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10 Best Beach Getaways Near Barcelona

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Get away from noisy, crowded Barcelona beaches, and find your own little slice of sandy paradise nearby. Beaches near Barcelona don't disappoint. Whether you prefer the secluded enclaves in Tossa de Mar, or the party vibe in Sitges, there's sure to be a beach for you within a few hours of Barcelona. Sample fresh seafood with vistas of clear waters all along Costa Brava, stopping off in picturesque villages like Calella and Cadaqués. Don’t miss the sweeping views from atop cliffs at Cap de Creus.
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Plaça Atlàntic, 2, 17210 Palafrugell, Girona, Spain
I realize that this is a highlight that may not even need words, since the image is so very convincing. If you find yourself exploring the Costa Brava ('Rugged Coast') of Spain, be sure not to miss the beach town of Calella and have lunch at the...
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17310 Lloret de Mar, Girona, Spain
Lloret de Mar is the mecca for drunk spring breakers, but this picturesque village is worth a short stop. From Barcelona, the scenic train ride will take about 2 hours. Walk past all the cheesy tourist shops and find the beach. Sit back and enjoy!...
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08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
I had visited the beach in Barcelona, and as those who have experienced it know, it is slammed pack and the water is close to factories! I wanted to find a beach away from the city craze, clean sea water and eccentric little restaurants to cater...
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17320 Tossa de Mar, Girona, Spain
Tossa de Mar, along the Costa Brava, is just under two hours away from Barcelona by bus, but it feels worlds away. Even on an overcast evening, the quaint little town still manages to shine. Hotel Cap d'Or, on the edge of the main strip, is a...
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17255 Fornells, Girona, Spain
The dramatic geography of 'Costa Brava' favors the natural occurrence of many fantastic beaches, some of them more suited for swimming than others. Having arrived to Fornells for a short stopover, I asked locals how to find the closest beach....
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La Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain
The city’s old fishing quarter, Barceloneta, is a warren of narrow residential streets dotted with classic family-owned seafood restaurants. The neighborhood is charming, if a bit scruffy, but its biggest asset is its proximity to Barcelona...
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Combine a visit to an archaeological site with some time relaxing on one of Palamós’s most beautiful beaches at the Castell Iberian settlement. The ruins of a pre-Roman Iberian settlement crown a peninsula to the east of Palamós. Take a short walk...
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Cadaqués, Girona, Spain
The Costa Brava of the Mediterranean is truly a magical place and there is no wonder why so many notable artists frequented the small town of Cadeques, Spain over the last century. This old fishing village is the epitome of picturesque with its...
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Carrer Dues Palmeres, 25, 17230 Palamós, Girona, Spain
La Fosca is one of the most popular beaches around Palamós. It’s a five-minute drive or a 20-minute walk north of the town's marina. The sandy interior of the cove is divided by a rocky promontory in the middle, while the ruins of the Castle of...
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S’Alguer Cove sits between Fosca Beach and Castell Beach. Fishermen have camped here since the 16th century, pulling their small boats up onto the sand. Today it is a designated Cultural Heritage Site for its colorful cottages that stand near the...