Barcelona is one of the fews 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, 4.2 kilometers long and just a few minutes from the city, are a unique case in Europe of the integration of a large metropolis with the sea.
Barcelona has always been an important Mediterranean city whose life has been linked to the sea. 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 and culminating today with the Barcelona Forum 2004 of the Cultures project, has totally opened Barcelona to the Mediterranean. Every year, Barcelona´s beaches greet more than seven million people who come to enjoy one of the city´s largest public and leisure spaces.
At the gay beaches, users find the services and facilities necessary for their visit to be as comfortable and safe as possible, along with a whole series of activities that guarantee a good time. The cleaning and sanitary control programs for the sand and the sea and the quality of the services and infrastructures have allowed Barcelona´s beaches to be awarded five blue flags and an honourable mention in the area of safety for the current year.
The quality and diversity of its beaches make Barcelona an excellent city for all ages year round, but especially during the summer. Taking advantage of the welcoming climate of the city to combine the tranquillity of the Mediterranean waters and the golden colour of its fine sand with the multiple cultural and leisure activities that the city centre offers is a temptation that is hard to match anywhere else.
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, hobie cats 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
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.