Barceloneta vs. Port Olimpic
“Only worry in the world is if the tide is gunna reach my chair.”
With easy breezes and sunny skies, everyone deserves nothing but relaxation throughout the summer. Throughout the windy and snowy days the fall and winter brings us, it is very important to enjoy every moment during the summer. We all know that some beach therapy is the best therapy, which eventually leads you to being a beach-aholic but sometimes – that’s okay ;)
Barcelona is known for their fabulous beaches but what most don’t tell you is that your relaxation level depends on what beach you choose to go to in Barcelona. As every foreigner would – I also chose to go to Barceloneta my first few weeks of being in Spain, which takes you to mistake number one.
The famous Barceloneta beach stretches south from the twin towers (right down to the sail-shaped W-Hotel) and is the favourite stretch of sand for the city's first-time visitors. Northwards, going up to Parc del Forum are the rest of Barcelona's beaches, starting with Nova Icaria, then Bogatell and continuing via Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella to Llevant (its on these sands where generally-speaking locals prefer to congregate). At night, and especially during the hot summer months, Port Olimpic becomes one of Barcelona's most popular nightlife districts.
Barceloneta is known for always having the most crowded beach in Barcelona. This may be because it is the most popular beach in Barcelona. However, due to the number of vendors that refuse to leave you alone – it has become my least favorite beach in Barcelona. A positive about Barceloneta is the beautiful view it provides you due to the closeness of the Hotel W. W Hotel is one of the hottest and most exclusive places of the city. Chic locals and international crowds who drip fashion and exclusivity live for Hotel W. Housing the infamous Eclipse rooftop bar 26 floors over the Mediterranean Sea, The W hotel has served to be one of the most important Barcelonian icons since it has opened thus making it a “must-see”. With its breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and Barceloneta Beach, W Hotel sets the scene for a truly wonderful stay.
Port Olimpic forms part of Olympic Village's attractive sea front, set in the heart of Barcelona's maritime zone and surrounded by beaches, gardens and buildings. This is a beach where you will find relaxation and tranquility. There are a few vendors there as well but nothing compared to Barceloneta. With a more relaxed envirorment, you are guaranteed to enjoy a day in the sun without any worries except for the tides coming too close to your chair. It is surrounded by the most exclusive clubs of Barcelona – Opium, Shoko, Pacha, Catwalk etc. All of which you can receive free entry to with YouBarcelona guestlist.
Overall, Barcelona’s beaches are truly stunning and unforgettable. Regardless of which beach you choose – you will be leaving mind blown by the beautiful views and how tan you just got. Enjoy your summer and the glistening waters of Barcelona because I sure will!