Bathing season

  • Panoramic view of the Barcelona coastline
  • View of a sandy beach with groups of people laying on the sand and others playing sports
  • Sports and relax area by the sea
  • Panoramic view of the Barcelona coastline

Bathing season calendar

Beach mid-season: from 27 to 31 March, from 1 to 5 April and every weekend in April, from 1 to 28 May and from 13 to 26 September. All beach rescue and first aid facilities on Barcelona's beaches are open to the public from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm.

Beach high season: from 29 May to 12 September. Customer service hours are from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm in all premises.

There will continue to be full information and recommendations from protective measures against the spread of Covid-19, which will have to be respected in public spaces, mainly maintenance of safety distances and crowd avoidance.

The mild Mediterranean climate means that the city's beaches can be used throughout the entire year for all kinds of activities, although it is clear that main demand starts in springtime and above all throughout the summer months. It is throughout this period that the Barcelona City Council has to equip and service the beaches to enable their use as a bathing and sunbathing space, fulfilling all possible guarantees in terms of security, rescuing, health and environmental assistance.

Each year a Plan of Uses is drawn up for the Barcelona beach season, covering all the requirements set by the competent authorities as well as the equipment and services that the City Council considers vital for the recreational use of this important part of the city.

The services and equipment are activated in line with the influx and needs of each of the two periods into with the bathing season is divided. Thus, in mid season services and equipment vary from weekdays to weekends and depending on weather conditions. In high season all services and equipment are on offer every day, although they may vary in intensity depending on the rate of activity.

2021 bathing season calendar

Bathing mid-season: from 27 to 31 March, from 1 to 5 April and every weekend in April, from 1 to 28 May and from 13 to 26 September. All public toilets except for the ones at Sant Sebastià and the Fòrum are open from 10.30 am to 6 pm. All beach rescue and first aid facilities on Barcelona's beaches are open to the public from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm. The information facilities on the lLa Barceloneta, Bogatell and Nova Mar Bella beaches are open.

Bathing high season: from 30 May to 13 September. Customer service hours are from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm in all premises. Public toilets are open from 10.30 am to 9.00 pm.

Beach low season: the rest of the year. Only the Beach Management offices, on the Bogatell breakwater and the public toilets on the Gas, Somorrostro and Bogatell breakwater remain open.

Life Saving Service and Life Guard Service

The rescue and Lifeguard Service resumes with the start of the bathing season on all beaches during the mid-season, operating from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm, with an extended service during the high season from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm.

Once the bathing season is over, there are no rescue and lifesaving services, which means that everyone using the beach will be responsible for their own actions.

Bathing season calendar

Beach mid-season: from 27 to 31 March, from 1 to 5 April and every weekend in April, from 1 to 28 May and from 13 to 26 September. All beach rescue and first aid facilities on Barcelona's beaches are open to the public from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm.

Beach high season: from 29 May to 12 September. Customer service hours are from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm in all premises.

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