June 8, 2023

I’ve mentioned many occasions that I don’t swim within the waters splashing up on Barcelona’s seashores. I spend a variety of time alongside the town’s shoreline however hardly ever in a washing swimsuit. A few of my associates swim in Barcelona’s stretch of Med commonly and so they assume I’m overly involved.

Am I? When it comes all the way down to it, I don’t like swimming with plastic luggage and different issues that I gained’t describe right here.

So, after I go to the seashore to take the waters, I head out of Barcelona. Listed here are just a few swim-friendly locations I’d stick an enormous toe in:


I’ll admit that Sitges seashores are a bit packed in the summertime months, principally with males (this can be a homosexual getaway). It may be laborious to discover a plot of sand upon which to put. Get a solar umbrella and a chair for €5-€10 a day and luxuriate in.

Garraf, Spain. Picture: Eduard Maluquer

Sitges additionally makes my listing as a result of it’s near Barcelona (45 minutes to the south), simple to get to by Renfe practice, and is mainly only a actually enjoyable little metropolis. Plenty of decisions right here for consuming out, bars, nightlife and cafes. Makes for a superb day-trip or weekend away from Barcelona. Read more here.


I checked out homes right here and imagined transferring to Garraf, a small village a pair practice stops earlier than Sitges, cosy within the mountains and overlooking the Mediterranean.

Sigh. It’s pretty.

Alas, the difficulty with Garraf is that not all trains cease on this petite seashore city, so watch out to get a Renfe practice that hits all of the stops otherwise you would possibly chug proper on by. Additionally observe that Garraf is a village, but additionally a area. Within the village there are two major seashores: one which is giant and extra fashionable, and one other which is far smaller on the opposite aspect of the port. It takes about 35 minutes to get to Garraf from Barcelona’s Pssg de Gracia station.

The seashores of Sant Pol de Mar. Picture: Olivier Bruchez

Sant Pol de Mar

About an hour north of Barcelona within the Maresme space of the Catalan shoreline, Sant Pol is about as charming as Mediterranean fishing villages come.

Does it have all of the boutiques and cafes that Sitges does? No, not even shut. It’s tranquil, not crowded and I recall the sand being particularly fluffy (which will simply be me). A really perfect day-trip for many who wish to swim, learn, nap and snack on a picnic lunch.

Extra seashores close to Barcelona

Farther away from Barcelona and solely accessed by bus and automobile, I like to recommend the Costa Brava, particularly Cap de Creus, Tamariu and Begur. To the south attempt among the many seashores round Tarragona. Tarragona, the town, additionally has an ample seashore (Tarragona is reached by practice).

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