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Illa Roja by Begur

Cala de les Roques by Calella

Platja dels Pescadors Badalona

Palafrugell coastline

Cala Fonda Waikiki

Sitges

The Mar Bella scene can be fun and Barceloneta’s beach sure is conveniently close, but Barcelona has some world class beaches just outside the city.

By car:


Waikiki Cala FondaIN AN HOUR FROM BARCELONA
Cala Fonda Waikiki.
Beaches south of Barcelona are generally wide, slightly boring stretches of sand. Cala Fonda – or Waikiki as it’s popularly known – feels more like the rugged coves of Costa Brava.

DIRECTIONS AND MORE INFO: WAIKIKI


Palafrugell coastIN 90 MINUTES
Palafrugell & LLafranc.
Calella de Palafrugell and neighbouring Llafranc are among the most picturesque villages on the Costa Brava. Walk the coastal path for beautiful small coves.

DIRECTIONS AND MORE INFO: PALAFRUGELL


Illa Roja by BegurIN TWO HOURS
Illa Roja & Begur.
Most of Catalonia’s nicest beaches, all with crystal-clear water and the secluded cove experience so characteristic of Costa Brava, are found around Begur. That includes Illa Roja.

DIRECTIONS AND MORE INFO: BEGUR & ILLA ROJA


By train:


Platja dels Pescadors BadalonaIN 30 MINUTES FROM BARCELONA
Platja dels Pescadors Badalona.
Badalona might not have the kind of pull as Sitges but it does have a very charming beach front and is much less packed. And for something hip, there’s La Donzella Beach Club at the end of Platja dels Pescadors.

DIRECTIONS AND MORE INFO: PLATJA DELS PESCADORS


SitgesIN AN HOUR
Sitges.
An introduction is hardly necessary for this gay favourite. The one big draw-back: It often gets as packed as Barcelona’s sands on weekends.

DIRECTIONS AND MORE INFO: SITGES


Cala de les Roques by CalellaIN 90 MINUTES
Calella del Mar.
The obvious choice would be the popular Sant Pol de Mar but the better coves are actually just north as you enter its much underrated neighbour Calella de Mar. Just avoid the town.

DIRECTIONS AND MORE INFO: CALELLA

 

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