Barcelona Spain: The Beaches

Let me start out by saying.  I love the beach!  Some of my favorite vacations are those where I do nothing but sit in beach chair all day listening to the ocean waves.  Well, I wouldn’t recommend spending everyday doing this in Barcelona since there are so many sights to see in and around the city, but I would take at least a day or two to relax on one of their many beaches.  We spent our

first full day in Spain on the beach and our last full day on the beach.  I’ve visited a few beaches around the USA and a few around the world, but this was my first time visiting a Mediterranean beach.

Because the Mediterranean Sea is somewhat enclosed (except for the approximately 8 miles between the southern tip of Spain and the northern tip of Morocco), the waves at the beaches can vary greatly from being very tiny, to being fairly large, especially if there’s a storm.  The weather?  During the summer it’s hot and humid, perfect for the beach, the fall and spring are beautiful, but don’t be fooled by all the palm trees, Spain is not in the tropics, nor is it even Southern California.  In Barcelona, which is in northeastern Spain, the winters are cold and rainy.  Southern Spain is a drier and a little more mild during the winter, but still not warm enough for swimming.  So, if you want to go swimming or take part in any water sport, June through September are the best months to go.

A few things to keep in mind if you decide to visit the beach in Spain:

  • Beaches around Barcelona are NOT the best beaches in Spain.  Best beaches are in southern Spain and feature lighter colored sand, clear water, and warmer water.  Water was still pretty cold in June in Barcelona when we visited
  • Keep your belongings secure, there is petty theft that takes place on the beach
  • Wear sunscreen, or you will burn….guaranteed!
  • Bring a camera as there are many photo opportunities, and the next line item has nothing to do with this line item.
  • Beaches are topless, if you are easily offended by this, try going during the morning hours or evening hours before sunset when fewer people are on the beach.  Whatever you do, do not visibly react in any way, it’s perfectly normal for these people and they don’t think anything of it, at least try to act like it’s normal for you.  DON’T STARE!
  • Even if you’re not an avid swimmer, still get in the water at least for a few minutes, you are on a foreign beach in a foreign land, don’t waste this opportunity to “say you did it”
  • Don’t hesitate to buy some food or drinks at the beach restaurants and bars, experience their version of seafood.

If you follow the above tips, you will have a good day at the beach in Spain.

 

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