The closest beach to the centre of Barcelona, Barceloneta Beach stands on the city’s eastern coast in a former fishing district mentioned by Cervantes in the Spanish classic Don Quixote. Now, perhaps ironically, home of one of Europe’s largest aquariums, Barceloneta is very well provided for when it comes to amenities and facilities.
In addition to showers, toilets, and changing rooms, some areas of the beach offer Wi-Fi connectivity. There are also areas set up with gym equipment and table tennis tables, and for beach volleyball and beach tennis. Lifeguards patrol the 400-metre length of Barceloneta Beach, while amphibious wheelchairs and an assisted bathing service for those with reduced mobility operates daily from July to mid-September.
Barceloneta Beach’s lively atmosphere means the sands here can get busy, and on occasion sun loungers and parasols do run out. However, the beach is only a twenty-minute walk from the centre of Barcelona, or a quick ride on line 4 (coloured yellow) of the city’s Metro system, with its own stop close to the beach.
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