Barceloneta Beach with Frank Gehry's Fish sculpture in the background

Platja de la Barceloneta


Just east of its namesake neighbourhood, Barceloneta's main beach is a golden-brown strip of sand where, during warm months, pool-party promoters, mojito vendors and sarong sellers mingle with masses of sun-loving visitors and barcelonins. It's an iconic Barcelona spot, but can feel like a bit of a circus – perhaps better enjoyed very first thing or over a sunset stroll.

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1. Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta

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Dating from 1755, this sober baroque church was the first building completed in Barceloneta. Built low so that the cannon in the then Ciutadella fort…

5. Casa de la Barceloneta

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Devoted to the history and culture of the barri (with displays in Catalan), this tiny cultural centre occupies a brick-walled 1761 building that's a prime…

6. Edifici de Gas Natural

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8. Platja de Sant Miquel

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Taking its name from the 18th-century church in nearby Barceloneta, this stretch of soft honey-gold sand fills with beachgoers when warm days arrive…