BARCELONA Gay Beaches 2021

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.

Gay Beach Mar Bella Barcelona

Barcelona’s gay beaches are one of the main attractions during the day. Beach life revolved predominantly around the Mar Bella area.

Beach front dining Barcelona

The beachfront is home to some great restaurants offering amazing views, cocktails and dining (Bestial, Barcelona)

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.

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    Head to El Chiringuito and try their delicous Mojitos! Get their early to avoid the queues. Closest to metro stop Poblenou (line 4)

Nova Icaria

Nova Icaria

The seafront is popular all day and all night as it transforms into a nighttime dining destination.

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..


Further along from the Olympic port this area is much quieter and popular with locals.

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.

Mar Bella

Mar Bella

The view from El Chiringuito de la Mar Bella one of the most famous gay beach bars in Barcelona. Busy all summer long with a season of nightly events.

(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.


The Barceloneta beach district is quite large and has some great restaurants and bars for a post-beach bite-to-eat or sundown cocktail.

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 gay beach barcelona

San Sebastian, Barcelona

More relaxed than the gay beach at Mar Bella with lots of gay couples relaxing and just a short trip to W Hotel’s Salt beach bar for cocktails.

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 strut their stuff and the Go Go boys hand out flyers for the nights parties and events.

Recommended Hotels in Barcelona

We recommend that you stay in the Eixample area where possible. Its close to everything – all the gay bars and clubs and the city’s main attractions.

El Palace, 5 Star
Old World Charm

El Palace

Hotels like this are rare in the city. Opulence abounds! Great location close to all of the bars and clubs.

H10 Metropolitan, 4 Star
Great chill out pool

H10 Metropolitan

2 minutes’ walk from Paseo de Gracia Avenue, with its boutique and designer fashion stores.

Catalonia Plaza, 4 Star
Great Value for money

Perfect location right in the heart of the city with sun terrace and spa. Books out often so grab a deal now!

Hotel Cram, 4 Star
Stylish- Perfect Location

Right in the heart of the gay district with rooftop pool, great service and a warm welcome every time.

Recommended Apartments in Barcelona

Vintage High-Rise
Sleep 6 Guests


Peer out across the rooftops from the sunny balcony of this high-rise apartment. Unwind with an espresso in the remodeled retro interior featuring a visually prominent fireplace, graceful mid-century furnishings

Boho Chic
Sleeps 6 Guests


It is a spacious, bright and comfortable apartment. Renovated with style maintaining original elements of the modernist period in Barcelona. Spectacular shared roof terrace with a pool, magnificent views

Barcelona Balconies
Sleeps 4 to 6 Guests

Luxury Modern Apartment Barcelona

Located on Enric Granados Street, just a few minutes away from Rambla Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia, one of the most exclusive areas of the city, features lovely balconies that fill the apartment with natural light

Spacious Loft
Sleeps 2 Guests


Stretch out in a New York-style space with exposed brick walls, high ceilings of rustic Catalan wood, and pastel-colored walls with modern art. Soak up the sun on the balcony, or dine in the well-equipped kitchen.

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