When Barcelona was selected to be the host city of the 1992 Olympic Games in 1986, the city implemented an ambitious project to recover its coastline. Now, Barcelona is fully open to the sea, with recreational spaces on the seafront, a first-class marina and 4 kilometres of beaches, including Bogatell Beach.
If you take the Green Route, hop off at the Platja de Bogatell stop
Bogatell is one of the city’s most popular beaches with bathers. Bogatell beach, which is 700 metres wide, is at the end of Rambla del Poblenou, the main artery of Sant Martí, an old industrial district that has become an area of contrasts in which you can find small traditional shops side by side with technology companies and craft beer bars.
The beaches are one of Barcelona residents’ favourite spots to have fun. On the promenade you will always find people cycling, skating or running, while the sand is shared by sunbathers and volleyball players. The seafront is also a place to meet friends and relax at its xiringuitos (beach bars) or devour a good book with the lapping of the waves in the background.
Opposite Bogatell beach is Poblenou Cemetery, also known as the East or Old Cemetery, in contrast to the New Cemetery on Montjuïc Mountain.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? Barcelona’s beaches are equipped with nets to play beach volleyball. You will recognise them because they are orange with metal supports. All you need is a ball and you’re ready to play! There are also showers, toilets and a sunlounger rental service.
- Alternative: Bogatell beach owes its name to an old mountain stream whose course, now an avenue with the same name, ran down from Vilapicina to the sea.
- Local’s tip: Barcelona’s climate is ideal to enjoy the beach, but remember that in summer, during the hottest hours of the day, you need to protect yourself from the sun. It is an ideal time to rest in the shade of one of the trees of Poblenou Park or have a cold drink at one of the bars in the area.
- A must: For those looking for a good place for a run in Barcelona, those who want to take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea, and those who want to get away from the city for a while.