The 5 best beaches nearby and in Barcelona

1) Nova Icària

If you’re facing Frank Gehry’s Peix sculpture (you can’t miss it, it’s a 56-metre long goldfish), Nova Icària beach is behind you and to the right. This is a family beach, with volley fields and a ping-pong table.

Nova Icária beach

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2) Mar Bella

Again, facing the Peix, Mar Bella beach is a ten-minute walk to the right. This is a beach with a younger crowd, mostly gay men but lots of women as well. It’s also a nudist zone. Mar Bella and Nova Icària are the best beaches in Barcelona. If you want something else, it’s not a bad idea to leave the city; there are beautiful beaches in the vicinity.

Mar Bella beach

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3) Sant Pol de Mar

This seaside village is only a bit further away than better-known Sitges (65 minutes by train). You can stay close to the train station and enjoy the bars on the beach, or you can walk a bit further away and lay your towel in between the rocky formations. Great photo opportunities galore. 

Sant Pol de Mar beach

Sant Pol de Mar

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4) Playa Natural del Prat

Want to go where the locals go? Then go to Playa del Prat. You may recognise the name: your plane landed on Airport El Prat. The airport is close to the beach, but that doesn’t bother anyone. The beach consists of 5,5 kilometres of clean blonde sand, with a very mixed crowd. The train-ride from Barcelona to El Prat de Llobregat takes 11 minutes.

sunset at Playa del Prat

El Prat de Llobregat

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5) Jardines de la Torre de les Aigües

You may think you’re trespassing, walking onto a private parking space or something, but this really is a public space. And a nice one: with a bit of water (around a water tower), sand and benches – an inner-city beach, but with more shade than on an actual beach, thanks to the trees. A great space for parents with small children.

swimming fountain at Jardines de la Torre de les Aigües

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