The urban beaches of Barcelona
total more then 4km. Starting with the older beaches near the W hotel they proceed along the coast. Backed by a promenade that allows you to walk the entire length of beaches. At times the beaches seem to meld into each other. Flowing in a seamless way.
Urban beaches aren't remote isolated deserted beaches by their very nature. Don't expect to be alone. Don't be surprised to have people near you . Or to have people playing volleyball. Enjoy the company and the related chaos. If on the other hand you demand solitude then reconsider going to a city beach.
Before heading out to the beach remember to pack a few things. A beach towel , water and sunscreen being obvious . The beaches do tend to have bars selling food and drink. You'll also face the occasional illegal seller who are easy enough to ignore. In some areas loungers can be rented for the day but you don't need to.
If you've forgotten to pack a towel Decathlon.es has a large store in the city centre. They sell everything from towels to swimsuits and anything else you might want for a day at the beach. The price range starts at the cheap end and goes up with quality. But if you only need something for the day the cheapest are usually more then good enough
Sant Sebastià starts the list of beaches. The stretch from Sant Sebastia to Barceloneta is closests to the touristy parts of the city. Early in the morning the beaches are still mostly locals without huge crowds. Later in the day the crowds increase. If you want an a more relaxed experience best to arrive early
There are a couple of websites from official Barcelona providing information on the beaches
Is the tourist website. Providing information on far more then just the beaches.
Is the city website. Also providing a range of information but geared less to tourists and more to locals.
Both websites are offered in English .