The closest beach to the centre of the city is in Barceloneta, near enough for many Spanish residents to pop down for a quick sunbathing session during their two-hour lunch-break!The beach itself is not likely to win any beauty prizes and does tend to get very crowded during the weekends in the summer months, so if you are planning a long day of sand and sea it may be worth heading a little further along the coast past the Žtwin towersŽ where the beaches are increasingly cleaner.
The Barceloneta beach starts at the end of Calle Joan de Borbo and runs along to the Olympic Port via the Passeig de Maritim, a popular stretch for cyclists and rollerbladers.Below the Passeig de Maritim, right on the beach, are plenty of restaurants which convert into nightclubs later in the evening; the notorious Baja Beach Club is down here, a popular venue for the stag and hen party crowd.If drinking excessive amounts and licking foam off someone else’s semi-naked body isn’t your idea of a good night out, the restaurants offer seafood and Asian-fusion cooking right by the sea, great for a leisurely lunch followed by a doze on the sand!
Metro: Barceloneta (L4) or Ciutadella Villa Olimpica (L4),
No.17 bus from Plaça Catalunya to Barceloneta
No.64 bus from ColumbusMonument (bottom of Ramblas) to Barceloneta