Six top beach bars in Barcelona

Ah, summer in Barcelona. Sightseeing at the Sagrada Familia, strolls along Las Ramblas, and beach, beach, beach. There’s no better way to relax after a long day of discovering the Catalan capital than by kicking back with a cool cocktail and some traditional Spanish tapas at one of the many beach bars in Barcelona. These popular hangouts, which can be found all along the seven main Barcelona beaches, come in many different shapes and sizes, from the popular “chiringuitos” to the biggest clubs and pubs lining the shore. Here you can dig into a delectable meal, enjoy a cheeky drink or two or simply chill out with the magical Mediterranean as your backdrop!

El Xiringuito de Escribà Beach bar at Barcelona Photo: http://xiringuitoescriba.com/

El Xiringuito de Escribà Beach bar at Barcelona

Chiringuitos

The chiringuitos of Barcelona are a favorite among visitors and locals alike during the warm summer months.  Best described as open shacks built on the sand where patrons can unwind during the day and party at night, they make for a great place to relax from dusk ‘til dawn.  These cool beach bars offer a wide variety of drinks and snacks, ranging from authentic tapas to some of the best seafood in the city. With some chiringuitos hosting live DJ sets, you can even enjoy a memorable beach party or catch some summer sports on the big screen TVs!

Whether you’re renting one of the many beach apartments in Barcelona and are looking to frequent these summer hotspots daily, or you’re just in search of a place to shake off the heat, head to one of these top chiringuitos or beach bars in Barcelona:

El Xiringuito de Escribà

El Xiringuito de Escribà, located on the beautiful Bogatell Beach, offers a delicious take on typical Mediterranean cuisine as well as some fresh seafood dishes. This bar-restaurant has a menu of cool cocktails to enjoy with your meal and is situated on one of the trendiest beaches in Barcelona. Be sure to save some room for dessert, as this venue is renowned for satisfying that sweet tooth!

Where to find it: Avinguda del Litoral, 42.  Metro L4-Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica Website: Xiringuitoescriba.com

IceBarcelona in Barcelona Photo: http://www.icebcn.com/

IceBarcelona in Barcelona

Icebarcelona

In search of a truly unique night out? If so, look no further than Icebarcelona! This ice bar is situated just steps from the beach, making it one of the top spots to cool down on a hot summer night. No need to bring a jacket, for as soon as you walk in, you’ll be handed a cozy winter coat and gloves. Don’t miss your chance to take a seat on one of the Park Güell-style benches while you enjoy your drinks that come served in frozen ice glasses. This one’s a great place to “chill” out!

Where to find it: C/ Ramón Trias Fargas, 2. Metro L4 -Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica Website: www.icebcn.com

Shoko in Barcelona Photo: http://www.shoko.biz/

Shoko in Barcelona

Shôko

Shôko, one of Barcelona’s best known nightclubs, is situated right on the beachfront, a location that allows for beautiful seaside views as you sip on your drink of choice. The unique décor adds an extra special touch, and with dishes ranging from European to Asian, you can’t go wrong with dinner and drinks at this chic locale. Don’t miss the amazing theme parties at Shôko, a club that is a regular host to all-star international DJs like Felix de Housecat and Sammy Jo from the Scissor Sisters.

Where to find it: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 36. Metro L4 -Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica Website: www.shoko.biz

Princesa 23 Beach Bar in Barcelona Photo: http://www.princesa23.es/

Princesa 23 Beach Bar in Barcelona

Princesa 23

In the middle of the Barceloneta Beach promenade, you will find Princesa 23. The location of this chiringuito right on the sand makes it one of the most frequented in town. This place serves refreshing cocktails at reasonable prices and we recommend you stop by after 7pm to grab a discounted mojito or caipirinha as you watch the sun go down.

Where to find it: Barceloneta Beach. Metro L4 -Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica Website: www.princesa23.es

El Boo Beach Club

If you’re looking for a place with a more local atmosphere, then head to El Boo, one of the coolest beach clubs in Barcelona. A favorite among Barcelona residents, you can find this chiringuito situated on a small pier between the Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella beaches, making it a perfect place to relax by the Med.We recommend reserving one of their seaside hammocks or VIP beds so you can catch some rays in style.

Where to find it: Espigó de Bac de Roda, 1. Metro L4 – Poblenou Website: www.elboo.es

El Boo in Barcelona Photo www.elboo.es

El Boo in Barcelona

Mochima Bars

The Mochima Bars are a great place to enjoy a few drinks, morning, noon and night. This chain of chiringuitos can be found on both the Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella beaches and both happening huts are bit hits with the local crowd. Dig into the variety of Mexican-style snacks on offer, sit back with a refreshing “bebida” and if you are looking for a memorable Sunday night out during summer, head here for one of their free beach parties with live DJs!

Where to find them: Take Metro L4 to Poblenou and head along the beaches

So, whether it’s a relaxing afternoon under the Spanish sun you’re after or a full-on fiesta at one of the liveliest spots in town this summer, there will definitely be a beach bar in Barcelona for you!

This article is brought to you by Apartment Barcelona, a short and long term apartment rental agency with over 200 beach apartments in Barcelona.

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Photo Credits: El Xiringuito de Escribà by Xiringuitoescriba.com, Icebarcelona by www.icebcn.com, Shôko by www.shoko.biz, Princesa 23 by www.princesa23.es, El Boo by www.elboo.es

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A day out in Barcelona for the family

Barcelona is a fantastic place to go as a couple for a city break but there are also a wide range of great attractions and activities that are fun for the whole family. From theme parks and zoos, to museums and breathtaking sights, you are guaranteed a family holiday to remember in Barcelona.

Barcelona Tbidabo Amusment Park Photo: Shaun Woods

Barcelona Tbidabo Amusment Park

Tibidabo Mountain – more than just the Amusement Park

Take a train from the city centre and then change to the Tramvia Blau tram to take you halfway up the Tibidabo Mountain. Taking a funicular train from the halfway point to the top, you will find the Tibidabo Amusement Park waiting for you on the summit. Before introducing the family to the rides and mayhem inside the gates, take some time to enjoy the gorgeous views of Barcelona from the top of the mountain. There is also a beautiful church to explore at the summit, which is well worth a peek before the amusement park. Take the Tibidabo Sky Walk, which offers stunning surroundings and views, and was the location Woody Allen chose for filming ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’.

The amusement park itself is over a hundred years old, making it one of the oldest in the world. Aside from the obvious theme park attractions: rides, restaurants, picnic sites, Tibadabo Amusement Park also features the curious Automaton Museum, which contains some fascinating examples of late 19th century and early 20th century automata. The exhibits in the museum are in excellent condition and the collection is widely acknowledged as amongst the finest in the world. You can easily spend a full day at the summit of Tibidabo, however don’t lose track of the park closing time or you could face substantial queues for the return journey downhill, or worse, find yourself stranded at the top of a mountain!

Barcelona Cosmocaixa Science Museum Photo: Wojtek Gurak

Barcelona Cosmocaixa Science Museum

Hands-on science and historical experiences

Barcelona has plenty standard city attractions, such as the aquarium at Port Vell and the nearby IMAX cinema. At the aquarium, children may be able to engage in ‘Sleeping with Sharks’. This is an event where 8-12 year old kids are given the chance to spend the night at the aquarium, following a programme of educational activities. The Cosmocaixa Science Museum features an outstanding recreation of the Amazonian rainforest ecosystem, with piranhas, crocodiles and other animal and plant species. Kids will also go wild for the Museu de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum), which, alongside learning about chocolate’s cultural and historical impact, features activities and workshops for a more hands-on experience of the sweet stuff!

Poble Espanyol de Montjuic Photo: gadgetdan of Flickr

Poble Espanyol de Montjuic

More out of the ordinary attractions include the fascinating Poble Espanyol, a real village comprising of a range of streets and squares, free of traffic and surrounded by lush greenery. The Poble Espanyol is an open-air museum, with full-scale replicas of 117 buildings from different parts of Spain. The Poble was built on Montjuïc Mountain, for the 1929 International Exhibition. In addition to an engaging experience of authentic Spanish architecture, the Poble Espanyol also comprises over 40 arts and crafts workshops selling one-off signature pieces. The ‘Poble for Kids’ programme organises activities such as performances and interactive workshops for children.

Collserola Tower Photo: Oh-Barcelona.com of Flickr

Collserola Tower

To feast kids’ eyes as much as their minds, take them up to the observation deck of the Mirador-Collserola Tower, 560m above sea level. From there, it is possible to see 70km views of Barcelona. However, you will need to pre-book a taxi to get there. It is worth asking your Barcelona airport transfer taxi driver when you arrive about how much they’d charge to get you to the tower. For a short drive, the views make the experience utterly worthwhile.

Barcelona Montjuïc Magic Fountain Photo: Christian Baudet

Barcelona Montjuïc Magic Fountain

Breathtaking views

And, if it’s views you’re after, you could do much worse than visiting the Montjuïc Magic Fountain, at the end of Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, during one of the famous displays. During the spring and summer, displays take place every Thursday to Sunday night, from 9-11:30pm (Fri and Sat 7-9pm in winter). The displays are absolutely spectacular: moving water jets, lit in a shifting spectrum of colour, synchronised with light and music. Sometimes, the displays are accompanied by large firework displays, making the spectacle all the more breathtaking.

These are just a few ideas for the myriad ways you and your family can enjoy Barcelona. There are few cities in the world as vibrant, safe and engaging as Barcelona, where a new adventure is around every corner.

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Photo credits: Barcelona Tbidabo by Shaun Woods, Barcelona Cosmocaixa Science Museum by Wojtek Gurak, Poble Espanyol de Montjuic by gadgetdan, Collserola Tower by Oh-Barcelona.com, and Barcelona Montjuïc Magic Fountain by Christian Baudet.

For more info on Barcelona

Montjuïc in Barcelona – the hill that has it all
Barcelona: Portal to the Fantasy World of Gaudi

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Hiking Through History in Montserrat – Spain

There are few things better than going on a really beautiful hike, but the location can make a huge difference in how memorable the experience will be. Montserrat mountain is the ideal place for a trek, striking a perfect balance of beauty with a rich history. Its unique geological structure was formed over the past millions of years and is one of Europe’s most remarkable natural sights.

Visit the Monastery at Montserrat, Spain Photo: BCN Travel

Visit the Monastery at Montserrat, Spain

A site of religious pilgrimage

The mountain, just northwest of Barcelona, brings around two million visitors each year on religious pilgrimage. Even if you are not religious, Montserrat is one place where a spiritual revelation of some kind is almost guaranteed. As the beating heart of Catalonia, it is just that special.

Over a thousand years ago, hermit monks walked the same paths that crisscross up the mountain today. When stepping on the mountain, you can feel the history in the air and the soil. Each path leads to a natural or historical wonder with views to satisfy any explorer. Head to the peak of Sant Jeroni, where you can see Spain glimmering in the sun in all directions. Or check out the Monastery, originally built in 1025, and then rebuilt in 1858, after Napoleon’s army burnt it down at the turn of the 17th Century.

Hiker's view of the Montserrat Monastery, Spain Photo: plsg77 of Flickr

Hiker’s view of the Montserrat Monastery, Spain

Hiking on Montserrat Mountain

The wide varieties of stunning paths on Montserrat Mountain vary in length and difficulty. This makes it perfect for any traveler, whatever their hiking skill level. With numerous sets of steep rock stairs and paths that scale the side of the mountain, experienced hikers will find a challenge, while for new adventurers there are numerous short, shaded paths that encourage meditation, without working up too much of a sweat.

Montserrat Mountain Photo: kygp of Flickr

Hiking trails on Montserrat Mountain

For more information about visiting the Monastery at Montserrat, visit their website

My thanks for this guest article brought to you by BCN Travel – a local team that is dedicated to making your stay in Barcelona the best possible.

Photo credits: Montserrat by plsg77, Montserrat Mountain by kygp, other photos by BCN Travel.

More things to see and do in Barcelona

Barcelona: Portal to the Fantasy World of Gaudi
Where to find truly great tapas in Barcelona
Montjuïc in Barcelona – the hill that has it all

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