Barcelona has 9 beaches, totalling in around 5 kilometers of sandy paradise, however these are saturated with tourists, vendors selling fake goods and 'salesmen' endlessly roaming the beaches shouting "SANGRIA, MOJITOS" in the hope you'll buy their €5 lemonade. Although each beach differs slightly, here are a few basic tips which will save you some money and keep your belongings safe in this busy tourist attraction.
Getting to the beaches of Barcelona obviously depends on which beach you plan on visiting, Barceloneta, which appears to be the largest beach and located in the traditional fishing district can be reached using the underground metro from the closest stop - Barceloneta (Yellow L4 line). From here it's a 15 minute walk past various fake designer goods for sale, laid along the street including football and basketball jerseys, designer handbags, t-shirts, trainers, souvenirs. Of course my advice here would be to always haggle hard for your goods, coming in way lower than you would be happy to finally pay as the seller will always try to get the most money out of you. For instance, we bought two football shirts and although the vendor came in with a starting offer of €46 for both we told him we wanted them for €25, finally settling on €30.
To reach the other beaches of Barcelona further East stay on the L4 and get off at the next stops including Ciutadella / Vila Olímpica, Bogatell, Llacuna and Poblenou.
Barcelona in general is notorious for pick-pocketing and the beach is no exception. Its unsurprising in such a busy destination that often people's belongings go AWOL while you're quickly dipping in the sea, so my best advice would be never to leave anything unsupervised. Whilst it is unlikely that someone may steal your towel and clothes (although i've honestly heard it happen to someone else in Barcelona), I bought waterproof phone cases and a bag so we could take everything in the sea with us without leaving anything at risk. In the link below I found a bundle on amazon for two phone cases and a bag for only £9.99 with free next day delivery, which worked perfectly in the sea as it had a triple ziplock seal so all my items remained dry. This way I was able to keep my money, ID, metro pass and hotel key secure and dry!
Food & Drink
As I have previously mentioned, you will soon become fed up of the endless chant of 'MOJITOS, SANGRIA, MOJITOS', an advertisement of some of the clearly either extremely watered down or completely non-alcoholic drinks which are sold by tens of men walking up and down the beach. Not only that people are often selling bottled beer or water for around €2 each, however, Barceloneta beach has a supermarket 'Premmia Mercat' incredibly close, charging €0.80 for Spanish beer. There are also alot of great beach bars and tapas and burger restaurants along Barceloneta beach, I would even recommend bringing a cover up or clothes so you can eat here after a day at the beach. I wouldn't say any of the restaurants in this area are particularly formal so you could definitely eat here in shorts and a cover up.
Imagine this on repeat ALL DAY
Literally that close...
Rather naïvely I thought we would be fine without a towel, sharing one from the hotel between the two of us, however, the beaches are sandy (duh) and whilst there are multiple showers along the seafront, it was impossible for us both to dry off with something we had previously been lying in the sand in. Many people along the walkway to the beach actually sell large beach blankets/towels which we haggled down to €10, this was perfect for us as we only had hand-luggage and didn't have room to bring towels each.
Visited Barcelona beach and have any of your own tips or want to give me your thoughts? I'd love to hear them in the comments below!