Barcelona beach activities including bathing and swimming, are best during Spring and Summer. In winters the beaches around Barcelona remain pleasant, but the water is cold.
Barcelona beach season
- High Beach season - July to First fortnight of September, when the average sea temperature is 24°C / 75.3°F
- Mid Beach season - May to June and Second fortnight of September
- Low beach season - October to April
Note : Basic beach services are open through the year.
In peak season, public toilets, children games area, sun loungers, changing rooms, beach umbrellas, Wi-fi and facilities for watersports are available. In mid-season, all the facilities are available on weekends.
In the summer season, the Barcelona City Council reinforces support in high season with more life-guards, and also adds more facilities for bathing and sunbathing.
In low season, there is less swimming and bathing in the sea but almost everyone on the beaches of Barcelona will be sunbathing! Life guards are not stationed around beaches in low season.small beach towns around Barcelona for quieter beaches.
Average Sea Temperature in Barcelona
Being by the Mediterranean sea, Barcelona enjoys a pleasant climate but the waters do get cold in winters.
- January : 13.4°C / 56.2°F
- February : 13.1°C / 55.5°F
- March : 13.3°C / 55.9°F
- April : 15°C / 58.9°F
- May : 18°C / 64.5°F
- June : 21.9°C / 71.4°F
- July : 24°C / 75.1°F
- August : 25.2°C / 77.3°F
- September : 24°C / 75.3°F
- October : 21.8°C / 71.2°F
- November : 18.3°C / 64.9°F
- December : 15.4°C / 59.7°F
1. Green Flag : Safe to swim
2. Yellow Flag : Exercise Caution - strong current or winds
3. Red Flag : Not safe to swim
All urban beaches of Barcelona are supervised beaches. They are patrolled by Red Cross-certified lifeguards. However, lifeguards are posted only in mid and peak season. In the months of November, December, January, February or March, lifeguards are not posted on the beach as most people visit the beach for sun-bathing and not for a swim.
If you must go to the beach, I suggest taking a short trip to Sitges instead. Sitges has great beaches and a lot of style, shopping and food.
The train journey from Barcelona to Sitges takes only 35 minutes. Tickets to Sitges are only 4 euros and trains run every 20 minutes from Barcelona Sants towards Sitges. Board the trains with final destination either Vilanova i la Geltru or St. Vincenç de Calders.
Besides trains, there are frequent buses too.
Skip the beach in Barcelona if your intention is to spend a typical beach day (water and sand) that you could spend anywhere in the world.
There are so many other uniquely-Barcelona things to see and do in this inspiring city.
If you still want to go to the Barcelona beaches, take my advice on these highlights:
- Passeig Maritim nightclubs after dark, ideally around midnight.
- Port Vell cable car Transbordador Aeri Del Port from Torre San Sebastia on the beach, to Montjuic hill.
- The bar at W Hotel for the views of the city and beach, especially at night.
July, August, and September are high season. They are also the best time to visit Barcelona beaches. However, at this time of the year, beaches of Barcelona are crowded. When I say crowded, I mean huge crowds like the ones you would see at any music festival.
This is the time of the year when local residents abhor the fact that Barcelona has become a tourist magnet. Tourists also do not help keep the tempers down as they indulge in all sorts of activities. Just google for tourist activities in Barcelona beach!
Recently the locals went on a protest with T-shirts that proclaimed "Barceloneta isn't for sale" and "We don't want tourist in our buildings! This is not a beach resort".