Barcelona is most famous for its nightlife, museums, architecture, art and music scene, and other cultural offerings. Barcelona’s cultural offerings and its proximity to France make Barcelona one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. It is also one of the largest destinations in Spain to learn Spanish.
Barcelona is a port city on Spain’s Mediterranean (eastern) coast. And yes, Barcelona does have a beach. In fact, Barcelona has several beaches. So if you want to learn Spanish in Barcelona and also enjoy Spain’s beach life, Barcelona is an interesting combination of big city and beach life.
Barcelona’s beaches can get quite busy and quite crowded. On the plus side, you have more chances to meet Spaniards and practice your Spanish with them.
If large, crowded beaches are not your thing, consider beaches further up or down the coast from Barcelona. You can also check out the great beaches in Alicante or Malaga, which offer beaches with a more relaxed atmosphere.
Beaches in Barcelona
Some of Barcelona’s most popular beaches for tourists and people learning Spanish in Barcelona are the Barceloneta, Mar Bella, Nova Icaria and Bogatell beaches.
Barceloneta Beach is one of the closest beaches to Barcelona and it’s one of the easiest beaches to get to. You can walk from the city center or take the yellow line metro to the beach. It can be a crowded beach but is a long, fairly wide beach lined with restaurants and bars.
At Barcelona’s Bogatell Beach you’ll find plenty of people rollerblading, cycling, and jogging. Bogatell Beach is one of Barcelona’s more tranquil beaches – you’ll also find less bars, cafes and restaurants at this beach than Barcelona’s other beaches. Bogatell beach is close to Barcelona’s Olympic Port and is separated from neighboring beaches by stone breakwaters.
Mar Bella Beach
Mar Bella Beach is Barcelona’s watersports beach. Head over the Mar Bella Beach if you are interested in windsurfing, kayaking and the like.
Nova Icaria Beach
The Nova Icaria Beach is close to Barcelona’s Olympic Marina and has plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes.