A paradise for not only tan-topping, but the ultimate spot for water sports, restaurants and quirky sea view bars – but with so many to choose from it’s hard to know where to start, so with that in mind we have just the guide to Barcelona’s best beaches.

Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta Beach - Barcelona

More than just a place to make sandcastles, Barceloneta beach is one of the most popular in Barcelona and it’s easy to see why. Located in a traditional fishing district, it’s the ultimate place to come for a fresh bite, it’s also one of the oldest beaches on the island – so expect plenty of character.

Listen to drums being played, watch sand artists at work or head for a cocktail in one of the nearby bars.

You’ll also find top facilities such as gymnastics areas, beach volleyball, beach tennis and table tennis. There’s even WiFi, so you can upload your holiday snaps instantly. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, water sports such as windsurfing and kite-surfing are some of the most popular.

Nova Icaria Beach

Nova Icaria Beach

Searching high and low for peace and quiet? Nova Icaria Beach is the place to be and is a popular choice for families with its golden shores, children’s game areas, ice cream kiosks and other fun activities.

Lying close to the Port Olympic, you’ll find a vast amount of restaurants and bars with tapas and sangria on disposal. It’s also a great spot for those who need a little assistance with a service to help with swimming and facilities with adapted walkways, changing rooms and showers.

The backdrop won’t disappoint either with the Frank Gehry’s Fish sculpture, twin towers of Torre Mapfre and Hotel Arts. And to top it off, this beach was created for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, impressive for sure!

Mar Bella Beach

Mar Bella Beach

Action-packed with holidaymakers and sports enthusiasts, Mar Bella Beach is a hotspot for hip bars and restaurants, sunbathing and attracts a young crowd. Find sailing trips along the city’s seafront for the ultimate views of Barcelona’s cultural landscapes or take a kayak for the chance to explore it yourself.

There’s a complex filled with grass fields, fitness rooms and a competition-certified running track. Those who like to explore the Mediterranean’s sea life, take a lesson or two in the local diving centre and gain a SSI scuba diving certificate.

Of course, the option is there to relax beachfront and take advantage of the hot Spanish sun!

Sant Sebastia Beach

Sant Sebastia Beach

Located next to the popular Barceloneta beach, Sant Sebastia is situated next to the main Barcelona port making it easily accessible for all you cruisers out there. There’s more than one kilometre worth of sand and sea and the bustling city centre is just a matter of minutes away.

You’ll spot the legendary W hotel right from your beach towel, along with the rest of Barcelona’s enticing coastline. Being one of the more traditional and older beaches in this Spanish delight,  this was the first of the many to feature water sports and sunbathing facilities.

Tossa De Mar Beach

Tossa De Mar Beach

Just a quick drive out the city centre, Tosse De Mar is a hidden gem in Barcelona, located next to Catalonia town. There’s  nothing quite like the culture and breathtaking beauty here, lounging around on powdered sands with surroundings from the Neolithic period in history.

The beach is pristine and certainly worth the trip and is a great find for those searching for peace and quiet. It’s also the perfect spot for a mix of sunbathing and sightseeing!

Barcelona’s dreamy shores are calling your name – check out our sensational itineraries here.