Barcelona is one of the few cities in the world that combines the attractions of urban tourism with the possibility of laying on a gay beach to sunbathe during the day or to enjoy the animation of the seafront in the evening or at night.
Barcelona´s beaches are just over 4.2 kilometers long and just a few minutes from the city. There are some amazing gay beaches in Barcelona for you to enjoy. The recovery of the seafront façade, begun with the construction work done for the 1992 Olympic Games which totally opened Barcelona to the Mediterranean. Barcelona´s beaches have been awarded countless blue flags for quality, cleanliness and facilities and an honourable mention in the area of safety several years running.
Closest to the Olympic marina, and therefore always crowded, this wide swathe of rough golden sand is great for food goers. There are three spotless beach bars, two immensely popular restaurants on the promenade behind (Mango and Chiringuito de Moncho) and countless bars and restaurants off the Port Olímpic just a short stroll away.
This beach is twice the length of adjoining Nova Icaria and fringed by a stretch of stone walkway perfect for jogging, roller blading and cycling. The raised promenade cuts down on traffic noise and makes it possible to almost believe you’re a million miles from the city. No beach bars, but three large informal restaurants on the promenade.
(Metro Ciutadella Vila Olímpica, plus 20-minute walk) Divided from Bogatell by a breakwater housing a school and hire center for windsurfing and kayaks, Barcelona’s only naturist beach is tucked away behind a long hillock of rustling bamboo. Nearby is a peaceful park – good for a picnic or siesta under the trees. This is one of the busiest beaches for gay people and their friends.
Very wide and long and fringed by decking along which lies a series of American-style eateries(pizzas and Tex-Mex mostly) plus the busy Catalan restaurant Agua. Somewhere along its length, the beach becomes San Sebastian (Metro: Barceloneta), a traditional and popular stretch with locals and consequently crowded, noisy and great fun.
San Sebastian is the other gay beach located to the very right of the Barcelona beaches at the entrance tower of the sky lift. Watch as the beautify boys of Barcelona strutt their stuff and the Go Go boys hand out flyers for the nights parties and events.
Our top 3 suggestions for beach dining in Barcelona
Dining out on the seafront can be a hit-and-miss affair with tourist prices and slow service. However there are some exceptions and here are 3 of our top recommendations based on price, quality of service and location.
Set on the beachfront just below Hotel Arts and Frank Gehry’s giant (Peix) sculpture, Bestial has a stunning multi-level outdoor patio with views of the Mediterranean.
Mon-Thu 13-15:45, 20-23:30 Fri 13-15:45, 20-0:30 Sat-Sun 13-16:30, 20-0:30. Bar open until 02 Thu-Sat bestialdeltragaluz.com
Chiringuito Pez Vela.
This restaurant set on the beach as part of the W Hotel Barcelona combines delicious paella with stunning views. Perfect for a stylish lunch and more stylish than your typical beach Chiringuito.
There are also fish and meat options available.
Paseo del Mare Nostrum 19-21; 08039 Mon-Sun 13-15:45, 20-23:30. www.grupotragaluz.com
More famous for its long queue for Mojitos than for its dining, the gay Chiringito in Mar Bella offers some tasty treats served to you by friendly waiters. It can be busy during the Summer season.
Mon-Sun 10-02h June-September – See facebook page for details.