapparently! My curiosity was kept intact there.
If you've just wandered down here for a walk and a relax on the beach but then fancy a swim, there are a number of shops/supermarkets nearby which sell towels and swimming 'paraphernalia'. Amongst the bathers and sun worshipers are the Thai masseurs (which looked to be doing swift business).
Not nearly as nice as the beaches further down in Sitges but for such a large city to have these beaches on it's doorstep is as added bonus.
You can either walk here from Las Ramblas or get a Metro to Barcelonata stop.
We spent the day here, had a nice lunch and walked around picking shells. Very uncrowded, but it was windy and October. Sun chairs were overpriced, but very pretty beach overall.
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