Playa de La Barceloneta
Playa de La Barceloneta
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Barceloneta
Originally a fisherman’s quarter, this quaint area can’t escape its small village feel: laundry hanging over the narrow streets, old ladies clamoring at each other from their balconies and elder gentlemen playing games on short wooden benches gossiping the day away, Barceloneta could double as a film set. Artists line the boardwalk displaying their magnificently detailed sand structures making this the most visited beach in the city (the shirtless men working out might help too). You’ll know by the delicious aroma that you're in the right place to try some of the best and most authentic seafood including paella, Spain’s national dish.
How to get there
  • Barceloneta • 10 min walk
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  • meinirann
    Carmarthen, United Kingdom3,067 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice little escape from the city
    The beach is easy to get to from the city centre via metro. It’s about a 10 minute walk from there. It was the end of April and it was busy, but I wouldn’t say it was too busy due to it being early in the season. It will probably be far busier from next month onwards. It wasn’t that easy to take a long stroll on the beach as many places were cordoned off, but I think they were just preparing the area for the main part of the tourist season. It’s a shame they couldn’t have finished before Easter. Still, I did manage to get a nice walk in and found a place to sit down on a stone walkway to look out at the sea, which was nice. It’s definitely calmer here than the city centre, but I did find beaches on the Costa Brava nearby calmer. I’d actually recommend you go for a day trip there if you can. There were restaurants all along the beach front and they were all very busy and full. I struggled to get a table, and when I did manage to get one, they needed it back in an hour, so I only had time for a drink and a light bite. The one thing I didn’t like was all the sellers on the beach that pester you. I’m on holiday to relax and unwind - not to be pestered by people like these. I don’t understand how they’re allowed to get away with it. It’s not a good look for the area either. Still, it is a nice beach. Definitely worth a visit if you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and can’t get to a beach out of the city.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 May 2023
  • Gary M
    Burnley, United Kingdom37 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day spoiled
    Loved the beach. Went on two separate days during our stay in Barcelona. One day mid way along the beach - a lovely afternoon with some hawkers selling beer, water, drinks, blankets etc. Said no thank you a couple of times. No problem. The second day we were nearer to port Vell. It was completely spoiled by number of hawkers continually asking you to buy things. There were so many. Watched them with some younger couples - some became quite intimidating. Struggled to relax because of them. Such a shame. Wouldn’t visit this part again. Hopefully authorities can find a way to control this before it puts others off coming.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • cookie1010
    Montreal, Canada196 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice city beach
    Nice beach considering it is in the city. The sand is mostly coverred with small pebbles so not that confortable to walk on. The beach was packed when I went, even though it was in September. There were jelly fish in the water, which I didn't expect so did not take care to keep away from them. I was stung several times, the pain goes away in an hour or so.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 October 2023
  • theconclan3241
    Victoria, Canada65 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good but…..
    Busy sandy beach. Fairly clean. Not enough toilets anywhere. Was spoiled by the amount of hagglers trying to sell drinks - ice cold beer,margaritas,mojitos,water. You hear this constantly which is a bit annoying when you are trying to relax on the beach. There are some beaches further along with not so many sellers
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Rich L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Good Escape from City Center
    We certainly did enjoy our visit to the beach at Barceloneta a little over a week ago. From our hotel downtown we found it easy to catch a bus that took us right to the beach. Arriving there in time for lunch we were quickly able to secure a table at one of the many beachfront cafes. From there we had a front row table and it gave a view directly onto the beach. We had a light lunch including a couple of beers and had a great time soaking up the beach atmosphere. After about an hour there, we walked the boardwalk for another hour observing the sights and sounds of the charming beach. There is a lot to do in the area so we recommend you plan to spend an hour or two there.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • AngloItalian78
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom435 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy city beach...
    So look, here's the deal. It's very busy here, even in October as it's often still over 20c. As many will say, it's also an urban dwellers beach where people come to pose, be seen, exercise, swim, sunbathe, eat, drink and be merry...and generally get away from city life even though it's just 15-20 minutes on a bus or tram to be back in the thick of central Barcelona. One thing I really liked about Barceloneta, more so than the beach itself which is vast (and needs to be for a city with 3 million+ people excluding tourists), is the fact that you really do feel like you've left the main part of the city and entered a seaside resort when you come here. Yes, it's busier and not nearly as relaxed as some coastal resorts, but it's still got a decent vibe and I quite liked it. Plenty of places to eat and drink, in semi off-peak season (early October) it was still busy but felt like it was a more pleasant pace and like there was more space and friendliness in the air. I wouldn't say this would be a beach of choice for me, but the area as a whole is a nice escape from the continuous craziness of Barcelona itself and the fact it's so easy to get to from the centre of Barcelona is a real bonus and this is why so many people love this city as it's on the coast and has beaches...albeit I still prefer Madrid! Then again, I prefer the smaller cities in Spain to Madrid, so that's irrelevant!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 January 2024
  • Jennifer C
    8 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meh
    We went in April and it was way too cold to go in the ocean, although some brave souls were actually swimming. The beach is typical, not a gorgeous Caribbean beach, but would be fine for sunbathing and swimming in warmer times. There is an outdoor bar with food and drink, priced higher than what you can get in other areas of Barcelona, but with a view of the ocean which is right in front of you. There are port a potties for restrooms, which are kind of gross, but necessary. I would skip this if I visited Barcelona again; there's too much to see that is much better.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 April 2024
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Jennifer C
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We went in April and it was way too cold to go in the ocean, although some brave souls were actually swimming. The beach is typical, not a gorgeous Caribbean beach, but would be fine for sunbathing and swimming in warmer times. There is an outdoor bar with food and drink, priced higher than what you can get in other areas of Barcelona, but with a view of the ocean which is right in front of you. There are port a potties for restrooms, which are kind of gross, but necessary. I would skip this if I visited Barcelona again; there's too much to see that is much better.
Written 8 April 2024
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AngloItalian78
Aylesbury, UK435 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
So look, here's the deal. It's very busy here, even in October as it's often still over 20c.
As many will say, it's also an urban dwellers beach where people come to pose, be seen, exercise, swim, sunbathe, eat, drink and be merry...and generally get away from city life even though it's just 15-20 minutes on a bus or tram to be back in the thick of central Barcelona.
One thing I really liked about Barceloneta, more so than the beach itself which is vast (and needs to be for a city with 3 million+ people excluding tourists), is the fact that you really do feel like you've left the main part of the city and entered a seaside resort when you come here. Yes, it's busier and not nearly as relaxed as some coastal resorts, but it's still got a decent vibe and I quite liked it.
Plenty of places to eat and drink, in semi off-peak season (early October) it was still busy but felt like it was a more pleasant pace and like there was more space and friendliness in the air.
I wouldn't say this would be a beach of choice for me, but the area as a whole is a nice escape from the continuous craziness of Barcelona itself and the fact it's so easy to get to from the centre of Barcelona is a real bonus and this is why so many people love this city as it's on the coast and has beaches...albeit I still prefer Madrid!
Then again, I prefer the smaller cities in Spain to Madrid, so that's irrelevant!
Written 11 January 2024
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tailsock
Raleigh, NC766 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
After visiting fabulous Tossa del Mar I debated on whether it would be worth it to see the least regarded beach that many reviewers warn you to avoid. After some hesitation I decided to check it out with my brother. We took the bus from Marina Ribes (V21) near our hotel to Pl Maritim- Pepe Rubianes. The beaches near Barceloneta are some of the ugliest IMO due to it's port setting and cluster of industrial harbors nearby. (Take an aerial look using Google Earth) Once you're there it doesn't look so bad though and actually resembles a fairly normal one. There's bars, there's palm trees, there are fit couples walking hand in hand, ladies in cheeky thongs, people roller blading, the works. We spent some time here just waiting for sunset. A little bit of a hike and not very close to metro entrance. Worth a look though.
Written 5 November 2023
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Rich L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We certainly did enjoy our visit to the beach at Barceloneta a little over a week ago. From our hotel downtown we found it easy to catch a bus that took us right to the beach. Arriving there in time for lunch we were quickly able to secure a table at one of the many beachfront cafes. From there we had a front row table and it gave a view directly onto the beach. We had a light lunch including a couple of beers and had a great time soaking up the beach atmosphere. After about an hour there, we walked the boardwalk for another hour observing the sights and sounds of the charming beach. There is a lot to do in the area so we recommend you plan to spend an hour or two there.
Written 13 October 2023
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theconclan3241
Victoria, Canada65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Busy sandy beach. Fairly clean. Not enough toilets anywhere. Was spoiled by the amount of hagglers trying to sell drinks - ice cold beer,margaritas,mojitos,water. You hear this constantly which is a bit annoying when you are trying to relax on the beach. There are some beaches further along with not so many sellers
Written 11 October 2023
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cookie1010
Montreal, Canada196 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Nice beach considering it is in the city. The sand is mostly coverred with small pebbles so not that confortable to walk on. The beach was packed when I went, even though it was in September. There were jelly fish in the water, which I didn't expect so did not take care to keep away from them. I was stung several times, the pain goes away in an hour or so.
Written 7 October 2023
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RJK010
Belfast, UK480 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a nice beach but properly enjoying it is almost impossible because of the never ending activity of illegal hawkers. The police drive along the back of the beach using quads but take no action and nothing changes. Most people seem to bring towels and and a beach parasol which is what we did. How could you do anything else when the guys renting sun beds are asking for €60 for two sunbeds and an umbrella/shade.
Written 21 September 2023
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Birgitta-Kenneth
Solna, Sweden1,529 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Barcelona have five kilometres of beaches in town and this is one of them and it is beautiful. Do watch out for thieves when you are there though cause they are prowling the beach
Written 30 August 2023
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Thomas S
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Filled with tourist traps as far as restaurants and bars goes. 9 euros for 6 small octopuses. 11.50 euro for a drink with very little alcohol in it. And worst of all pick pockets. I had my phone stolen on a crowded bus, the second day on our trip in this area. The whole area is nasty and you dont feel safe there.

The beach is okay, but filled with huge nasty seagulls, looking for food and people trying to sell drinks, beers, massages and blankets. The massage-women are harrassing the tourists not taking no for an answer.

Avoid this area. Find another beach. And never have your phone in your pocket. it will get stolen by lowlife-pickpockets.
Written 30 July 2023
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Gary M
Burnley, UK37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Loved the beach. Went on two separate days during our stay in Barcelona. One day mid way along the beach - a lovely afternoon with some hawkers selling beer, water, drinks, blankets etc. Said no thank you a couple of times. No problem. The second day we were nearer to port Vell. It was completely spoiled by number of hawkers continually asking you to buy things. There were so many. Watched them with some younger couples - some became quite intimidating. Struggled to relax because of them. Such a shame. Wouldn’t visit this part again. Hopefully authorities can find a way to control this before it puts others off coming.
Written 27 July 2023
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