Barceloneta is the most popular beach in the city of Barcelona but head just a bit further down the front and you will come across Mar Bella, where locals like to hang out en famille and where there are fewer tourist traps.
On our first day in Barcelona, we had a long lie-in, totally ok on the first day of your holiday, before heading down to the beach. After a bit of googling, we packed a beach bag, walked into the centre of the city and caught the metro to Selva de Mar. We popped into a local shop to grab a few drinks and things to eat and headed down the the packed beach to find out own spot and enjoy the sun, where we stayed until around 8pm, before wandering down the promenade to find a little more Sangria, calamares and paella at La Fonda Del Port Olimpico. I’d totally recommend that place by the way. Another great Trip Advisor find!
We enjoyed the chilled out day so much that we did it again today. This time we decided to try out Barceloneta – Playa Sant Sebastiá to be exact – and it was fun. We spent a little more this time, splurging on two beds and a parasol for 18€ but again it was so much fun to just chill out, dip into the Med, read my book, listen to some music and people-watch. On both days we ate simple homemade cheese and chorizo baguettes, perfect for a little beach picnic.
I’ve been to Barcelona quite a few times, but I’ve never really seen it as a beach destination before, but now that has totally changed. It’s the perfect place to shop, eat, explore and beach all in one place! It has confirmed my ambition to live here. One day.