Barcelona beaches are among the best in Spain whether you're looking for thrilling water sports or just a space where you can relax by the gentle waves. A wide variety of beaches are available in town, from beaches known for their accessibility to others that are pet-friendly.

    Finding the best beach in town largely depends on what kind of experience you're looking for. The array of beaches available means that the whole family can find fun here. Take a look at the best beaches in Barcelona, and discover which would work best for your next holiday trip.

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    Barceloneta Beach

    Visit one of the oldest beaches in town

    Barceloneta Beach is a popular beach in the fishing quarter of the same name where you'll find welcoming sands and an array of seafood restaurants nearby. The beach offers plenty of room to relax or play games like tennis and volleyball. Lifeguards are also situated along the beach, so you and your little ones can swim with peace of mind.

    This beach has some historical value as well, as it's thought to be the inspiration for Miguel de Cervantes as the spot where Don Quixote fought the Knight of the White Moon and the knight was finally defeated.

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    Bogatell Beach

    Enjoy a neighbourhood beach

    Bogatell Beach is a popular beach found between Nova Icària and Mar Bella where you'll find plenty of relaxing sands and inviting waters to enjoy. It's a result of clever urban planning designed to integrate beach access into a variety of different neighbourhoods.

    Thanks to its original design, this beach is especially popular with locals, though visitors to the neighbourhood's green spaces will find easy access as well. Beach umbrellas, sun loungers and ice cream kiosks are available throughout the beach along with free WiFi in the area.

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    Sant Sebastià Beach

    Relax at an easygoing beach

    Sant Sebastià Beach is one of the best beaches to visit if you're looking for a more relaxing holiday experience away from the dense crowds. Most of the people here are older, as this beach is well known for its friendliness to those with reduced mobility and offers several paths for easy access.

    You'll also find a designated area with volunteers who help those with reduced mobility enjoy the water. You'll find amphibious chairs available as well, so this is a must-visit destination in south Barceloneta if you or a family member wants to enjoy the beach without having to walk.

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    Mar Bella Beach

    Take on thrilling water sports

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    Mar Bella Beach is one of the top beaches in town for young people, as it has numerous facilities and features for those looking to get active. Cosmopolitan sports lovers can enjoy the volleyball and tennis areas along with the skatepark and basketball hoop in coastal Sant Martí.

    If you're interested in water sports, this beach is one of the best starting points in town. You'll find sailing trips available along with kayak rentals. The sports complex on the beach also features fitness rooms and a running track.

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    Llevant Beach

    Check out Barcelona's easternmost beach

    Llevant Beach is one of the newer beaches in town, and it offers plenty for people to enjoy whether you're looking to swim or simply relax. It opened in 2006 and has become popular with locals and visitors looking for quick fun on the eastern edge of town.

    When you visit this beach, you'll find a variety of convenient facilities available like adapted showers, restrooms and parking areas for cars and bikes. The beach offers WiFi, and it has sun loungers and beach umbrellas available. Lifeguards are also on duty, so you can swim with peace of mind.

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    Nova Icària Beach

    Take it easy at a peaceful beach

    Nova Icària Beach is a laid-back beach that's popular with visitors and locals looking to relax without having to leave the city and its conveniences. Most of the visitors here are families or groups of friends, as this beach is great for swimming and relaxing, with several bars and restaurants nearby as well.

    When you visit this beach on the western side of Espigó del Bogatell, you'll find several sports facilities offering volleyball and table tennis. Additionally, several dinghy sailing courses along with kayaking and windsurfing opportunities are run out of this beach.

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    Somorrostro Beach

    Walk among fine sands

    Somorrostro Beach offers a blanket of fine sand along with calm waters that don't have many waves thanks to the stone wave breaks by the beach. Because of its gentle waters, it's a popular spot for families looking to enjoy a relaxing swim on the northern side of Espigó del Gas.

    When you visit this beach, you'll find plenty of loungers and umbrellas available for rent along with access to changing cabins and showers. Additionally, this beach is located by a promenade with several restaurants and cafes along with nightclubs if you're looking for something more adult.

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    Nova Mar Bella Beach

    Visit an easily accessible beach

    Nova Mar Bella Beach is known primarily for its accessibility and laid-back environment that the whole family can enjoy. Several services are available here including bike hires, beach volleyball, lounge chairs and lifeguards on duty.

    The beach provides some of the best accessibility in town, offering convenient solutions for those with disabilities just south of Parc del Maresme. The toilets and showers have been adapted to be easy to use, and there are volunteer staff and amphibious chairs available for people with difficulties moving.

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    Castelldefels Beach

    Find fun along the Costa del Garraf

    Castelldefels Beach is technically a short distance out from Barcelona, so it offers a relaxing atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The beach is long and spacious with enough room for everyone, so you don't have to worry about the crowds like you would in the inner-city beaches.

    Along the beach, you'll find a shallow coast safe for swimming and relaxing. If you visit during the low season, it's entirely possible for you to be the only one here with nothing to hear but the sounds of gentle waves.

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    Platja De Les Roques D'en Lluc

    Visit a small and isolated beach

    Platja De Les Roques D'en Lluc is unique among Barcelona beaches due to its location and its size offering quaint isolation. All you'll find is a small area of sand at the foot of several cliffs surrounded by rocks on the southern edge of Urbanitzacio Les Villes.

    When you reach this beach, you'll find a nice and quiet place to relax, which can be satisfying for many travellers, but there's little else. It's located a bit northeast of the city proper, however, so it's a good place to escape the hustle and bustle if you like.

    Location: 08350 Arenys de Mar, Barcelona, Spain

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