Sant Sebastià is one of the oldest beaches in Barcelona next to the Barceloneta beach. Located in the Ciutat Vella district, in the Barceloneta neighborhood, it’s 1.100 meters (aprox.) long and 81 meters wide. It is usually used by locals, a total of 70% of its users are from Barcelona. At the far end of this beach we can find famous hotel W, popularly known as “Vela” (sale), and a cable car that takes you to the Montjuïc Mountain. You can find all kinds of restaurants and even swimming clubs.
This beach was created in a historical fishermen neighborhood. During the nineteenth century, bathing areas opened on the beaches of la Barceloneta; where the city’s elite could combine swimming in the open sea with different treatments. Sant Sebastià beach was the first to allow both men and women in the bathing zone together, which caused a scandal at that time.
In 2004, a sculpture by Alfredo Lanz was placed in Plaça del Mar (Sea Square). It is a homage to Swimming and it depicts different swimming styles such as water polo, synchronized swimming or speed swimming.
At the end of the beach, hotel W was built in 2009 by architect Ricardo Bofill. It is shaped like a sale, which is why locals call it Vela. It has since become a symbol of Barcelona’s skyline although there is questioning about its location right next to the sea.
On the beach you’ll find drink and ice cream kiosks, information spots, adapted showers, public bathrooms, parasols, infirmary, local police, lockers and plenty of hammocks.
Just off the beach there are all kinds of restaurants where you can eat on the terrace with incredible views to the sea. You can choose from paella, curry to pasta and many more.
By this beach we can also find two swimming clubs: Club Natació Atlètic- Barceloneta and Club Natació Barcelona.
There are also free sessions of cinema on the beach during summer.
You can get to Sant Sebastià beach on the metro and walk for five minutes or by bus.
Metro: L4, Barceloneta
Bus: 14, 16, 17, 39, 40, 45, 51, 57, 59, 64 and 157