Geographical Location, Neighbor Places, History and Demographics
The 1,100-meter long beach on the headland of Barceloneta is divided into three stretches of beach: the Platja San Sebastián, Platja Barceloneta and Platja Sant Miquel. The peninsula is located right in the heart of Barcelona’s coastal strip and is virtually a bulge downtown to the sea.
At the northern end, the beach promenade borders one of the central squares and the metro station. Here is also the Hotel Arts, the most expensive and famous hotel in Barcelona. At the southern tip of the peninsula, the Port Olimpic marina awaits its guests with a variety of restaurants, most of which specialize in seafood and seafood. From here also starts the funicular railway from Barcelona.
Characteristic of Barceloneta are the long, narrow streets that run through Barceloneta in a north-south direction. The center of the district is the Plaça de la Font with the market hall, which was renovated in 2007.
Originally, Barceloneta was a very poor neighborhood with a high crime rate that tourists were shying away from. But since the modernization of Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics and the expansion of the beach zone with freshly poured sand, the area is also open to tourists.
In today’s narrow and expensive living space live many students and also a large community of immigrant South Americans and Africans.
Accessibility and Activities
Due to its central location near the old town of Barcelona, the Ciutat Vella, the beach can be reached quickly by public transport as well as by bike or on foot from the city center.
With its picturesque village flair, the district is one of the most popular places in the warmer months. Then the city beach is crowded with tourists and the locals prefer to go further afield.
But in late summer the Playa de la Barceloneta becomes a surfing beach. Now the sea is rising and there are usable wave mountains that can be surfed by the pros. Then many stand-up paddlers try the stand up surfing without slumping into the water.
The best way to get from the city center by rental bike to Playa Barceloneta. It is full of bike rental companies, where you can rent bikes for a few hours or even several days. So you have enough time to toboggan the Passeig Maritim or to explore the neighboring beaches.
Very nice is also a Segway tour starting at the harbor along the beach promenade. It is a very amusing way to get to know the city without having to make an effort. However, the fun costs about 45 euros per person for 90 minutes.
Beach, water and cleanliness
Along the Passeig Marítim La Barceloneta, the beach promenade, there are several surf shops where you can easily rent wetsuits, boards or SUP equipment.
All year round, the beach is crowded with tourists, but you can also meet locals, fun sports and many illegal beach vendors. Flying dealers sell home-made mojitos and other takeaway cocktails.
Nevertheless, the beach with its coarse-grained, golden-yellow sand looks clean and never littered. This is probably because the city cleaning several times a day to collect the waste and empties the tons.
Restaurants, cafes and nightlife
Along the seaside promenade and in the picturesque old quarter of Barceloneta, there are a variety of traditional pubs, cafes and restaurants that are also popular with the younger population of Barcelona.
The southwest-opening corner of the densely populated residential district with its narrow streets is full of terrace restaurants. You sit comfortably under the plane trees and can enjoy the view of the lively beach life. Of course, you can sit on the beach in the Chiringuitos, where freshly squeezed juices, tapas, excellent fish dishes and also coffee, beer and wine are offered. The prices are a little above the level of the smaller bars and eateries that can be found in the streets of Barceloneta, but you can enjoy the sun here until late at night.