Barcelona is the most popular tourist destination in Spain and one of the most popular throughout Europe. Every year the capital of Catalonia is visited by more than 5 million guests from all over the world. In addition to numerous attractions – architectural masterpieces of Gaudí, picturesque parks and interesting museums – tourists are attracted by the opportunity to spend time on the beach.
Barcelona, standing on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, has several beaches, most of which are landscaped, and are favorite vacation spots for citizens and tourists.
Barceloneta is the largest beach in Barcelona:its length is more than a kilometer, and the average width is almost 90 meters. Barceloneta (the name of the beach means “Little Barcelona”) lies between joan de Borbo and Maritim avenues. Barceloneta is not only a beach: the development of the area on alluvial lands began in the 18th century.
To this day, despite all subsequent changes, Barceloneta has retained its original character, dozens of seafood restaurants and shops are located on the picturesque narrow streets. Barceloneta Beach (Playa La Barceloneta) – free, equipped with showers and toilets. Sunbeds, umbrellas, balls, badminton rackets and inflatable toys can be rented at an additional cost.
For children there are small playgrounds, there are separate areas for sports games, so you can relax absolutely calmly. Barceloneta beach is sandy, the sand is fine, the water quality is considered good, there are no jellyfish, the water is almost always calm (you can focus on flags and electronic scoreboards). Around the clock on the beach there is a rescue service, at night the coast is illuminated by spotlights.
City utilities keep the beach clean. Behind the wooden parapet along the beach there are many bars and restaurants – not only Catalan, but also ordinary fast food, pizzerias, Mexican restaurants.
The easiest way to get to the beach of Barceloneta is by metro: on the yellow line there is a station of the same name. From the metro station to the beach – 20 minutes on foot. If you do not want to go to the beach by metro, choose a hotel near Barceloneta.
The three-star hotel Casa de les Lletres consists of 4 separate apartments ranging from 45 to 90 sq. m. All apartments have an individual layout and design design, with balconies, parquet floors, bathrooms, air conditioning, internet access. The rooms have kitchens with necessary utensils and appliances. Apartments on the first, fourth and fifth floors of the building – with one bedroom, on the second floor there is a duplex room with two bedrooms, and on the third – a room with three sebaceous. The best room of the hotel is a penthouse on the top floor with a terrace and a glass roof in the living room. All apartments can accommodate guests in extra beds.
Located in the El Borne quarter, the three-star Park Hotel Barcelona occupies a building dating from the 1950s and completely renovated in 1991. In 2020, the design of the rooms and common areas was completely updated. The hotel has 91 cozy rooms,the rooms have a pleasant combination of wood and textiles, thoughtful lighting, carefully selected furniture and modern plumbing in the bathrooms. Each room has air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, safe. It features a business centre, parking, a bar and a Michelin-starred restaurant. In the main hall and on two terraces offer international cuisine, author’s tapas, original dishes from the chef and drinks. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate.
In the El Borne quarter there are also three-star apartments FGA Decimononico,which are perfect for a long holiday in Barcelona. Tourists who prefer to live in separate apartments can choose any of the 20 apartments with kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. Apartment service is available on request.
Another three-star hotel near Barceloneta is Sant Agusti. It occupies the building of the former monastery of St. Catherine. Augustine, built in 1720. 140 years later, the monastery became the first hotel in Barcelona. Guests of the Hotel Sant Agusti today can see the details of the original décor, lovingly preserved by the current owners of this building. The thick walls of the former monastery reliably protect the hotel guests from the hustle and bustle that reigns in this popular tourist area of the city. Today the hotel has 77 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a coffee shop. Rooms at the Sant Agusti are designed for single, double, triple and family occupancy.
The four-star boutique hotel Duquesa de Cardona is located on Colom Avenue opposite the port of Barcelona. It traces its history back to the 16th century, when the building passed into the possession of the wealthy Cardona family. In the middle of the 19th century, the building was rebuilt in an eclectic style with elements of neoclassicism, but the spirit of the small palace survived even after all the reconstructions and modernizations. Hotel Duquesa de Cardona offers 40 exclusive rooms decorated in a modern style and equipped with everything necessary for the convenience of modern travelers.
Restaurant La Duquesa is located in the premises of the former stables and the main hall – there are high vaulted ceilings, antique furniture and unusual furnishings. Guests are provided with all services corresponding to the level of the hotel 4 stars.
The four-star Hotel Medinaceli,owned by the small Hoteles Gargallo chain, is just a five-minute walk from Colom Avenue and two blocks from Barcelona’s famous Rambles Boulevard. The hotel building is an old ducal palace, behind the facade of which there are rooms with modern design and excellent technical equipment. All 44 rooms have air conditioning, free wireless Internet access, safes, TVs. The hotel has a breakfast room and cafeteria, guests are provided with a wide range of free and paid services.
Several good hotels are located near the metro station Jaume I. Accommodation in any of them is a great option for tourists planning a busy holiday in Barcelona: Barceloneta is only one stop by metro, any area of the Catalan capital can be reached quickly and comfortably. Near Jaume I is a three-star hotel Suizo.
In an old building near the Ciutadella Park is a three-star hotel Chic & Basic Born,whose rooms are distinguished by an unusual stylish design.