The city of Barcelona and the Catalonian coastline attracts thousands of travelers every year, seeking not only for the Modernist architectural jewels, but also for the pleasant Mediterranean climate, crystal clear waters and fine golden sand of their beaches.
All Catalonia region is full of beautiful sandy beaches with turquoise waters and breathtaking natural landscapes, asking for a scenic walk route. After going over all the Catalonian coastlines (Costa Brava, Costa del Maresme, Costa del Garraf and Costa Dorada), here is our ultimate guide to the best beaches for a day trip from Barcelona.
Just pick your ideal beach and spend a magical summer in one of our modern Aspasios Apartments in the heart of Barcelona or Sitges.
If you are interested in keep discovering the best beaches in Catalonia, don’t miss our previous blog post!
Cala Aiguablava, Begur
Aiguablava is a small bay in the beautiful village of Begur, and it is one of our must of the Costa Brava (Girona). Although Begur is more than one hour from Barcelona, we are sure that you won’t regret the trip once you arrive in this natural paradise. This beach located between high cliffs and lush pine forests is distinguished by its crystal water and golden fine-grain sand.
We also recommend you to walk along one of the ‘Paseo de Ronda’ wooden paths that line the rocks and reach to some extraordinary hidden coves. A charming spot for relaxing while looking at the paradise landscape in front of you.
Playa de Sant Pol, Sant Feliu de Guíxols
Our second choice is a marvellous bay on the outskirts of Sant Feliu de Guïxols village. A 50 km journey along the Costa del Maresme will lead you to pass many beautiful beaches and other small towns, one of which is the appealing Sant Pol de Mar. This is an urban beach, but in it you can find a variety of different areas, including a nudist one. Many locals recall this clear water spot from their childhood, and there are not many tourists in the area, which is something to be appreciated.
This beach is also well known for the recognizable ‘Casa de les Punxes’ (sharp-pointed house). It is a modernist villa designed by the architect Josep Goday and owned by Pere Màrtir Estrada.
Cala Morisca, Sitges
One thing we love about this beach is that it is really close to Barcelona; that is why it is ideal if you don’t have much time to travel about. You will find Cala Morisca on your way to Sitges, under the cliffs of the Garraf Park. In order to get there, you can park on a small parking on the road and go down a long staircase to reach there.
Get ready for a 140 metres long beach, which includes golden sands surrounded by rock and vegetation walls and all the services you needed (like toilets, showers and deckchair rental). Cala Morisca is also nudist-friendly, and it is the ideal place if you do not have prejudices and you just want to enjoy a quiet and super clean beach!
There is a terraced restaurant with and pleasant views over the shore, and during the summer season, the restaurant is also a disco, so the nightlife is guaranteed.
Port-Bo, Calella de Palafrugell
Port-Bo is an urban beach that belongs to the town of Calella de Palafrugell, with its characteristic vaults by the sea. The charm of Port-Bo, is that it seems to have stopped in space-time, maintaining the appeal of a fishing village of low houses and porches where fishermen used to work. Several boats in different colors and names remain on the sand as proof of the town past times. This is why this beach is also known as Les Barques which translates to “the boats”.
Besides, every July, Port Bo also hosts the “Cantada de Habaneras” Festival, an old tradition which celebrates the relationship between Catalonia and Cuba in the 20th century.
Ribes Roges, Vilanova i la Geltrú
And last but not least, we want to highlight Ribes Roges beach in Vilanova I la Geltru, which takes its name from the town gardens to be found nearby. This beach is around 1km in length, flat and with fine golden sand. It is a must for a lot of locals and tourist, as is fast and easy to get there on the train from Barcelona. Ribes Roges is a quiet and not crowded spot ideal for families and lovely for a long walk along the shore. This beach is also recognizable by a large sculpture representing Pasiphae, the Greek goddess mother of the Minotaur.
To finish with, you won’t get bored in Vilanova, as the beach offers all kinds of entertainment like beach volleyball and soccer fields, Jet Ski rental and kayaks, among others. In addition, you can be delightful with some incredible sunsets while enjoying a cocktail and some music in one of the beach bars along.