Bathing mid-season starts at the city’s beaches

The start of the mid-season means life-saving and information services are now in operation, sports activities by zone are now regulated and the ban on smoking is firmly in place at the beaches. The dog beach is 20% bigger this year and will be opening on 27 May.

07/04/2023 10:17 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The new regulations for sports activity at the beaches establishes the following limits.

Free sports can be pursued at the six areas for this at the Sant Miquel, Somorrostro, Nova Icària and Bogatell beaches, with no limits on times, while organised sport is at the specified areas, with authorisation and established times.

Surfing, paddle surf and sailing are always allowed, away from the bathing area, except if the emergency plan is in place for rough seas or unless security forces prohibit it.

Recreational fishing is allowed at all beaches from 9 pm to 10 am, and as from 7 pm at Barceloneta beach.

Dog beach: 20% bigger

The space set aside for people with dogs is at Llevant beach and opens for the high season on 27 May.

The space is bigger this year, covering an area of 1,500 square metres with a capacity for 120 dogs. As with previous years, animals must have a chip to access the beach.

Healthier smoke-free beaches

The ban on smoking and the consumption of products which release nicotine is being consolidated, the goal being to preserve people’s health and keep spaces clean.

Active services

The bathing mid-season is from 1 to 10 April, weekends in April and May and from 18 to 25 September. The following services are in operation:

  • 60 lifeguards and 21 watchtowers
  • Public toilets
  • Showers: one per beach, owing to the drought
  • Beach bars offering loungers and parasols to rent
  • Additional cleaning of water, sand and hard areas
  • Beach Centre: free activities and awareness actions

The assisted bathing service operates during high season.

Information in real time

Citizens can receive up-to-date information on:

  • State of the sea
  • Colour of flags
  • Water quality
  • Water and air temperature
  • Presence of jellyfish
  • Occupancy at the beaches, with a traffic-light system
  • Location of services

You can check information on information panels, the Info Platges app and the website.

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