If you ask a local for the best beaches in Barcelona you will surely skip Barceloneta and you will be encouraged to take the train. That does not mean that Barcelonians do not enjoy the sea in their city, but we do tend to look for more quiet environments.
Also, many of the locations are so close that you can go back and forth in just one morning. That's why at Fisa Rentals Apartments we suggest you make different day trips and live an unforgettable summer.
The best beaches in Barcelona: nearby, beautiful and quiet
In the surroundings of Barcelona, the beaches are distinguished between those that are towards South, in the direction of Tarragona (Costa Daurada), and those that remain at the North, in the Montgat area, or a little further away, in the incomparable Costa Brava. Which one do you prefer?
Gavà, Castelldefels, Garraf and Sitges, by order of proximity to Barcelona (25 to 45 minutes by train), are some of the sea villages closest to the city and very charming.
During the last years, the Prat beach, near the airport and close to the Parc del Riu Llobregat, has also become very popular. A recently recovered natural environment and highly recommended to spend a day with children. However, the connection by public transport is not very good so, in this case, it would be convenient to travel by private vehicle.
Pros: in the beaches at the south are usually sunnier than in the ones in the north.
Of all the list, Sitges is one of the most beautiful villages. In addition to its great cuisine and leisure, highlights the historical case of modernist style and the streets full of shops and old fishermen's houses.
Cons: the waters are not so transparent.
How to get there: with line R2 of Renfe Rodalies (although not all trains stop at "El Garraf").
You can leave from Sants, Passeig de Gràcia, Estació de França and El Clot Aragó.
Until Castelldefels, the T10 serves an area that you will use to move around the city, from Castelldefels Playa, the rate goes up.
They leave trains very frequently.
As we follow the Catalan coast towards North, the waters become more transparent until we reach the Costa Brava, famous for its spectacular coves surrounded by pine trees and mountains.
The train only gets to Blanes. To move further: Lloret de Mar (away from the most touristic points there are also spectacular beaches), Tossa de Mar, Sant Antoni de Calonge, Palamós, etc., you will have to take the bus.
If you do not want to go that far, the Montgat area (35 minutes) is also very advisable, just like Ocata (40 minutes), Premià de Mar (1h) or Sant Pol (1h 14 minutes).
Pros: the train stops leave you on the beach and you get off where you get off, it's usually surprising how clean the sea is.
Cons: You'll have to spend more time on the train.
How to get there: to Blanes with the R1 line of Renfe Rodalies.
You can take it in Sants, Plaza de Cataluña, Arc de Triomf or El Clot-Aragó.
The T10 of a zone only serves until Montgat Nord.
They leave trains quite frequently.
To get beyond Blanes by public transport, the Sarfa buses are very good, which are taken at the Estació del Nord (near the metro line 1 with a stop at Arc de Triomf).
Beaches and gastronomy
Besides spending the day in a beautiful and quiet environment, one of the added benefits of visiting the best beaches near Barcelona, is the opportunity to taste the most authentic seafood cuisine in the sand and at a much more acceptable price than the city .
Of course, if you already know where you want to go, it is best to book in advance, as the most famous places are usually overcrowded during the hottest days.
We recommend ordering the most authentic paellas and the fried fish of the day with a cold bottle of white wine. If you can escape during the week, in some restaurants you will be able to eat a menu for very little money.
Both in Barcelona and on the surrounding beaches, the presence of jellyfish is not uncommon. As a result, before leaving home it is a good idea to check the status of the beaches online. For a more frequent use, the Catalan Water Agency (ACA) has developed a mobile application in which it reports in real time the daily condition of the sea.
And the final advice: if you want to have all the sand for you, first thing in the morning and at the end of the afternoon the beaches are usually quite lonely, also avoiding the hottest hours.