Enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches outside of Barcelona like you would never have imagined before. Besides the urban beaches of Barcelona city, there are many great beaches in the surrounding of the city. Actually, if you are a beach lover and have the time we strongly recommend you visiting some of this great spots, or even all of them!
Barcelona’s coast has over 100 kilometers of coastline. An ideal place for cove beaches, white sand beaches, boat trips and, above all, a great variety of water sports.
If you believe that all the beautiful beaches are only in the Caribbean, you are wrong. Once spending your holidays in a holiday apartment in Las Ramblas – Barcelona, don’t miss the opportunity to know some of the best beaches outside of Barcelona.
Located in Garraf, this small town has 26 beaches along its 18 kilometers. All its banks have the blue flag (awarded annually by the European Environmental Education Foundation to the beaches and ports for their compliance with environmental conditions and their facilities). Its location, between mountains and the Mediterranean, makes it one of the most visited places by tourists from all over the world.
To enjoy with family or friends, the beaches of Sitges have their own characteristics that you will probably love. On one side you will find Aiguadolç, located 200 meters from the Port of Aiguadolç. Also, the beach of Sant Sebastià, in the center of Sitges, where you can also enjoy many restaurants . In addition, it is fully adapted for people with reduced mobility. Finally, Ribera is one of the most popular for having a more cosmopolitan character.
Vilanova i la Geltrú
Also located on the Garraf coast, this town is south of Sitges and it’s an ideal place to enjoy a wide variety of water activities, such as swimming in the sea or fishing.
Vilanova i la Geltrú has 6 kilometers of beaches that include Ribes Roges, Sant Cristòfol Lighthouse and Andarró. All of them are very spacious and are perfect for children to play in the sand.
However, you can also visit the Maritime Museum of Curiosities and the Llotja, great places to see and learn about the life of fishermen.
Just 18 kilometers south of Barcelona we find Castelldefels, which has a mixture of ecosystems given by the Llobregat river and the Mediterranean. Without a doubt, it’s an ideal place to go on holiday with friends or family and to practice sports. In fact, it’s classified as a Sporting Tourism Destination and also as a Family Tourism Destination.
The list of sports activities to be carried out includes surfing, kite surfing, cycling, skateboarding or beach volleyball, among others. In addition, Castelldefels still retains some places built for the 1992 Olympics, such as the Blue Route where you can enjoy canoeing.
Going north of Barcelona, on the Maresme region, you will find the city of Mataró, a town with a privileged geographical situation that mixes sea and mountain landscapes.
The beach of Varador is the most popular for its ability to gather sports and family activities together. Others like Ponent, Callao or Sant Simó are the most spectacular if you want to enjoy some dreamy sunsets.
If you go north of Mataró you will reach Calella, a town perfectly connected by train that has also been cataloged as a family destination for its blue flag beaches. Calella offers something that all audiences fall in love with. Maybe it’s the golden sand, the many beachside restaurants or the great nightlife it offers.
However, the beaches are not far behind. Such as Garbí beach, which has won many national and international awards. Also Gran beach, considered one of the best in the region for its entertainment offer such as concerts for children, traditional dances… And, finally, the beach of Les Roques, south of the city. It is a very picturesque place, where the pines create an idyllic setting.
As you see, once in Barcelona you can’t miss the chance to take a train, bus or rented car and visit these 5 beaches outside of Barcelona that will make you realize you don’t need to go to the Caribbean to enjoy some heavenly beaches.