23 Beach Hotels in Barcelona - Beautiful Sea Views and Swimming Pools (+ Resorts)

23 Fantastic Beach Hotels in Barcelona – Sea Views and Swimming Pools (+ Resorts)

Are you in search for the luxury beach hotels in Barcelona? What are the best beach hotels in Barcelona? A fantastic, juicy question that deserves a complete answer with handpicked recommendations.

After we wrote our big guide on where to stay in Barcelona, the playa lovers asked for more details. Fair enough, here we are. We officially welcome you to your extended guide to the most amazing Barcelona beach resorts and hotels.

It will perfectly suit your trip together with your families, friends and loved ones.

Further down, we list all our recommended hotels and beach resorts in the area. We have visited them and compared them. You can book on Booking.com. It really depends, but not to worry; I added all options for you.

(this guide was updated for 2024)

And to further give you a hand, we have made a map that shows the perfect match of hotels for every kind of traveler. Plus, also included in the map are areas that you should consider.

Most especially for first-time travelers.

Now, here’s a full list of the handpicked recommended places to stay in. Plus, a full guide to Barcelona’s beaches and things to do from there.

Overview of Barcelona’s Beaches + Map

But, first things first:

Question: Which beach district in Barcelona should a first-time traveler stay?

The beach districts in Barcelona are:

  • Barceloneta (in red)
  • La Vila Olimpica (in light purple)
  • Poble Nou (in blue)
  • Diagonal mar y Front Maritim del Poble Nou (in purple)

You can kindly refer to the highlighted areas we recommend on the map below.

(We also added the main sights. Check our guide on how to get around Barcelona)

Now that you know the names of the neighborhoods in Barcelona that have convenient beach access, let us check the actual names.

Here are all the different names:

  • San Sebastià Beach (Platja de Sant Sebastià)
  • La Barceloneta beach
  • Sant Miquel Beach (Platja de Sant Miquel)
  • Somorrostro Beach (Platja del Somorrostro)
  • Nova Icària Beach (Platja de la Nova Icària)
  • Bogatell Beach (Platja del Bogatell)
  • Mar Bella Beach (Platja de la Mar Bella)
  • Beach Nova Mar Bella
  • Llevant Beach (Platja de Llevant)

On the southern part of the beaches you find the harbour. And in the north, the city ends by the iconic Forum. The beaches continues north-wards obviously. Yet, this is not considered Barcelona anymore.

You see, it is quite simple once you narrow it down.

Nevertheless, we fully understand that these districts may not be familiar with you. Thus, you can find a short description of the district below for you to have an idea of the place. 

Overview: Best Beach Hotels in Barcelona

🏖️ Best Beach Hotel:W Hotel
💎 Best Luxury HotelHotel Arts Barcelona
🦸 Best Budget Hotel:Hotel 54 Barceloneta
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Durlet Beach Apartments
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Female Solo-Travelers:Twentytú Hostel
🏖️ Beach Hotel with Infinity Pool:Occidental Atenea Mar – Adults Only.
⭐ Great Design Apartment: Sweet Inn – Villa Olimpica Mediterranean

Our recommended Beach Hotels in Barcelona

Looking for vitamin sea? We are pretty sure that you and your beach soul would certainly love what the Barcelona sea side has to offer.

Aside from your trip to the city, the sea is far from Barcelona’s tourist attractions. Thus, just the perfect way to have a wonderful combination of city and beach holiday with a touch of the Mediterranean Sea.

Therefore, here are our top handpicked accommodations.

Some just right on the beachfront while some near the port. We also included luxury hotels down to your budget hostels and apartments.

Always refer to the map to get a better idea of the location!

All ideal for you to enjoy your trip in all the time of the year especially in summer!

1. Barcelona Hotels (Near the Beach with Pool)

Aside from connecting with the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, here’s a selection of hotels by the beach in Barcelona and hotels that give you endless pool opportunities and offer great services as well.

  1. Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona
  2. H10 Marina
  3. W Hotel Barcelona
  4. Hesperia Barcelona Del Mar
  5. Occidental Atenea Mar – Adults Only
  6. ibis Styles Barcelona City Bogatell
  7. Hotel Arts – 5 Star Luxury Hotels Ritz Carlton

1.1 Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona

Relax in a Mediterranean urban concept at Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona.

The hotel comes with stylish modern rooms featuring wooden floors and adjustable lighting. Plus, each room is equipped with a mini-bar and a bathroom with shower.

What to expect at Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Outdoor pool
  • On-site Bar and Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Sauna and Hot tubs

Moreover, treat yourself with Mediterranean cuisine made with local, fresh and seasonal products at the hotel’s restaurant.

Location: The hotel’s location places you right in the Olympic Port area and near public transportation. Just a 10-minute walk from the hotel is Ciutadella Park and Barcelona Zoo.

On the other hand, kids can also enjoy the children’s pool and kid-friendly buffet during your stay at Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona.

Above all, you can bring your fur babies with you as the hotel accepts pets for guests. They also offer pet bowls and baskets for their convenience.

Book Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona here
Take a dip into Hotel SB Icaria's pool and enjoy the heat
Chill under the stars at Hotel SB Icaria's terrace


1.2 H10 Marina (Skyline Bar)

Stay close to the beach at H10 Marina. This 4-Star Hotel boasts a rooftop pool and sun terrace that offers a wonderful view of the city and the sea.

Moreover, spoil yourself at the spa and get a massage or try its beauty services. You can also use the sauna, steam baths, and the indoor pool as you like.

Amenities you can get at H10 Marina:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Rooftop and Indoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa and Wellness Center

And if you want to satisfy your appetite, you can get your à la carte and tapas meals at the hotel’s Dionissios restaurant. Hence, you can even have them delivered in your rooms.

Location: Just a 10-minute walk to the hotel you will find Bogatell Beach. A great place to find beach bars and restaurants.

Furthermore, grab a drink while you sober with the amazing panoramic sea view of Barcelona at the hotel’s Skyline bar named La Llum bar.

Book H10 Marina Hotel here

Aside from the beach, you can also take a swim at H10 Marina's rooftop pool H10 Marina features room with a balcony that gives a view of the beach If you're not into sunbathing, H10 Marina offers an indoor pool

1.3 W Hotel (Spectacular Sea View)

If you’re looking for a breathtaking view and fabulous sky room, W Hotel should definitely fit in.

A sail-like structure designed by a world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill. The hotel rooms feature avant-garde designs and give a fantastic view of the Mediterranean sea and the city.

Things to expect at W Barcelona Hotel:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Bar and Restaurant
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Babysitting Services
  • Rooftop Pool

On the hotel, you will find an indoor (Wet Deck) and a rooftop pool (Sun Deck). However, you should definitely look forward to their calming rooftop pool that offers an amazing view of the Mediterranean skyline.

Location: If you have plans in the city, the bus stops perfectly right outside the hotel. Moreover, just 20 minutes’ walk from the hotel is the Barceloneta Metro Station.

Another, the hotel offers cuisine from all over the world at the WAVE Restaurant. On the other hand, you can also grab a beer and watch the sun go down at the ECLIPSE rooftop bar.

Additional: Bring your four-legged babies on your Barcelona trip and have them experience a spectacular vacation, too.

They offer the following for your fur babies:

  • Pet Welcome Kit
  • Custom Pet Bed
  • Food and Water Bowls with Floor Mat
  • Pet Toy
  • Dog-Walking Service
Book W Hotel here

Stay close to the beach at the iconic W Hotel Enjoy different cuisines from all over the world at W Hotel's restaurant Have an amazing view of the Mediterranean sea at W Hotel's rooftop pool

1.4 Hesperia Barcelona Del Mar

Just walking distance from the beach and Olympic Port is Hesperia Barcelona Del Mar.

All rooms are decorated in modern Mediterranean colors while some boast fabulous ocean views. With 84 spacious and modern guestrooms, without a doubt, you will have a room that suits you.

Amenities you can use at Hesperia Barcelona Del Mar:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Beachfront
  • Walking and Bike Tours
  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Business Center

Further, enjoy the outdoors of the property. Thus, enjoy your breakfast and lunch in the sun or have dinner under the stars in the hotel’s restaurant. While on the other hand, you can also enjoy a morning coffee or a catch a cold beer at the hostel bar.

Location: Reach Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre within a 5-minute walk from the hotel. While Poble Nou Metro Station only takes you a10-minute walk.

Nonetheless, if you’re still looking forward to trying out other food establishments, you can find plenty around the area.

Book Hesperia Barcelona Del Mar here

At Hesperia Barcelona Del Mar, rooms feature wooden floors and modern design Have a wonderful breakfast and all the other meals of the day at Hesperia Barcelona Del Mar's restaurant

1.5 Occidental Atenea Mar – Adults Only (Infinity Pool)

Find yourself in a rooftop terrace overlooking the sea at Occidental Atenea Mar – Adults Only.

Moreover, take a swim in its infinity pool or get tan in their Balinese beds, hammock or beanbags. You can also get a snack or grab a drink at the bar by the pool. However, it is only available from June to September.

This is a really one of the coolest accommodations in Barcelona for adults enjoying a pool, drinks and hotel ambiance.

What to expect at Occidental Atenea Mar – Adults Only:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Fitness Center
  • Restaurant
  • Business Center
  • Wheelchair Access

Rooms at the hotel are modern and spacious while some offer a view of the city or the ocean. And if you’re traveling with the family, they also have rooms for you.

Location: You can locate the Poble Nou metro stop within a 10-minute walk. Further, the bus stops just opposite the hotel which makes it easy to travel to Barcelona.

Furthermore, for business purposes, they have 5 modular function rooms that can accommodate 400 guests. All equipped with the latest technology in audiovisual and communication equipment.

Book Occidental Atenea Mar here

Have an option of a swimming pool at Occidental Atenea Mar - Adult Only aside from the beach Boost the morning with an inviting breakfast at Occidental Atenea Mar - Adult Only

1.6 ibis Styles Barcelona City Bogatell

Relax through your stay with an ice-cold beer at ibis Styles Barcelona City Bogatell‘s bar. Or feel the fresh Mediterranean vibe in its outdoor pool.

On the other hand, the hotel is very kid-friendly as they offer strollers, kid’s tv channels, board games, and an indoor play area. Thus, your kids will unquestionably won’t get bored.

Amenities you can use at ibis Styles Barcelona City Bogatell:

  • FREE WiFi
  • On-site Coffee Shop
  • Playground
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Furthermore, you will also love the free self-service breakfast buffet offered by the hotel that many guests have commended. You can also try something out at the hotel’s coffee shop.

Location: From the hotel, you will find several near tourist destinations like the Picasso Museum, Barcelona Cathedral, and the Port Olympic marina. Nevertheless, you can reach the city center of Barcelona with just 1 metro stop away.

Similarly, win new friends over a game of ping-pong available at the hotel. Likewise, go biking along the coast line with your travel buddies.

Book ibis Styles Barcelona City Bogatell here

Feel the homely vibes of the kitchen at Ibis Styles Barcelona Bogatell Relax and take a dip at Ibis Styles Barcelona Bogatell's rooftop pool Enjoy a game of ping-pong with other guests at Ibis Styles Barcelona Bogatell

2. Luxury Hotel (Hotel for the stars)

If you’re looking for an extravagant vacation and like to take things to the next level, here is the best selection we have for you.

The 5 star hotel where famous artists like to stay when in Barcelona.

Hotel Arts Barcelona – 5 Star Luxury Hotels Ritz Carlton

Marvel with the stunning and iconic luxury hotel in Barcelona, the Hotel Arts Barcelona.

Spoil yourself in this 5-star hotel located next to Barcelona’s Olympic Port. And of course, why not include yourself to the many famous artists around the world that have stayed in the hotel?

Don’t miss to try its awarded 2 Michelin stars restaurant. This restaurant serves fresh cuisines that reflect the Mediterranean spirit. In the same way, you can also eat among all the other six restaurants located in the hotel.

Take advantage of these amenities at Hotel Arts Barcelona:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Bar and Restaurant
  • Outdoor pools
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center

Moreover, Hotel Arts Barcelona offers a hair salon and various luxury fashion boutiques you can pamper yourself with.

Location: Comparatively, other bars, restaurants, and shops are just around the corner of the hotel. Also, within walking distance from the unit, you will be able to find Ciutadella Park and Barceloneta Beach.

Furthermore, rooms come with a large marble bathroom with a separate bathtub and hydro shower cabin. Even more, it has a panel for lighting, blinds, and music. How cool is that?

Book Hotel Arts Barcelona here

Be amazed with stunning sunset at Hotel Arts Barcelona Get a full view of the famous Ghery's Fish from Hotel Arts' pool Don't miss to try Hotel Arts' 2 Michelin stars Enoteca restaurant

3. Apartments (Near the Beach)

Here’s another selection for you. Below are the best apartments you could get from short to midterm rentals. And of course, not to mention the wonderful views of the sea it has to offer.

  1. Durlet Beach Apartments – Great for Families
  2. Sweet Inn – Villa Olimpica Mediterranean – Design Apartment with sea views
  3. Barcelona Beach Apartments – lovely (yet regular) apartment

3.1 Durlet Beach Apartments (Great for families)

Boasting a rooftop pool open all year long with a view of the sea is Durlet Beach Apartments.

A property that offers apartments that are fully equipped with appliances with a living-dining area. There is also a kitchenette installed with an oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.

What to expect at Durlet Apartments:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Beach-front
  • Rooftop Pool with a view
  • Crib (subject to availability)
  • Fully equipped kitchen

Location: Just a 15-minutes’ walk from the accommodation is the Port Olimpic. A perfect avenue to go for elegant beach bars and popular night clubs.

Likewise, aside from the wonderful facilities, the apartment gives you a vibrant home ambiance with its view of the sea and friendly neighborhood.

However, still, have plans on your check-out day? You can leave your luggage in their office on your check-out day for free.

Book Durlet Apartments here

Chill and relax at Durlet Beach Apartment's rooftop pool Go biking in the friendly neighborhood near the Durlet Beach Apartment At Durlet Beach Apartment, you can take advantage of the fully equipped and furnished

3.2 Sweet Inn – Villa Olimpica Mediterranean – Great Design Apartment (Best Balcony View)

You will find Sweet Inn – Villa Olimpica Mediterranean located in the sweet seaside neighborhood of Poble Nou. Just 9 minutes walk away from the beach.

The apartment offers 2-3 bedrooms with a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony with sea views. Together with, rooms also come with bed linen, towels, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

Amenities at Sweet Inn – Villa Olimpica Mediterranean:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Grocery Deliveries
  • Ironing Service
  • Fully equipped kitchen

Location: You can find the property just right across the street from the famous Arts Hotel (mentioned in the luxury hotels above), the port and beachfront. Moreover, the apartment is also next to many restaurants and the subway station.

Above all, children under 10 years are free of charge.

Book Sweet Inn here

Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at the balcony in Sweet Inn Villa Olympica Have an overlooking view of the Mediterranean sea at your room at Sweet Inn Villa Olympica

3.3 Regular but Lovely Apartment: Barcelona Beach Apartments (Short to mid-term Rentals)

Giving you a great location right in Barceloneta and a 5-minute walk to the beach is Barcelona Beach Apartments.

If you plan to stay longer in Barcelona and want an apartment near the sea, consider this one!

A new and stylish apartment that offers short to mid-term rentals along the fashionable area of Born and the famous Ramblas.

Amenities you can take advantage of at Barcelona Beach Apartments:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Heating
  • Fully equipped kitchen

Each unit offers a fully equipped kitchen, a seating area with a sofa, and a private bathroom. Even more, units are installed with almost everything you need. From flat-screen TV, a microwave, a washing machine, a hairdryer, and even a fridge, an oven and a toaster.

Location: As for the location, the accommodation is close to restaurants, bars, and supermarkets. Public transport is just a 3-5 minute walk from the apartment.

Furthermore, the accommodation features a rooftop-terrace that gives you a view of the sea exclusively for guests.

Book Beach Apartments here

Just 5-minutes walk from Barcelona Beach Apartments you will reach the iconic leaning monument Achieve a good night's sleep in your bed after a long beach day at Barcelona Beach Apartments

4. Budget Options and Hostels

Who said you can’t find a great place to stay when you’re on a budget?

Worry no more because listed below are accommodations that will give you wonderful opportunities beyond you’re budget.

  1. Amistat Beach Hostel BarcelonaAmistat Hostel – Great for Backpackers
  2. Twentytú HostelTwenty Tu Hostel – Great for female solo-travelers
  3. Hotel 54 Barceloneta –  simple budget hotel

4.1 Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona (Ideal for Backpackers)

Engage yourself in exciting opportunities at Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona.

Correspondingly, there’s a handful of activities you can join in the property. They have cooking classes, themed dinners and movie nights. Or similarly, you can occupy your time with walking tours, bar crawls, and bike tours.

You can use these amenities at Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona:

  • FREE Wifi
  • Vending machines
  • Games Room
  • Terrace

Furthermore, dorms come in mixed or female-only and private double rooms. Together with your stay, beds come with an outlet and a reading light. On the other hand, your belongings and stuff can be placed on your locker.

Location: Just a 6-minute walk from the hostel you will find the Poblenou metro. Thus, making it easy to get to the city in no time. Moreover, you can also get to Playa de la Mar Bella in a matter of a few steps.

Equally important, located on-site is a fully equipped kitchen to prepare your foods when you don’t feel like dining out.

Above all, the hostel serves free pasta and gives free walking tours for all its guests. Plus, great news for gamers, there’s a Nintendo Wii available at the hostel.

Book Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona here

Have a bright and lovely room at Amistat Beach Hostel Do sunbathing at the rooftop terrace at Amistat Beach Hostel Fill your days with amazing activities at Amistat Beach Hostel

4.2 Twentytú Hostel (Best for Female Solo-Travelers)

Choose among Twentytú Hostel‘s 62 room designs during your trip to Barcelona. Room options include two to four sleeping capacity.

Aside from being modernly new, the hostel is also an eco-friendly place that has been recognized with the Smart Accommodation prize in 2015.

Amenities at Twentytú Hostel:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Vending Machines
  • Pool Table

Besides, rooms include drawers under the bed for your shoes and luggage. There are also lockers available to safety your things. On the other hand, a key card is given to you as your room access.

Moreover, to maximize your sleep, the intelligent domotic light changes at a specific time during the night.

Want to save more money? There are cheaper hostels around Barcelona. They may not be next to the beach, but therefore cheaper.

Location: If you are into shopping and bar-fun, just a 5-minute walk from the hostel are plenty of clubs and shops. While some famous tourist places are just within 5-10 minutes’ walk such as:

  • Ciutadella Park,
  • L’Auditori Theater
  • Catalan National Theater
  • Arc de Triomf

Similarly, you can find the nearest public transport just a few minutes walk from the hostel. In particular, Marina Metro Station is a 5-minutes walk while Nord Bus Station is 10-minutes.

Tip for party lovers:  The biggest club in Barcelona is in this area – Razzmatazz. Head to Ovella Negra first to have some drinks and make new friends. After, go to the club and party all night long.

Book Twentytu Hostel here

Twentytu Hostel is also a kid-friendly accommodation suited for families Spend the afternoon or the night at Twentytu Hostel's Terrace with your friends Share a meal with new friends at Twentytu Hostel

4.3 Hotel 54 Barceloneta (Your Budget Hotel)

Boasting an overlooking view of the port of Barceloneta, Hotel 54 Barceloneta is your warm hotel with a mixture of elegance and innovation.

Spend time with its amazing terrace that offers a panoramic view of the sea. And while you’re there, why not grab a drink from the bar to fully enjoy its wonderful view?

What to expect at Hotel 54 Barceloneta:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Beachfront
  • On-Site Coffee Shop
  • Shared-lounge

Likewise, fill your trip with the hotel’s activities like walking and bike tours, bar crawls, themed dinners or join a class on local culture.

Location: Located at Barceloneta, you will find yourself surrounded by exciting nightlife, restaurants, gelato shops and stores for shopping.

Additionally, you can reach Barceloneta sea within 3-minutes by foot. While Born district is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Book Hotel 54 Barceloneta here

See the picturesque port right from the balcony at Hotel 54 Barceloneta Enjoy a lovely day with amazing food at Hotel 54 Barceloneta Start your day with a wonderful buffet breakfast at Hotel 54 Barceloneta

5. All the beaches in Barcelona + What to Do

In the beginning, we have already mentioned to you all the playas there are in Barcelona.

Now, to give you a better understanding of each beach, we have made a short description below. Plus, sharing with you all the best things to do in the area.

You will notice that in Catalan a beach is called ‘Platja‘ and ‘Platjes‘ in its plural form. While it is called ‘Playa‘ and ‘Playas‘ in Spanish.

  • San Sebastià (Platja de Sant Sebastià)
  • La Barceloneta
  • Sant Miquel (Platja de Sant Miquel)
  • Somorrostro (Platja del Somorrostro)
  • Nova Icària (Platja de la Nova Icària)
  • Bogatell (Platja del Bogatell)
  • Mar Bella (Platja de la Mar Bella)
  • Beach Nova Mar Bella
  • Llevant (Platja de Llevant)

Again, refer to the map.

5.1 San Sebastià Beach (Platja de Sant Sebastià)

Sant Sebastià is one of the largest and oldest beaches in Barcelona known to be a nudist beach. You will also be able to find here some of the most important sports clubs in the city.

Interestingly, this part has volunteers to help out people with reduced mobility to also have the best time of their holiday near the water. These volunteers use amphibious chairs to help them join water activities.

What to do in San Sebastià:

  • Ride a cable car from Torre Sant Sebastià to Mount Monjuïc
  • Do exciting water activities
  • Join a game of volleyball or other sports

Services you will find the area:

  • umbrellas and deck chairs
  • Showers and public toilets
  • Drinks and ice cream stands
  • Sports area

Go nude in one of Barcelona's nudist beach at San Sebastia Beach Enjoy the sun and meet the sea at San Sebastia Beach

5.2 La Barceloneta

One of the most famous and visited beaches in the city being the nearest of them all. La Barceloneta was also named as the Nº 1 urban beach in the world by National Geographic.

Aside from numerous sports and leisure facilities, tourists can also satisfy their appetites with one of the best seafood restaurants in Barcelona.

Moreover, you can also go to the endless bars located on the beach just meters away from the shore.

What to do in La Barceloneta:

  • Walk to Port Vell de Barcelona (a picturesque port)
  • Go biking in upper Paseo Marítimo (Beach promenade)
  • Have a game of different sports

Services you will find the area:

  • Children’s Playground
  • Showers and public toilets
  • Free WiFi and baggage lockers

Tip: Join a Segway tour along the beach promenade.

Book a 1.5-Hour Segway Tour here

Beat the heat of your summer getaway at La Barceloneta BeachWalk through the golden sands of La Barceloneta Beach

5.3 Sant Miquel (Platja de Sant Miquel)

Located between the Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta beaches is Platja de Sant Miquel. Being near to San Sebastià Beach, you may also see nudists around.

Despite having a small size, Sant Miguel is one of the busiest places on the coast of the city. Offering tourists easy access and leisure activities for enjoyment.

What to do in Sant Miquel:

  • Visit the Sant Miquel del Port Church (where the place took its name)
  • Have a photo-op with “Homenatge a la Barceloneta”, the leaning monument
  • Go sunbathing

Services you will find the area:

  • Showers and public restrooms
  • Sport areas
  • Sunbeds and beach umbrella renting
  • Drinking water fountains

A fun activity to do is paddle surf, especially for sunset or sunrise.

Book 1-Hour Paddle Surfing here

Take a photo of the iconic leaning monument at San Miguel Beach See amazing sand castles on your walk through San Miguel Beach

5.4 Somorrostro (Platja del Somorrostro)

The easiest beach to reach by walking or biking from the city is Somorrostro Beach.

Long before, it used to be a shanty neighborhood of 15,000 people but was later on demolished and was named under Barceloneta. However, it was renamed Somorrostro to commemorate the shanty town in 2010.

What to do in Platja del Somorrostro:

  • Get your guides and tips straight from Centre de la Platja
  • Go to Complex Esportiu Municipal Marítim (seawater swimming pools)
  • Visit hot nightclubs like Opium and Catwalk

Services you will find the area:

  • Adapted showers and public restrooms
  • Children’s play area
  • Gymnastics area
  • volleyball sand courts

Go biking or walking and enjoy the day at Somorrostro Beach Join a game of beach volleyball with the locals and tourists at Somorrostro Beach

5.5 Nova Icària (Platja de la Nova Icària)

The most visited beach by families with children and groups of travelers for having a peaceful ambiance is Platja de la Nova Icària.

Moreover, it puts you close to the Olympic port that makes traveling easy. You will also find a great variety of cafes and restaurants in the area as well as sports facilities.

Furthermore, you will find a playground and a ping-pong table by the Bogatell breakwater and two volleyball courts near the Olympic Harbour.

What to do in Nova Icària:

  • Do water activities at Centre Municipal de Vela (Municipal Sailing Centre)
  • Play volleyball with the locals
  • Relax on the quiet beach

Services you will find the area:

  • Adapted showers and public toilets
  • Support staff and amphibious chairs
  • umbrellas and deck chairs
  • Sports area

Ride on a saddle and go biking along Nova Icaria Beach Hava an Instagramic photo on Nova Icaria Beach' chairs

5.6 Bogatell (Platja del Bogatell)

You will find Platja del Bogatell situated between the Nova Icària and Mar Bella beaches. This is the left side of the Olympic Port that has been most visited by the older generations.

On the beach, you will see a football pitch and a volleyball court at the far end by the Mar Bella breakwater.

Moreover, during the night, you will find an amazing nightlife around the beach. You might want to check our Shoko, Catwalk, and Opium in particular.

What to do in Bogatell:

  • See Gehry’s “Golden fish”
  • Try beach football
  • Go biking around the beach

Services you will find the area:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Bicycle parking
  • Children’s games area
  • Adapted showers, public toilets and changing rooms

Say hello to the Mediterranean sea and golden sand at Bogatell Beach Grab an ice cream and beat the heat at Bogatell Beach

5.7 Mar Bella (Platja de la Mar Bella)

Comparative to Bogatell, this is the party frequently visited by the younger generations. Even more, you will be able to find a designated nudist area in Mar Bella Beach.

On the higher part of the promenade (Passeig Marítim), you can use its basketball hoop, a skateboard rink, and a ping-pong table.

Good to know: Mar Bella is a nudist beach.

What to do in Mar Bella:

  • Try out water activities at Base Nàutica Municipal de la Mar Bella
  • Go sporty over Complex Esportiu Municipal Mar Bella
  • Experience diving at Vanas Dive
  • Go nude

Services you will find the area:

  • umbrellas and deck chairs
  • Showers and public toilets
  • Nudist point

Join in a friendly beach volleyball game at Mar Bella Beach Go sporty over Complex Esportiu Municipal Mar Bella

5.8 Nova Mar Bella

Nova” in Catalan simply means “new“. So you guessed it, this is the newer Mar Bella.

This is the all-time beach favorite of the locals in Sant Martí. Aside from it attracts fairly young people, women find Nova Mar Bella the beach of their choice.

Just like Mar Bella, Nova Mar Bella is also a product of the urban renewal that took place for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

What to do in Nova Mar Bella:

  • Visit xiringuitos or bars
  • Play beach volleyball and table tennis
  • Get a tan

Services you will find the area:

  • library
  • Showers and public toilets
  • Bicycle parking areas
  • Drinks and ice cream kiosks

Watch the sun set at Nova Mar Bella Beach Fill your feet with the golden sand at Nova Mar Bella Beach

5.9 Llevant (Platja de Llevant)

Located next to Nova Mar Bella you will find Llevant. The newest beach in Barcelona’s coastline created in 2006.

This place got its name in “Llevant” which means ‘east’ in Catalan since its located in the easternmost part.

It is usually less crowded compared to all the other areas. Maybe because it is a little further away from the city.

What to do in Llevant Beach:

  • Take a walk to Monumento Els Pylons de Salou (Pylons)
  • Go biking along the beach
  • Relax at the park
  • Have a photo-op with the letters SALOU

Services you will find the area:

  • Children’s play areas
  • Sports and water sports area
  • Showers and public toilets
  • Bicycle parking
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Have you children play at the kid's playground at Llevant Beach A little further away from the city you will be able to find Llevant Beach

6. Best Beach Resorts near Barcelona

If you’re looking to stay outside Barcelona, we got you covered. There is plenty of great places to stay. Here are our handpicked recommendations of beach resorts in and near Barcelona.

First things first: There is no resorts IN Barcelona as the city. This is actually not a thing here.

But, I had a closer look. And as it turns out, there is a bunch of fun resorts near Barcelona. Great for families and friends who enjoy being close to the city and the luxury of a resort.

Guaranteed to give you the best of your holidays with a combination of a tour of the city and a touch of the sea from outside Barcelona. So, here we go:

(I added all resorts as well in the map. Please zoom out to see the Barcelona resorts.)

6.1 Le Meridien Ra

If you’re looking to stay at Costa Daurada ( Catalan Gold coast), the Le Meridien Ra in El Vendrell is your best choice.

You will find this luxury resort set on the Costa Daurada’s golden Sant Salvador Beach. A great place to reward your body and have a wonderful Barcelona Beach getaway.

Amenities include:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Private Beach Area
  • Spa and Wellness Packages
  • Indoor Pool
  • Beauty Services

Moreover, pamper yourself with its spa experience that has been inspired by centuries-old traditions of European spa cultures. Recharge your body with its exclusive body and facial treatments or similarly spoil yourself with its beauty services.

Location: From the hotel, you will be able to reach Barcelona City Center in 45-minutes drive. On the other hand, it is located at Salvador Beach puts you close to many restaurants, local bars, and shopping centers.

Furthermore, if you are traveling with the whole family, the hotel offers various activities and amenities that all the members of the family will surely have a place.

Kids will certainly love and appreciate the kids club where they get to enjoy the use of the playhouse and engage in workshops. Additionally, teens can go scuba diving, kayaking, paddle surfing, or do football and volleyball.

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Love the sun and the sand at Le Meridien RA Hotel's beachfront Get a panoramic view of the Mediterranean sea at Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa Spoil yourself at the spa at Le Meridien RA Beach Hotel & Spa

6.2 Hotel Aiguablava (Amazing Sea View in Costa Brava)

Fall in love with the breathtaking bays of Fornells and Aiguablava during your stay at Hotel Aiguablava.

Located in the famous Costa Brava, you will find this amazing Hotel with sea views.

Enjoy being surrounded by beaches with crystal clear water and golden sand. Even more, spoil yourself with a picturesque setting of coves, rocks and pine trees.

You can use these amenities at Hotel Aiguablava:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Bar and Restaurant
  • Library
  • Playground

Furthermore, try out its classic and seasonal Catalan cuisine served at the hotel restaurant. Plus, don’t miss out to experience their fresh seafood along with the amazing view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Location: You can reach the town of Begur in 10-minutes by car. Comparatively, you can also find plenty of small bays and secluded beaches around the property.

The hotel has everything for everybody. Thus, they offer numerous activities and facilities to make the most of your trip. They have a library, a children’s playground, a volleyball, tennis and table tennis court that the kids and the whole family can use.

Moreover, you can also join water activities like diving and snorkeling or go hiking and fishing.

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Have a taste of Hotel Aiguablava's dish and cuisines through their restaurant Without a doubt that you'll love the view of the bays of Aiguablava Appreciate the sun and take a dip at Hotel Aiguablava's pool Relax through the night at Hotel Aiguablava's deck

6.3 Arenas Resort Giverola Palas Pineda

Go exploring on a boat trip or see historic sites of Tossa de Mar in your stay at Arenas Resort Giverola Palas Pineda.

Immerse yourself in this little paradise where the hills meet the sea.

Expect these amenities at Arenas Resort Giverola Palas Pineda:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Bar and Restaurant
  • Beachfront

While at the resort, get to do various sports and leisure opportunities that you will surely love. Traveling with the family?

Don’t you worry. They have something for everyone.

In particular, the kids can take advantage of its water sports facilities, kid’s pool, playground and games room. Even more, the family can also do activities like evening entertainment, animation staff, or go hiking, biking, diving, and canoeing.

Location: You can locate the resort in the beautiful nature conservation area of the Costa Brava coastline. And if you want to visit Girona, it’s just 45-minutes’ drive away. On the other hand, you can reach Barcelona Airport in 90 minutes drive.

Furthermore, don’t miss out on their very reputable half-board evening buffet that has been loved by so many guests. Likewise, satisfy your appetite with their amazing food and a stunning view of the sea especially at night.

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Take advantage of the pool with a view of the sea at Arenas Resort Giverola Lay down by the beach and get your tan at Arenas Resort Giverola A kid's pool is offered for families traveling with their children at Arenas Resort Giverola

6.4 Estival Park (9 Amazing Pools)

One of the most complete establishment you will find in the Mediterranean shore is Estival Park.

From the kids to the adults, without a doubt, the resort has something in it for you. All types of travelers and all members of the family certainly have a place in the resort.

Just a few of the many amenities you get to use at Estival Park:

  • FREE WiFi
  • 9 Pools
  • Fitness Center
  • Sports Center
  • Spa Center
  • Bars and Restaurants

Generally, you won’t run out of things to do in this resort. They have a hand-full of activities to participate in and a long list of facilities you can try.

From sports facilities to the wellness center, from children’s play areas to adult golf courses, you will find it in the property.

Location: Reach the famous water parks like Aquopolis and PortAventura in just 15 minutes drive from the resort. Additionally, you’ll be able to go to Racó Beach in La Pineda within 5-minutes’ by foot.

However, with most of everything made available at the resort, you are already in for more fun and adventure.

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Choose among Estival Park's 9 different pool to beat the heat Children will love the playground and kid's pool at Estival Park Walk through the Estival Park and appreciate its amazing facilities

6.5 Voramar Cambrils

Offering a wide variety of services to make sure you have the most of your vacation to Cambrils is Voramar Cambrils.

The hotel offers large bright apartments that come with big terraces with a view of the pool or the sea. Likewise, you can also find a well-equipped kitchenette and a private bathroom.

Amenities you can use at Voramar Cambrils:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Bathhouse
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Playground
  • Games Room
  • Massage Center

Furthermore, the hotel makes sure each guest is more than satisfied thus offering daily varied entertainment program from the kids to the adults. Even more, kids are guaranteed to take home a lot of great memories from their many activities.

Location: Voramar Cambrils is located in the peaceful area of Costa Dorada with 5 minutes walk to Vilafortuny Beach. However, most of the closest landmarks would require getting to a bus or a car.

Even more, having been placed in the gastronomic capital, get to taste recipes that have been passed through generations. Satisfy your appetite with its seasonal cuisine throughout the year.

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You will find Voramar Cambrils very child-friendly with their many exciting amenities Voramar Cambrils features many opportunities for the kids Bring your kids and have a wonderful holidays at Voramar Cambrils

6.6 Tropic Park (Ideal for Families)

Stay in a 4-star hotel located in front of the beach of the beautiful Malgrat de Mar, Costa de Barcelona. Tropic Park gives you an ideal place for families with the best-guaranteed price. It is one of the best Barcelona beach hotels for families. 

Enjoy the wonderful sea view and exciting activities giving you the best of your stay in Malgrat de Mar.

What you can expect at Tropic Park:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Buffet Restaurant
  • Sea Terrace
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna

Moreover, Tropic Park being ideal for families offer a wide range of fun opportunities for your children. They feature a kid’s pool, mini club, children’s outdoor park and activities to keep them busy.

Even more, spend time in its 4 pools, a gym, and a sauna to relax and pamper yourself.

Location: Just a few minutes’ walk, you can find the train station near the hotel. An easy way to get on a trip to Barcelona.

On the other hand, there are also great attractions you could see in the city. To mention a few, you got the rise of the Castle Hill, the Francesc Macià park, and the old garden of the birthplace of Zenòbia Camprubí, wife of the Nobel Prize winner Juan Ramón Jiménez.

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Have a night swimming in your stay at Tropic Park From Tropic Park's rooftop pool, you see the panoramic view of the sea Satisfy your kids with the buffet meals with candies at Tropic Park

6.7 Camping & Resort Sangulí Salou (Family Glamping and Mobile Homes)

Boasting family glamping in the heart of Costa Daurada, located on the shores of the Mediterranean is Camping & Resort Sangulí Salou.

Choose to stay among its different accommodations in the form of pitches, bungalows, mobile homes, villas or lodges and tents.

Amenities you can use at Camping & Resort Sangulí Salou:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Camper Vans
  • Electric train ‘Trenet’
  • Car Wash
  • Bike Rentals

Among others, celebrate each meal through its many bars and restaurants that serve local and international cuisines. Plus, they also have children’s menus, gluten-free menus, and rich desserts.

Location: Find a great adventure in the PortAventura World. A theme park very close to the hotel. Moreover, go with nature in places near the property like the Priorat or the Delta de l’Ebre.

Above all, the hotel is very wheelchair friendly enables people with reduce mobility to enjoy its facilities with all possibilities.

Kids have a great variety of pools to choose from at Camping Resort Sanguli Salou Take the playground course together with your kids at Camping Resort Sanguli Salou Try a new style of spending the holidays through glamping and bungalow at Camping Resort Sanguli Salou Offering an exciting adventure through the slides is Camping Resort Sanguli Salou

6.8 Masd Mediterraneo Hotel Apartamentos Spa (closest to Barcelona)

Reach Masd Mediterraneo Hotel Apartamentos Spa in just 15 minute’s drive from Barcelona.

Generally, the hotel boasts a bar and a restaurant where you can get a buffet breakfast and all the other meals of the day.

And if by chance that you want to try out something aside from the hotel food, you can find plenty of other bars, restaurants, and cafes around the hotel.

Take advantage of these amenities in your stay at Masd Mediterraneo Hotel Apartamentos Spa:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Beachfront
  • Bar and Restaurant
  • Vending Machines
  • Spa and Wellness Center

Moreover, enjoy its daily activities of live music and performances or join its themed dinner nights.

Location: The hotel puts you in an ideal location for water sports and activities with children. Similarly, the area is great to swim in the calm waters of the Mediterranean, sunbathe or simply just go strolling along the beach.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for historic places to visit, the city of Castelldefels has more to offer. You can pay a visit to Castelldefels Castle, Guaita Towers, and Mannor Houses.

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A wonderful summer holiday is waiting for you at Masd Mediterraneo Hotel Some rooms at Masd Mediterraneo Hotel offer a view of the Mediterranean sea Have a room next to the pool at Masd Mediterraneo Hotel

Beach Districts in Barcelona

In the earlier part of the guide, we have already tackled about four beach districts in Barcelona. Particularly, these were:

  • Barceloneta (in red)
  • La Vila Olimpica (in light purple)
  • Poble Nou (in blue)
  • Diagonal mar y Front Maritim del Poble Nou (in purple)

(please open the left sidebar. Here you can activate the different layers. It will help you to only see the districts.)

Barceloneta (Romantic and narrow)

Located in the former fishermen town and now one of the most famous neighborhoods in Barcelona is Barceloneta.

However, behind its high demand and best-loved beaches is a classic history of fishermen that lived in pretty rough conditions.

Today, still having the charm of the old town, it is now filled with some of the best seafood restaurants in the city

Highlights of Barceloneta:

  • Most renowned and most visited beaches
  • Museu d’Història de Catalunya (Barcelona’s clock tower)
  • Cable cars to Miramar gardens
  • Maremagnum shopping center
  • Barcelona Aquarium

One of the most visited and most famous beach district in Barcelona is Barceloneta More than just an amazing day, Barceloneta offers an amazing night life too Aside from the amazing activities, Barceloneta gives you an amazing view of the Mediterranean sea

Poble Nou (New Town)

Poble Nou was a former industrial district. From old factories and warehouses to elegant buildings and cafes, truly it is now a dynamic combination of the old and new.

Today, I love to come here for the coolest hipster cafés, nightlife as well as my favorite brunch Place Can Dende.

Highlights of Poblenou:

  • Barcelona’s Design Hub
  • Encants Vells (Barcelona’s most ancient flea market)
  • Rambla Poblenou
  • Poblenou Cemetery
  • Glòries Shopping Center

Be amaze with many graffiti arts along Poblenou

Villa Olimpica

Villa Olímpica, from its name itself, was originally built to house the athletes for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

Later on, the neighborhood was turned into one of the city’s residential district with still a touch of the industrial market in the area.

Today, Villa Olimpica is now home to the main campus of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona’s third-largest university) and one of the most interesting buildings of UPF library (housed in Dipòsit de Les Aigües).

Highlights in Villa Olimpica:

  • Torre Mapfre
  • Frank Gehry’s Fish (a giant goldfish overlooking the sea)
  • Platja de Nova Icària
  • Urban Marina of Port Olimpic (site of the sailing events during the Olympic Games)

Today, you will see Villa Olimpica as a residential district with a touch of the old industrial sector

Packing List

There are a few things we recommend for your packing list in Barcelona. Sun cream and a sun umbrella should be on your bag if you wanna spend some time on the beach.

Sun block is important even when you are not going planning to chill only at the beach.

To make things easier, don’t forget to bring:

The standard voltage in Spain is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Spain. if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V. The easiest way to be sure you will be able to plug all your electronics and charge them is to have a travel plug adapter. That way, no matter where you travel, make sure you carry one.

When going to the beach, a beach towel or sarong is a must. I personally prefer a sarong due to its lightness. You can also convert your sarong into a scarf, a skirt…

Barcelona is safe but there are many thieves around the city, even on the beach. Most of them concentrate in the Barceloneta beach, which is the most famous one in the city. Nevertheless, please pay attention to your belongings and never go on the water leaving your stuff unattended. Be sure one of the group stay with the belongings. If traveling alone, ask to other travelers or locals to have a look at your belongings.

We know it is obvious, but many people forget this important item! Bring a sun cream with you, in case you forget it, many supermarkets around the city will sell you sun cream. At least but +30 Block sun cream.

For those willing to connect with locals and have conversations, a conversation guide in Spanish or Catalan will be useful. In Barcelona, you will hear Spanish and Catalan. If you already know Spanish and you think you don’t understand that accent might be because it is Catalan… Worry not! If you ask locals for indications in Spanish they will answer you in Spanish. Most people are bilingual.

Young generations learn English at school, so if you don’t want to practice Spanish just ask young people or people working in bars/ restaurants…

Nowadays, we use our cell phones for everything: communicate through Whatsapp or calls, take photos, use the GPS… Therefore, a portable charger will give you independence to use your cell phone as much as you want ant still have battery.

Optional but always useful:

Best way ever to pack a suitcase with no doubt… Packing cubes help you organize your clothes as well as maintain the dirty and clean clothes separate to each other.

Take your good camera and make your holidays memorable! Photos are the best way to be able to relive your holiday experiences again and again…

You will find many drinkable fountains around the city, however, you won’t see many locals using them. Why? Might you wonder… Well, many dogs drink from those fountains, which makes it not appealing to many people, as some of the animals lick the faucet.

For those sensible to the light… I always recommend to bring a sleeping mask. Actually, it is also useful for the plane.

Safety tips for the beach

Barcelona is definitely safe, though there are a lot of pickpockets.

You don’t have to worry about your physical safety (violent crime is rare), but many a visitor has had their wallet or cell phone disappear in Barcelona. Especially distracted tourists are a popular target.

The main attractions are the “usual” place to take special care of your belongings. Including Barcelona beach!

Here are some tips for making sure you have a nice day at the beach:

  • Only take the essentials out with you.
  • Never leave your belongings unattended – That includes leaving your bag on the towel while going into the water!
  • Have your wallet preferable under your head while sunbathing and not nearby your feet.
  • In general, place your towel near other tourists and/ or locals
  • Use your common sense, and you should be fine.


What articles do you recommend for planning a trip to Barcelona?

We recommend reading our articles on day trips from Barcelona, things to do at night, and how to get around for comprehensive planning.

Are all tourist attractions in Barcelona accessible by public transport?

Most of Barcelona's major tourist attractions are well-connected by public transport. However, it's advisable to check the specific location in advance.

What is the best time of year to visit Barcelona?

Barcelona is a year-round destination, but many find spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) to be the most pleasant periods to visit due to moderate temperatures and fewer crowds.

What local dishes should I try in Barcelona?

Don't miss out on trying traditional Catalan dishes such as 'paella', 'tapas', and 'crema catalana'.

What are some top beachfront hotels with a pool in Barcelona?

Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona, H10 Marina, and W Hotel Barcelona are all beachfront hotels boasting luxurious pools. These hotels not only provide stunning sea views but also allow guests to take a refreshing dip in the pool.


So, you’ve read our tips, you’ve taken notes, and you’re ready to hit the sunny beaches of Barcelona – fantastic!

In a nutshell, whether you’re a Barcelona newbie or a seasoned wanderer in this vibrant city, consider this guide your trusty companion. We’re here to ensure you have a safe, fun-filled, and remarkable Barcelona experience.

Last but not least, please find below all our articles about the Catalan capital.

Keep exploring our guides for even more Barcelona delights! We highly recommend you to read:

More questions?

We are keen to share here our best insider tips for Barcelona. We introduce you to the different neighborhoods, different accommodations, and beach district to fulfill your getaway to Barcelona. Looking for affordable accommodation? Watch out for our guide on the cheap beach hotels in Barcelona.

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