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Barcelona Beach Guide

There are several beaches that line the coastal sea front of the city of Barcelona, all of which have a very different feel although all are excellent in terms of quality and services and amenities on offer. To the northern end there is even a dedicated spacious dog beach with excellent facilities for dogs and owners alike.

llevant-beach-barcelona-travelammoAll of the beaches are generally of a coarse golden sand which is impeccably clean as is the water. The individual beaches are separated with rock sea defenses and beaches at the northern end near Diagonal mar also have under water man made rock formations which dampen the surf, obviously these are often frequented with families with younger children and the water around the groins is usually calmer and of a shallower nature.

Parking is available along most of the beach front although this fills up extremely quickly. When these are full there are several underground Car parks along the main road, just look out for the large green P signs.

Sant Sabastia: Starting in the south next to the W hotel is the first of the Barcelona’s beaches which is almost certainly the busiest with a youngish vibe to the visitors. Located next to the W hotel is the water sports area offering parasailing, jet ski rentals, paddle boards and kayaks etc.

Sant Miquel: Again attracts more of a young tourist although as with most of the southern Barcelona’s beaches the areas are very well suited to families looking for a more lively beach day.

Barceloneta: Much the same as the previous two beaches however being further north it is starting to get quieter by comparison to the nearby beaches.

Somorrostro: One of Barcelona’s smallest and often quietest beaches the beach is popular with outdoor fitness pursuits. Visitors are often a mix of locals and tourists of all ages. The water also acts as the entrance to port olympic so be advise to be cautious when swimming

Nova Icaria: Another small beach located to the northern side of port Olympic where many restaurants can be found both on the beach and in the port. This is one of the first beaches where the water is slightly calmer sue to the extended break water.

Bogatell: Being close to the Parque del Poblenou this beach offers the best sports facilities view beach volleyball courts, running tracks and skate parks. There are also various bars available.

La Mar Bella: This is Barcelona’s official nudist beach. If this is what you are looking for then it is recommended to pursue you bathing here and here only. The beach is lined with a large man made sand dune to prevent accidental offense to any passers by. The area is clearly marked as a nudist beach. La Mar Bella is also a common hang out for the local gay community, if fact the restaurant on the beach is called Chiringuito BeGay.

La Nova Mar Bella: Generally a family beach with calmer waters than the others. Users with young children may wish to remember the Barcelona’s nudist beach is next door when choosing a area to lay the picnic blanket.

Llevant: This is one of the smaller and quieter beaches, often frequented by Barcelona’s locals it is more of a place to relax and swim. Llevant is also the location of Barcelona’s dog beach which has its own perimeter fence, dog showers and bathing stations and from spring through to autumn there is often a health and safety tent.

Finally there it’s what’s know locally as the family beach. Technically speaking it is not a beach as it inside the marina. However it is a man made lagoon with pontoons and ladders so if your not a fan of sand this may be the place for you. This is located with in the Forum Park or Parc Del Forum and access is by  entering the park next to the Natural History Museum.

Facilities, Services, First Aid and Restaurants:

sant-sebastia-beach-barcelona-travelammoToilets and Showers: All of Barcelona`s beaches have showering and bathroom facilities which in general are well maintained however, we would advise taking your own loo roll and some hand gel in with you if you can so you are not caught without. Toilets are also available at the restaurants but it is not taken to kindly if you try to use them without making a purchase.

First Aid: Life guards are on duty most of the year round during daylight hours and there are first aid patrols on ATV`s with almost everything that could be needed. First Aid areas are well sign posted.

Restaurants and Bars: These are to be found all along Barcelona’s beach front although they are more common towards the northern beaches. The southern end tends to be more frequented by mobile vendors. You will generally find that beach sellers will pass you frequently offering drinks both soft and alcoholic.

Most of Barcelona’s beaches can have a relatively steep entry which can vary with the recent weather and tides however, the waters are extremely safe and most of the beaches have beach patrols by lifeguards and warning flags view able from all areas to notify visitors to the current conditions. A tannoy system will also warm of any immediate dangers or recommendations.

Safety and Crime: As with most large city`s crime is present and Barcelona is no exception. The area is well know for pick pockets and sellers with fake and imitation goods, for which there is a fine for purchasing from. The general rule is be sensible, do not take or leave valuables to the beach and certainly do not leave anything unattended. Crime is more prevalent on the southern beaches as these are in general the busiest with the youngest crowds of tourists. That does not by any means you can let your guard down if you are at a quieter beach. Police patrol all of Barcelona’s beaches often in large numbers.

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Where to eat in Barcelona-Spain

Looking for places to eat on your next Barcelona city break or summer holiday?

The city is littered with restaurants, cafes, bars and bakery’s and there is something for everyone on offer, after all, Spain has some of the most mouth watering and famous dishes in the world.

World famous your thinking, well were pretty sure there is not a sole on the planet that has not heard of Paella or Tapas.

Many restaurants and Tapas bars will be family owned and run and whilst most cities throughout the world has many a street corner marked with a national chain, this is not what you will find in this city. Just in case you do crave the a KFC or McDonalds, well lets be honest, you cant travel far on this planet without finding one and you will do here, but only if you try.

Barcelona essentially has three or four main tourist areas and although there is just about somewhere to eat around every corner we list below the most commonly visited areas.

Las Rambles ( La Rambla) :

This is probably the main tourist road which leads from the trendy shopping areas of Eixapmle and Passeig de Gracia to the northwest end and the Port Vell area to the south east end. La Rambla is also borders the famous El Gotic ( historic ) district with its cobbled streets, centuries old buildings and littered with cafes, monuments and cathedrals.

You can expect to find just about every type of food you wish and although the area attracts many thousands of visitors at any one time you will always find a table somewhere without waiting around.

Port Vell Marina:

Barelona Port Vell - TravelammoThe area surrounding the Marina includes various cafes and smaller snack bars along with a few more formal restaurants, of which may require reservations. The marina attracts some seriously large yachts which of course have often more to spend there fore some prices are slightly higher than other areas however it affords the perfect opportunity to dine al-fresco and watch daydream over the idea of sailing into the sunset.

Rambla Del Poblenou:

If you are along the mid beachfront around the Bogatell or Mar Bella beach area this is only a short walk away. Cross over the main road directly opposite the Park Poblenou and you will discover several blocks of restaurants all of which offer on street al-fresco dinning at extremely reasonable prices. The common fair is local good quality dishes including Tapas, Paella and grilled fresh seafood. This street is very popular in the evenings and is well worth a stroll to see all that is on offer.

Diagonal Mar Shopping Area:

Next to the Parc de Diagonal Mar is the large modern shopping center which is home to several dine in restaurants as well as a Mc Donalds, Dunking Donuts, Starbucks etc. Dinning is generally available until around 11pm.

 

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