Best beach for kids in Barcelona

Wondering where to find the best beach for kids in Barcelona? You sure do if you are travelling during the summer months, but believe me, if your trip is outside summer time you can still enjoy Barcelona’s waterfront. You should consider a day at a beach as a serious option from May to October and a real possibility all year round.

Bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, the Barcelona’s shoreline is blessed with almost 5 km of golden sand beaches and quiet shallow waters. One of the hot spots for visitors and locals in Barcelona, they are ideal for fun family time.

Lifeguard at Barcelona beach

Lifeguard at Barcelona beach

All beaches in Barcelona have accessible paths for wheelchairs and strollers as well as showers and public toilets. They have lifeguard and safety during the summer months and options for entertainment in all of them. In most you can rent loungers or sun umbrellas

Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta beach, oldest and most famous of all

Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta beaches are the oldest beaches in Barcelona. Sant Sebastià is one of the biggest, with a length of around 660 meters while Barceloneta expands 422 meters. They are both very close to Barcelona’s old town. Convenient location that makes them also the most crowded beaches. They are full of tourists and locals alike, and you should be aware of pickpockets there.

Seafront promenade in Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta

Seafront promenade in Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta

They are a perfect place for entertainment. There’s a colourful mélange of people, young and old, local and foreign. In both beaches, you will find playground areas for the kids and at Barceloneta there are also volleyball courts. Both beaches are connected by a convenient seafront promenade. Along the shore, you will find some great seafood eateries and other restaurants. It´s a good option for entertainment but if you are seeking for a quiet moment, then better keep looking.

How to get there: Metro line 4 (yellow) – Barceloneta and Ciutadella

Sant Miquel beach, close to the city centre

Sheltered by Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta beach, Sant Miquel beach stretches over 400 meters. It’ probably seen by most visitors as part of Barceloneta and it’s just has the same flavour. As all other urban beaches, Sant Miquel has public toilets and showers, as well as accessible paths for wheelchairs and strollers. It’s conveniently located close to the city centre.

How to get there: Metro line 4 (yellow) – Barceloneta and Ciutadella

Nova Icaria beach , family friendly in Barcelona

Close to the Olympic Marina, Nova Icaria is probably a better option than Barceloneta when it comes to visiting with kids. Nova Icaria, even if still busy, is one of the quietest beaches in Barcelona and it has a good array of restaurants and bars to choose from. Even the most picky ones can find a place to eat there. Also, Nova Icaria beach is close to Icaria shopping centre with English-language cinema. A good option to spend the evening with the kids after a day full of activity at the beach.

Playground area at the beach, Barcelona

Playground area at the beach, Barcelona

As entertainment at the beach itself, besides swimming and splashing around your kids can enjoy the volleyball courts and table tennis. There’s also a kids’ playground area.

How to get there: Metro line 4 (yellow) – Ciutadella and Bogatell

Bogatell and Mar Bella beaches, for active families

If you are staying at a hotel or apartment around Poble Nou, then your best options for a beach escape are Bogatell and Mar Bella. Bogatell is located very close to Nova Icaria and has some great entertainment options that include table tennis, volley nets, a playground area, basketball and an outdoor gym area.

Volleyball court at the beach

Volleyball court at the beach

Mar Bella features, table tennis, basket, skateboard area, volleyball nets and a playground area. If you and your troupe enjoy watersports, then head on to Mar Bella beach. You can enjoy windsurfing, kayaking or hobie cats here and it´s much quieter than other beaches in Barcelona. Be aware that that there´s a stretch of Mar Bella that is a nudist area.

How to get there: Metro: Line 4 (yellow) – Poblenou and Llacuna for Bogatell and metro: line 4 (yellow), line 2 (purple) and tram – Selva de Mar for Mar Bella.

Other beaches in Barcelona

Up north, next to Mar Bella and beyond you will find Nova Mar Bella beach and Llevant beach, both accessible with metro line 4 (yellow) Selva de Mar and El Maresme / Fòrum, and finally Banys del Forum. These are definitely quieter than Barceloneta and beaches around the old town. Banys del Forum it’s not really a beach. Located in the Forum area, it´s a paved extension with natural swimming pools. You can sunbathe and swim but you won´t find there any sand. Get there by metro taking line 4 (yellow) to Maresme/Fòrum or tram, Maresme – Fòrum.

Winter sunset, Barcelona beach

Winter sunset, Barcelona beach

If you do have some time to spend in Barcelona you may as well take the time and head to some beautiful beaches outside the city. Just 15 minutes south you will find large stretches of sand and sea in Castelldefels areas. Up north, Montgat is the first sea town you will find. A great option to explore. If you don´t mind going a bit further afield, then I also recommend Ocata beach or even Sant Pol de Mar. All reachable by train from Barcelona.

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