Top 5 beaches in Catalonia very close to Barcelona
You don’t have to travel far to plant your umbrella in one of the top 10 beaches in Catalonia
Ready to hit the beach outside of Barcelona? Hop on the train or take advantage of a car if you’ve got one and visit these seaside paradises in Catalonia.
Local’s favorite is definitely Sant Sebastià
How to get there: Carrer de Port Alegre, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona.
This urban beach is located in the district of Sant Sebastià, of seafaring tradition. It’s definitely a family beach where townsfolk go a lot. There is always a lifeguard, of course, a beach bar and umbrellas and hammocks rental.
This beach has showers and footbaths powered by card, you must ask for the cards at the beach bar and a symbolic bond is deposited. The card has 400 seconds of “shower” and you have to put the card into the reader shower or lava-pies to leave the water. The card can be recharged or return to the snack bar to be reused.
Platja El Morer in picturesque Sant Pol de Mar
How to get there? 08395 Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona
Located in the northern part of the nearby town Sant Pol de Mar, this beach runs parallel to the train tracks and the N-II motorway. The beach is 750 meters of coarse golden sand that gets narrow as it goes eastward. Located on the highway are the Roman ruins of Morer, a center of wine production from the first century.
The beach is equipped with showers, a Red Cross station, drinking fountains, and wooden walkways for the physically disabled.
If it’s hard to get it’s going to be worth it!
That’s how we would describe L’home mort beach.
Gay naturist beach, nudist mainly formed by the Home Mort beach and the Roses Beach. It is accessed by a difficult trail that will take you between 30 minutes from the city to 1 hour (depending on how fast you are, of course!) But the reward is that this beach won’t be completely full, even in summer days there is privacy, you could almost call it your own private beach. It’s located on the railway line and south of the Atlantis nightclub.
TIP: Wear good walking shoes, it’s not the best idea to walk to this beach on your flip-flops you will probably hurt yourself and scratch your feet!
And the good news is: Even though the beach is far it has a chiringuito! (You will notice that the Spaniards really appreciate having a beer after a long working day or just because… ?
How to get there: To go to desenrocada you have to start walking from where the “Atlantida Club” used to be. From there starts a sandy/rocky trail that follows the train rail in direction of Vilanova i la Geltrú. You’ll have to walk in that direction more or less half an hour until you see the beach.
Garraf Beach: Rocks, sand and fisherman houses
How to get there? 08871 Garraf, Barcelona
Situated in downtown Garraf, this beach is 380 meters long with a mixture of fine sand and rocks and a slight incline at the sea’s entrance. Between the beach and the train tracks lies the area that gave this beach its name, a kind of fishing village built practically on the beach itself. The remodeled wooden cabanas are old sheds that were used by fishermen to store their equipment.
Services include showers, bathrooms, rescue equipment, and chaise longues, umbrellas, and paddle boats available for rent. If you want to extend your stay, the town also has a hotel and a few restaurants.
Beach of Sant Simó
This beach is in the north of Mataró, between the Sant Simó riverbed and the town of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. It’s got 1,100 meters of white sand, but it’s quite narrow, appearing to lose width as it crawls closer to Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. The beach is divided into a family zone – which is closer to Mataró – where the majority of services can be found: parking spaces, showers, chaise longue rentals and ‘chiringuitos’ (snack bars). The area farther away is meant for a more ‘natural’ experience, which can prove much more interesting for those who enjoy snorkeling.