Over the last decade, Barcelona’s platjas (beaches) have improved and multiplied in number. Barceloneta’s southwestern end is the Platja de Sant Sebastià, followed northward by the platjas de Sant Miquel, Barceloneta, Passeig Marítim, Port Olímpic, Nova Icària, Bogatell, Mar Bella (the last football-field length of which is a nudist enclave), La Nova Mar Bella, and Llevant.
The Barceloneta beach is the most popular stretch, easily accessible by several bus lines, notably the No. 64 bus and by the L4 metro stop at Barceloneta or at Ciutadella–Vil.la Olímpica. The best surfing stretch is at the northeastern end of the Barceloneta beach, while the boardwalk itself offers miles of runway for walkers, bicyclers, and joggers.
Platja de Sant Sebastià
If you want a beach close to the action of the city, this is a perfect
spot. Sant Sebastià is the most southern beach you will find along the
4.5km stretch of sand, and one of the closest to the centre of the city.
Platja de la Barceloneta
It is 422 metres long and is one of the oldest beaches with the longest
tradition in the city. It scores ten out of ten for location (less than
ten minutes walk from Metro Barceloneta) and is well equipped with
restaurants and bars.
Platja de la Nova Icària
One of Barcelona’s most popular beaches, this strand is just east of the
Olympic Port with the full range of entertainment, restaurant, and
refreshment venues close at hand. (Mango and El Chiringuito de Moncho
are two of the most popular restaurants.) The beach is directly across
from the neighborhood built as the residential Olympic Village for
Barcelona’s 1992 Olympic Games, an interesting housing project that has
now become a popular residential neighborhood.
Platja de la Mar Bella
This beach is a lot quieter than the ones further down the coastline
nearer the centre of the city. Its peacefulness is probably the main
attraction of this beach.