The name of Barceloneta Beach is indelibly associated with the old fishing neighbourhood of the same name, La Barceloneta, which today is famous for its fish and seafood restaurants.
Together with Sant Sebastià Beach, Barceloneta is one of the Barcelona Beaches with most tradition for bathing in the city, when swimming in the sea became fashionable in the early 20th century.
In fact, it is mentioned in by Miguel de Cervantes and is where Don Quixote is beaten by the knight Blanca Luna and decides to give up his life as a wandering knight.
The beach was completely remodelled prior to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and today is particularly popular with foreign tourists.
It is a particularly well-equipped beach with showers, lifeguards and sports facilities and in the arches under the Passeig Maritim, you'll the Espai de Mar, which is a municipally-run sports and health centre open from 11 am to 2 pm throughout the summer months.
One of the reasons for Barceloneta's popularity is its proximity to Barcelona City Centre and the fact that it has a metro station so close.
Platja de la Barceloneta
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 16
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