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The Beach Centre: seaside activities

The Beach Centre

Address

Pg. Marítim Barceloneta, 25-29      La Barceloneta (Ciutat Vella)  08003 Barcelona

Opening hours

The information point will be open from 26 May to 16 September, from 10 am to 7 pm, Mondays to Sundays.

The environmental education facility will be open from 3 April to 30 September, from 10 am to 2 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays.

The Beach Centre is a municipal environmental and information facility on Barcelona's coastal area. Located along the Somorrostro beach's arcades, opposite Hospital del Mar, it provides a space for information, meetings and training for anyone interested in Barcelona’s coastline and its related aspects.

Launched in 2006 by Barcelona City Council, the Beach Centre offers a range of services, from exhibitions, workshops, routes, storytelling sessions, shows, informal discussions and games to information on the coastline, free loan of beach-games and more. 

Sea, sand and marine diversity are the Beach Centre’s central attractions. It offers a programme of free activities and the Beach Laboratory.

As an environmental education facility, the Beach Centre will be open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, from 3 April to 30 September 2018. It provides for consultations and bookings in person, by phone (932 210 348) or email (centreplatja@bcn.cat).

And, as an information point, it will be open from 26 May to 16 September, 10 am to 7 pm, Mondays to Sundays.

The Beach Laboratory

The facility also has a Beach Laboratory, a travelling module that covers Barcelona's beaches and takes part in special events, to offer city residents and beach users a range of educational activities for discovering the marine and coastal ecosystem. Work in different fields is carried out there, including microplastics, Barcelona's coastal fauna and flora and sand and sea water, as well as the cross-cutting effects and consequences of climate change. The activities are offered to passers-by as well as groups that have booked in advance.

Activities

As for activities, whether for groups or individuals, the facility offers routes and guided tours around the coastal area (the beach, coastal neighbourhoods such as  Barceloneta and Poble Nou, the port etc.,) and marine-biodiversity discovery activities, including family workshops and documentary screenings that everyone is welcome to attend. A host of group activities are also offered, aimed at various types of participants (children, young people, adults and elderly people), and can be requested by any collective (libraries, youth clubs, schools, summer camps, youth centres, old people’s centres etc.) 

The Beach Centre has room for temporary exhibitions on Barcelona's coastal area and its historical and natural history. The coastal area's transformation is a major goal for this environmental education centre, which is dedicated to promoting Barcelona's coastal area, its environmental wealth, the marine ecosystem and a civic and sustainable use of the city's beaches.

The Beach Centre is tasked this year (2018) with launching and coordinating the Barcelona coastal-seabed cleaning project. The main goal here is to coordinate various entities that are keen to take action of this kind, so they can promote a better handling of initiatives and thereby enable diagnoses to be made of the waste we are currently finding in the sea beds of the city’s beaches. Cleaning initiatives will be complemented with educational and information activities to encourage work on the project’s educational areas and themes, including: biodiversity and conservation; environment and coastline; waste management and citizen science and awareness-raising. Anyone interested in taking part as a volunteer in these initiatives can contact the Beach Centre and find out how to take part in its various initiatives planned for the year. 

Last but not least, note that the Beach Centre is promoting all its activities in collaboration with other entities, associations and collectives linked to Barcelona’s coastal areas, by boosting collaborative networking, for example, with the Barceloneta says 0 Plastic! platform. Users, will also have a meeting room at their disposal for holding training sessions or meetings and taking advantage of the available resources (computers, projector, blackboard, WiFi, etc.)

The Beach Centre

Address

Pg. Marítim Barceloneta, 25-29      La Barceloneta (Ciutat Vella)  08003 Barcelona

Opening hours

The information point will be open from 26 May to 16 September, from 10 am to 7 pm, Mondays to Sundays.

The environmental education facility will be open from 3 April to 30 September, from 10 am to 2 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays.

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