Things to do in Barceloneta Beach

You there! Are you planning your trip to Barcelona? If so, you're in luck. There's so much to do and see in the sunny city; there'll never be a dull moment. However, if you're looking to take a break from all the food, culture, and exploring, why not take a stroll to the beach? Barcelona has some great beaches, but its best-known has to be Barceloneta. And why is that? Well, because there are so many things to do there! What things, you ask? Well, read on, and we'll tell you just that. Here's our guide to the best things to do in Barceloneta.

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Barceloneta is a beach, so, of course, you'll be free to lay a towel down and soak up some sweet sun. At nearly 1,400ft in length, you're sure to find a spot too. It is worth noting that Barceloneta is known to be on the livelier side of Barcelona's beaches, so if you're hoping to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, it might be worth taking some headphones and heading there earlier in the day. That way, you're likely to get the best spot too. Also worth saying that the beach has pretty good wifi throughout if you want to get gramming or watch an episode or two on the sand. However, if you are looking to engage in things of a more lively nature...


Yes, Barceloneta has a party side too. Groups of party-seekers will often put on some tunes, open some cold drinks, and celebrate through to the early hours. Surely one of them will welcome you with open arms. So, if you've an itch for good times, be sure to check out the beach's goings-on. It may well be scratched. Just remember to stay hydrated, so you don't feel too bad the following day.

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Cool off with a drink

Speaking of nightlife, you'll find a healthy heaping of it at the many bars that line the horizon like a boozy, enticing mirage. They're sure to offer little nibbles to keep you going, but you'll really want a refreshing cocktail to cool off. You can even get it to go and take it to your towel, so you can sip in the sun. It doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Sample the local cuisine

As well as the many bars that dot the beachside, you'll also find plenty of restaurants and pop-ups to satisfy your hunger. Expect a healthy helping of seafood with Mediterranean tapas, paired with a delicious red wine. Or, just go out on a traditional paella. After a day of beaching or simply exploring the area surrounding Barceloneta, what better way to refuel? Spain's cuisine is known worldwide for its healthiness and heartiness, so what's stopping you?

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Get active

As the water is right there, why not try out some ocean activities while you're at Barceloneta? There's usually windsurfing , kitesurfing and bodyboarding on offer, and if you're an enthusiast, feel free to bring your own gear and go your own way. Or, if you'd rather keep your feet firmly on the dry land, you'll find volleyball nets to strut your stuff, beach tennis, ping pong and even an entire area for gymnastics! The perfect answer if you've had a few too many delicious cocktails during your stay!

Go exploring

Barceloneta isn't just the beach's name; it's also the name of the seaside town surrounding it. For centuries, Barceloneta was a fishing village that brought a lot of seafood into the Catalan capital. The village itself supposedly inspired the great author Cervantes; the fight between the titular Don Quixote and the Knight takes place in a fishing village eerily similar to Barceloneta. Take a stroll into the town, and you'll be mesmerized by the colorful buildings, cobbled streets, and beautiful flora. Head in during the evening to see local patrons eating, drinking, and enjoying the ambiance. Why not join them for a few?

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Take a walk

Given the beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea, why not simply take a stroll to drink it all in? There's plenty of sand to wander, and even more sights await you past the beach. For the culturally-minded, there's L'Estel Ferit, a fantastic sculpture that translates to 'the wounded shooting star'. Quite the sight, even in a city full of interesting architecture and art. Speaking of architecture, you can even wander to W Barcelona, a fin-shaped marvel designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. Part hotel, part rooftop bar, it definitely deserves a look-in if you're partial to a rooftop cocktail or two!

Get historical

Speaking of things to do in Barceloneta, the beach hides many things beyond its golden sand. Check out Port Vell and gaze upon the myriad yachts and boats that line the coast. You might not be able to afford one, but you can certainly look at them and pretend. Alternatively, you'll also find Museu d'Historia de Catalunya here. The museum, which charts the history of Catalonia, will give you an insight into the history, culture, and politics of Barcelona and the surrounding area throughout time. And when we say throughout time, we mean all time. Beginning in the Palaeolithic era, all the way through to the present day, you'll learn a lot. Then, end your visit with the amazing views from the museum's terrace!

And that's our list of the best things to do at Barceloneta beach! Be sure to pack some sunscreen and enough spending money to make the most of your visit! Are you looking for more suggestions to make your trip to Barcelona one to remember? We've got you covered. Why not check out some of the other beaches the city has to offer? Or, get your Gaudi on with the best walking tours for fans of the trailblazing architect. Alternatively, try out one of the many art galleries and museums commemorating Spain's rich culture. And finally, are you spending the weekend in Barcelona? Here's our guide to making the most of your short stay. Until next time!

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