A Guide to Barcelona’s Top Beaches and Their Bars
|January 22, 2014||Posted by under Places|
Barcelona is in a wonderful location on the Catalan coast, with the city is home to some stunning sandy beaches that you can enjoy at any time of the year. All of the closest stretches of sand have plenty of amenities, including some outstanding beach bars.
We’re going to give you the lowdown on a few of Barcelona’s top beaches and recommend a couple of nightspots at each, so you can spend the day relaxing in the sun and the evening sipping refreshing cocktails in a bustling bar.
Barceloneta is one of the city’s best-loved beaches, making it an excellent place to begin. It’s got everything you’ll need for a day soaking up some winter sun, from practical facilities like umbrellas and changing rooms to more fun attractions such as beach volleyball courts and table tennis tables.
There are plenty of restaurants along this stretch of sand, as well as smaller drink and snack kiosks. This is also where you’ll find a great selection of chiringuitos, or beach bars. One of the most popular places you can grab a beer or a cocktail is Princesa 23, a chic establishment in the centre of the bay that always draws a crowd.
Barceloneta Beach is excellently placed if you want to continue your night, as it’s just a short walk from some of the city’s top clubs – including Opium Mar and Shoko – as well as the unusual and amazing Barcelona Ice Bar.
Bogatell Beach tends to be a little quieter than some of the city’s other strips of sand during the day, making it a wonderful choice if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a few hours. Despite its peaceful atmosphere, there’s plenty to keep you occupied here, with beach volleyball courts among the facilities on offer.
What’s great about Bogatell is that you’re just a short walk from Port Olimpic and, therefore, some of Barcelona’s top bars and restaurants. If you want to stay by the sea for your drinks, though, head to El Xiringuito de Escriba, which offers delectable cocktails and tasty Mediterranean food – the perfect place to begin an evening of revelry.
Mar Bella Beach
Mar Bella – which means beautiful sea – is another of the picturesque seaside spots you can visit while in Barcelona. This is a favourite haunt with many of Barcelona’s students, so it generally attracts a younger crowd. It’s also where you’ll find the only designated nudist section on the city’s beaches.
There are plenty of amenities to keep you happy in the day, including water sports centres that offer the likes of kayaking and sailing excursions, while there are several beach bars you can head to when the sun begins to go down (or earlier if you’d prefer). Among them is Mochima, where you can grab a cold beer and some tasty snacks. A top tip is to stop by on a Sunday, when the bar hosts a weekly beach party that lasts long into the small hours of the morning.
If this has got you in the mood for catching some winter sun in one of Spain’s most cosmopolitan cities, start planning your trip to Barcelona today. Make sure you don’t pay over the odds for your accommodation by using websites like Hotelopia.com to find and compare the best deals.