Separated from neighbouring Bogatell Beach by the Mar Bella breakwater, the golden sands of Mar Bella Beach stretch as far as the Bac de Roda breakwater, which is a distance of some 500 metres.
Like all the beaches in the District of Sant Martí, Bogatell came about as a result of the cleaning up of the Barcelona Beaches and demolition of the disused factories that separated the city from its seafront in preparation for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
Along with Bogatell Beach, Mar Bella is one of the most central and popular sections of this newer stretch of Barcelona seafront and is backed by the neighbourhood of El Poblenou with its lovely Rambla, lined with bars and restaurants.
Mar Bella has a number of xiringuitos or beach bars but its proximity to El Poblenou means that it is easy to get a drink or something to eat at regular prices.
Mar Bella's main attraction is the fact that it has a nudist area and it is also particularly popular with the gay community.
In fact, there's a beach bar with the unequivocal name, Xiringuito BeGay, which serves as a place to eat, drink and hang out during the day and puts on events in the evening.
This is a well-equipped modern beach with lifeguard service, showers and public toilets and there are a number of sports, sailing and aquatic centres, Base Nàutica Municipal de la Mar Bella, Complex Esportiu Municipal Mar Bella and Vanas Dive Centre de submarinisme.
Platja de la Mar Bella
Passeig Marítim de la Mar Bella, 126
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