This beach is inextricably linked to the fishing quarter of the same name, Barceloneta, the Barcelona’s classic neighbourhood by the sea, where the locals love to come to eat fish, seafood dishes and “tapas“. Located in the city traditional fishing district, Barceloneta beach is the oldest and most traditional in the city. It is thought to have inspired Miguel de Cervantes as the setting for the fight between Don Quixote and the Knight of the White Moon. It was here that the knight errant was finally defeated and abandoned his quest.
Until recently, the beach gave its name to the coastal strip between Sant Miquel beach and the Moll de Marina pier. When part of this stretch recovered its original name – Somorrostro beach – Barceloneta beach became the part between the Gas breakwater, also known as the Ginebra breakwater, and the aforementioned Sant Miquel beach. It is 422 metres long. An arcade runs the length of the top of beach. It accommodates the Espai de Mar (Sea Space) centre, a facility designed to facilitate access to the beach and marine environment through the inclusive practice of sport and leisure.
Area for disabled persons
Barceloneta beach has an area for disabled persons that includes a bathing support service. This service is intended for persons with disabilities and reduced mobility, and its purpose is to help them in and out of the water so they can enjoy bathing in the sea, using, if necessary, an amphibious chair. This area features a wooden footbridges that reach the water as close as possible (although, under no circumstances will they ever touch the water, as its currents could detach the module), an adapted changing room, a shower with a chair and a crane lift. All this makes it much easier to reach the water. The service is supported by volunteers, who, together with the accompanying persons, help users to move from their wheelchairs to the amphibious chair and, if necessary, use the crane lift. All in all, the volunteers provide assistance when users of this service approach, enter and leave the water and also accompany them while they are bathing.
The assisted bathing service, which begins operating on 1 June, is available at weekends and on public holidays in June and the second half of September, while in the months of July, August and the first half of September it is available daily from 11:00 to 14:00. These services only operate when the green flag is displayed on the beach, indicating that it is safe to swim.
- Adapted public toilets
- Adapted showers
- Area for disabled people with assisted bathing service
- Buoy-marked breakwaters and bathing areas
- Children’s play area
- Lifeguard towers and chairs
- Public address system
- Public fountains
- Public telephones
- Public toilets
- Rubbish bins and recycling bins
- Volleyball courts
Tourist Help and Information Points
- First Aid and Rescue
- Barcelona WiFi
- Bicycle hire
- Deckchair hire
- Parasol hire
- Sea Space Centre
- Sport installations
Bus Lines: 45, 59, D20.
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