Best beaches for a trip outside of Barcelona

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Best beaches for a trip outside of Barcelona

The city of Barcelona and the entire Catalan coast attract thousands of travelers every year, seeking not only the architectural jewels of Modernism, but also its pleasant Mediterranean climate and beaches, allowing travelers to enjoy crystal clear waters and fine golden sand not too far from the Catalan capital.

The entire region of Catalonia has beautiful turquoise water beaches, as well as stunning natural landscapes with incredible views. After touring the different Catalan coasts (Costa Brava, Costa del Maresme, Costa del Garraf and Costa Dorada), we want to show you our definitive guide to the best beaches to spend the day near Barcelona.

Cala Aiguablava, Begur

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Aiguablava is a small cove in the idyllic village of Begur, and is a must-see of the Costa Brava (Girona). Although Begur is more than an hour away from Barcelona, we are sure you will not regret the trip once you get to this natural paradise. This beach, located between high cliffs and lush pine forests, is characterized by its clear waters and fine sand.

We recommend walking along the wooden paths of the Paseo de Ronda that border the rocks and reach impressive hidden coves. Undoubtedly, a perfect place to relax while contemplating the dreamlike landscape in front of you.

Playa de Sant Pol, Sant Feliu de Guíxols

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Our next choice is a wonderful beach just outside the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols. A journey of 50 km along the Maresme Coast will take you through many beaches and small dreamy towns until you reach Sant Pol de Mar. It’s an urban beach where you can find different areas, including a nudist one. In addition, it’s not too touristy, which means more tranquility.

This beach is also known for the easily recognizable Casa de les Punxes (House of the Points), a modernist villa designed by architect Josep Goday and owned by Pere Màrtir Estrada.

Cala Morisca, Sitges

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One thing we love about this beach is that it is really close to Barcelona, so it is an ideal destination if you don’t want to travel more than necessary. You will find Cala Morisca on your way to the coastal town of Sitges, under the cliffs of the Garraf Park. To get there, you can park in a small parking lot that you will find on the same road and go down the stairs.

Get ready to enjoy 140 meters of a golden sandy beach, surrounded by rocky walls and vegetation, plus all the services you need at your fingertips (toilets, showers and sun lounger rental, among others). Cala Morisca is also a space that respects nudism, and is usually very quiet and clean.

In addition, you will also find a restaurant with a terrace and spectacular views of the coast, which during summer becomes a club, so the nightlife is guaranteed!

Port-Bo, Calella de Palafrugell

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Port-Bo is an urban beach that belongs to the town of Calella de Palafrugell, with its characteristic vaults on the seashore. The charm of Port-Bo is that it seems to have stopped in time, still maintaining that attraction of a small fishing village with low houses and porches where they used to work. In fact, several colorful boats with different names remain in the sand as proof of the village’s fishing past. This is why this beach is also known as Les Barques, or Las Barcas.

On the other hand, every July the “Cantada de Habaneras” festival is held here, an ancient musical tradition that commemorates the relationship between Catalonia and Cuba during the 20th century.

Ribes Roges, Vilanova i la Geltrú

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And finally, you can not miss the Ribes Roges beach in Vilanova i la Geltrú, which takes its name from the gardens of the city that are very close to there. This beach is approximately 1 km long, is very flat and has fine golden sand. It is very popular among locals and tourists, as it’s close to Barcelona and easily accessible by train. Ribes Roges is a quiet and uncrowded place, ideal for families and perfect for a long walk along the seashore. It also offers all kinds of entertainment, such as beach volleyball, soccer fields, jet ski and kayak rentals. In addition, you can witness incredible sunsets while enjoying a cocktail and music in one of the bars that you will find on the beach.

Finally, if you are looking for an accommodation to live a magical summer in Barcelona, don’t miss our fully equipped apartments. On the other hand, if you are interested in discovering the best beaches in Catalonia, check this post. We are waiting for you!

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