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Friday, 18 June 2010

Beaches in Barcelona (Part 1/2)

Barcelona is a city open to the sea. The broad beaches of the Catalan capital, which extend for 4.5 km, are blessed with fine golden sand and shallow waters for bathing. They constitute one of the largest areas of leisure available to locals and visitors in Barcelona alike. They are never more than just a few minutes away from any point in the city, since they are easily reached by public transport or by bicycle. Equipped with all the necessary facilities and services, every year they are visited by around seven million people.
These are the beaches inside the city:

Barceloneta: Approximately 1,100 m long, together with the Sant Sebastià beach, Barceloneta is one of the biggest in Barcelona, and it is also one of the oldest and most traditional beach in the city. It is a favourite amongst our foreign visitors and it is commonly used by youth groups and for school activities. Due to its location and proximity to the metro and many bus lines, the majority of its users get to the beach by public transport.
Its dimensions make it a suitable beach for leisure equipment, such as volleyball courts, a table soccer area on the Eastern side, in front of the Hospital del Mar; a children's play area on the Western side of the beach, beside the Gas breakwater, where there is also a gym area.
Services: Red Cross, Local Police, beach information point, cloakroom, showers, public toilets, sun loungers, parasols, drinks and ice cream kiosks, sports facilites, sports, bicycle parking areas and restaurants.
How to get there: Metro: L4, Barceloneta. Bus: 14, 16, 17, 39, 40, 45, 51, 57, 59, 64 and 157.
Nova Icaria: The family beach. Situated in the middle of the city's coastline and 400 metres in length, this is the beach where people come to spend the longest period of time. The Nova Icària Beach is rightly considered to be a very peaceful beach, and is a popular choice for families and groups of friends. Lying very close to the Port Olímpic, it is surrounded by a great variety of restaurants and bars, as well as the most comprehensive range of facilities for sports and other activities on the entire coastline.
Services:Red Cross, Local Police, beach information point, cloakroom, showers, public toilets, sun loungers, changing rooms, parasols, drinks and ice cream kiosks, sports, sailing, bicycle parking areas and restaurants.
Barcelona Mar: Panoramic views of Barcelona from the sea on a sailing boat. Departures: Centre Municipal de Vela - CMV. Dinghy sailing, canoe and windsurfing courses by the hour with a monitor. Reservations in advance.
How to get there:Metro: L4, Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica or Bogatell. Bus: 6, 36, 41, 92 and 141. Tram (T4), Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.

Bogatell: Barcelona's "Olympic" beach. Extending for nearly 600 metres, this is one of the beaches that was created for the 1992 Olympic Games, when Barcelona regained its seafront. It is particularly popular with the older generation. Together with Platja de la Nova Icària, it is one of the finest beaches inherited from the Olympic Games.
Services: Red Cross, Local Police, beach information point, cloakroom, showers, public toilets, sun loungers, parasols, drinks and ice cream kiosks, sports, bicycle parking areas and restaurants.
Other activities: Beach volleyball and table tennis.
How to get there: Metro: L4, Poblenou or Llacuna. Bus: 6, 36, 41, 92 and 141. Tram (T4), Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.
Marbella: Barcelona's Mar Bella Beach is the young people's beach. This beach, which runs for about half a kilometre, is a firm favourite with young people in particular, many of whom come here every weekend when the weather is fine.
Mar Bella was created during the period when the city's coastline was redeveloped for the 1992 Olympic Games. It also has a nudist area.
Services: Red Cross, Local Police, beach information point, cloakroom, showers, public toilets, sun loungers, nudist beach, parasols, drinks and ice cream kiosks, sports, sailing, boat hire, bicycle parking areas and restaurants.
Sports and sailing: Base Nàutica Municipal de la Mar Bella. Sailing trips along the city's seafront, kayak excursions along the coastline and other activities. Catamaran excursions and beach volleyball for groups. Reservations in advance.
Complex Esportiu Municipal Mar Bella. Vanasdive Diving centre.
How to get there: Metro: L4, Poblenou or Selva de Mar. Bus: 36, 71 and 141. Tram (T4), Selva de Mar.
Nova mar beach: The women's beach. Also created when the coastline received a facelift prior to the 1992 Olympic Games. The Nova Mar Bella, which extends for 500 metres, is very popular with women, who represent more than 60% of its users. Bathers, most of whom are young people, like the beach because it is quiet.The Nova Mar Bella is one of the Barcelona's beaches with an area for people with disabilities, featuring all the necessary amenities to help people into and out of the water and make the most of their time on the beach.
Services: Red Cross, Local Police, beach information point, cloakroom, showers, public toilets, sun loungers, parasols, drinks and ice cream kiosks, sports, bicycle parking areas and restaurants.
How to get there: Metro: L4, Selva de Mar or El Maresme/Fòrum. Bus: 36, 43 and 141. Tram (T4), Selva de Mar or El Maresme.
Llevant beach: The newest beach. 380 metres in length, this beach was created in 2006. This makes it the newest beach on the coastline of the Catalan capital. Situated next to la Nova Mar Bella, it offers the most essential services and facilities.
Services: Red Cross, Local Police, beach information point, cloakroom, showers, public toilets and sun loungers.
How to get there: Metro: L4, Selva de Mar. Bus: 7, 36, 41 and 141. Tram (T4), Selva de Mar or El Maresme.

Parc del forum bathing area: This is a new concept of beach, without sand, with areas where the sea is controlled for shallow bathing. The Parc del Fòrum bathing area was created for the Universal Forum of Cultures within the Parc del Fòrum de Barcelona, a large precinct divided into different zones. The bathing area can be found in the zone closest to the sea.
Services: Red Cross, Local Police, beach information point, cloakroom, showers, public toilets, sun loungers, seawater swimming pools, parasols, changing rooms, drinks and ice cream kiosks, sports, sailing, bicycle parking areas and restaurants.
Sports, sailing and other activities:May to October: sports and sailing activities, in addition to various complementary services.
Services and activities: seawater swimming pools, boat and catamaran trips, canoe excursions, water skiing, ski bus, fly-fish, parasailing, diving centre, equipment hire.
How to get there: Metro: L4, El Maresme/Fòrum. Bus: 7, 36, 41 and 141. Tram (T4), Selva de Mar or El Maresme.



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Mimi said...

Nova mar beach is the best beach I have ever seen.This I found out on my last barcelona hop on off bus tour.