FAQs about beaches during lockdown exit

The beaches will be open only for walking or doing exercise, using the approved access points within the specified time periods. Further information

  • View of Barcelona's coastline

Accessing the beaches

Yes, you can do water sports, entering the sea individually via signposted access points, between 6 am and 10 am and from 8 pm to 11 pm.

Recreational swimming and sunbathing are not permitted under any circumstances.

As part of the Covid-19 lockdown-exit process, beaches will be open exclusively for walking and for the practice of individual sports activities, using the signposted access points during authorised time periods. Recreational swimming and sunbathing are not permitted.

Can I go to the beaches in Barcelona?

Barcelona’s beaches will be open from 6 am to 11 pm, offering a local natural space where people can walk and do exercise within the specified time periods. The approved access points must be used and a minimum social distance should be kept in order to avoid crowding.

  • From 6 am to 10 am: sports for people aged 14-69 and federated minors accompanied by adults.
  • From 10 am to 12 am: people over 70 years old.
  • From 12 noon to 7 pm: young children (maximum of three children up to the age of 14)
  • From 7 pm to 8 pm: people over 70 years old.
  • From 8 pm to 11 pm: sports for people aged 14-69 and federated minors accompanied by adults.

Remember that:

  • Recreational swimming and sunbathing are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Anybody from the municipality can go during the times established for sports activities. Outside of these hours, only people living within one kilometre of the beaches can go there.
  • Public transport and private vehicles may not be used to reach the beach. Journeys should only be made on foot or by bike.
  • Please pay attention to instructions from the City Police (Guàrdia Urbana) and the information given over the PA system.

Where are the beach access points?

  • Sant Sebastià beach: via Plaça del Mar / Passeig Mare Nostrum and Passeig Mare Nostrum "CNB"
  • Sant Miquel beach: via Plaça del Mar and in front of Carrer de l’Almirall Aixada
  • Barceloneta beach: in front of Carrer de Pepe Rubianes and at the Gas groyne
  • Somorrostro beach: in front of Carrer de Trelawny and in front of Moll de Marina
  • Nova Icària beach: via the Meteorological Centre ramp and in front of the Bogatell groyne
  • Bogatell beach: in front of the Bogatell groyne and at the Nautical Base (Mar Bella groyne)
  • Mar Bella beach: at the Nautical Base (Mar Bella groyne) and at the Bac de Roda groyne
  • Nova Mar Bella beach: via Carrer de Bac de Roda and Carrer de la Selva de Mar
  • Llevant beach: in front of Carrer de la Selva de Mar and in front of Carrer de Josep Pla

What condition will the beaches be in?

Following recommendations from the health authorities, and with the shared aim of limiting Covid-19 propagation, Barcelona City Council has decided to postpone the start of the swimming season, and has therefore suspended all associated services, such as rescue and lifesaving, beach cleaning and the collection of floating waste from coastal waters.

This also includes the urgent repairs and actions at city beaches relating to storm Gloria. These affect seafront establishments, beach signposting, loudspeakers and information panels, among other things. Operations to stabilise and shape Barcelona's beaches have been halted too.

That means on some beaches there may be an accumulation of plant matter, trunks and branches, piles of sand, and walkways that have become displaced, warped or uneven.

Municipal services are starting work to recover normal conditions.

Can I swim in the sea?

For the time being, recreational swimming is not allowed. Only water sports are permitted, entering the sea individually through signposted access points during authorised time periods.

Do the beaches have rescue and lifesaving services?

The rescue and lifesaving services on Barcelona’s beaches are not operational. Therefore, do not expose yourself to unnecessary risks.

Can I do water-sport activities?

Yes, you can do water sports, entering the sea individually via signposted access points, between 6 am and 10 am and from 8 pm to 11 pm.

Accessing the beaches

Yes, you can do water sports, entering the sea individually via signposted access points, between 6 am and 10 am and from 8 pm to 11 pm.

Recreational swimming and sunbathing are not permitted under any circumstances.

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