Price & Hours
- Beaches, Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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In between all the cultural and artistic attractions Barcelona has up its sleeves, it's easy to forget that the city is situated right along the brilliantly blue waters of the Mediterranean. The city's largest stretch of sand is broken up into two beaches; La Barceloneta and Platja de la Nova Icària. Both are separated by the Port Olímpic harbor, easily recognized by the two seafront skyscrapers and giant golden fish sculpture, El Peix. La Barceloneta is the more visited of the two, known for its lively atmosphere on both the sand (vendors walk around selling everything from mojitos to on-the-spot massages) and the beachfront promenade (there are cafes and bars situated on the beach throughout). The beach features loads of amenities on-site including bathrooms, showers, changing rooms, umbrellas, lounge chairs, sports courts such as volleyball and beach tennis and more.
Travelers say La Barceloneta Beach is the perfect place to pass the time on a hot day in Barcelona. Travelers loved the clear blue waters and were pleased that the beach was so clean despite the many people who frequent the shores. Travelers warned though that it can get pretty busy, and if you want a lounge chair or umbrella, make sure to show up early in the morning. Also if you start to feel peckish around here, be prepared to pay. Beachgoers said that the beachfront cafes and restaurants, while scenic, are pretty pricey. Visitors also reinforced that there are unofficial vendors offering services on the beach, but report they aren't aggressive.
La Barceloneta Beach is free to visit all hours of the day or night, but it's never a good idea to go swimming without a lifeguard present. The closest metro stop to the beach is Barceloneta. For more information, consult the Barcelona tourism board's website.
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