Located in the neighbourhood of La Barceloneta, Sant Sebastià Beach is the most western of the Barcelona Beaches, and along with Barceloneta Beach, has the longest tradition as a site for bathing in the city.
This was where the first open-air salt water swimming pools were built in the early 20th century, which at the time were the reserve of the Barcelonan bourgeoisie.
Sant Sebastià runs into Barceloneta Beach with no obvious dividing line between them and this makes these two together one of the longest stretches of unbroken beach in Barcelona.
Like Barceloneta, Sant Sebastià was extensively remodelled before the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games but is a little less popular than its neighbour as it is a little further from the nearest metro station.
This section of beach is well-equipped with lifeguards, showers and public toilets and is also home to two of Barcelona's most important swimming clubs, Club Natació Atlètic-Barceloneta and Club Natació Barcelona, which not only run competitive swimming teams but also have their own pools and fitness centres for public use.
The recent building of Five-Star Hotel W Barcelona has given rise to the construction of a quiet little bay at the far end of the beach, which is lined with restaurants.
Platja de Sant Sebastià
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 2
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