The areas between the foot of Montjuïc and Barceloneta, and all along the beaches of Poble Nou, reveal the city’s maritime essence, evidencing its function as a seaside capital.
End to end, the Barcelona coastline stretches an uninterrupted 5 kilometers, which can be explored easily on foot, on bicycle, or even by boat.
You’d be hard-pressed to find another European capital that offers such a vast array of seaside attractions, from the ever-popular xiringuitos (snack bars) to the Gran Casino, with nothing but excellent seafood restaurants, public parks and green spaces, and fashion boutiques in-between. It’s no surprise that visitors praise Barcelona’s eight city beaches so highly.
The city has co-existed with the coast in a way that shows deep respect for the environment, through developments like the Port Vell and Maremàgnum, whose popular Aquarium puts diverse underwater species on display for public enjoyment and education.
Some of the most popular activities in the neighborhood include exploring the high seas on a tour aboard Les Golondrines, or stopping by to visit the Santa Eulàlia, a 1918 schooner restored by the Maritime Museum, and a frequent setting for cultural and educational activities.
The fact that the city center, with its Rambla, its monument to Columbus, and its Gothic lore, is located close to the Port and just steps away from beaches, is reflected in the friendly and open character of the city’s natives.
Barcelona is a seaside city.
La Barceloneta, La Vila Olímpica del Poblenou, El Poblenou, Diagonal Mar & el Front Marítim del Poblenou.