Barcelona is blessed with a stretch of beaches, across 4.5 Kms, bordering the city. The best beaches are up north, away from the city centre. The impressive 1.6-kilometer-long Barceloneta beach is the closest beach to Barcelona. Barceloneta is an urban beach. It does get crowded, water is not always turquoise blue and sand does get littered. That said, it is still one of the best urban beaches, a fact acknowledged by National Geographic.
Barceloneta beach is easily accessible : It is only a 15 to 20 minutes walk from the city center, or 10 minutes on the metro train. Given the easy accessibility, it is not important to stay at a hotel near the beach. But if you insist, take a look at our list which shortlists the best beach hotels in Barcelona.
The summer beach season in Barcelona is from mid-April to end September. Barcelona beach hotels are in great demand in summer. Please do make your reservations early.