The sea is never far away in La Barceloneta, with a maze of narrow, shaded streets all leading to the bright blue Mediterranean. This down-to-earth neighbourhood was once home to Barcelona’s fishing fleet. Today, it’s still a great spot for fresh seafood, and its local restaurants have been joined by upmarket beachfront bars and surf shops.
To give you easy access to the shore, we’ve picked out five of the best self-catering stays near Barceloneta Beach.*
Deco Apartments – Born
Sip a sangría on the sunny rooftop terrace, overlooking the El Born quarter
Deco Apartments - Born can be found in the medieval El Born neighbourhood, a 17-minute stroll from the beachfront. Inside each airy apartment, you’ll find exposed stone walls, vaulted ceilings and plenty of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests love the boutique Mediterranean décor and thoughtful details – down to the corkscrews provided in the fully-equipped kitchens. There’s a shared rooftop terrace where you can sip wine in the sun, or if you fancy heading out when the sun goes down, the bars of Passeig del Born are just a few steps away.
Inside Barcelona Apartments Esparteria
Indoor brickwork and wooden beams give these pads an urban feel
Decorated in neutral tones, with brick walls and polished wood floors, Inside Barcelona Apartments Esparteria have an understated elegance. Each spacious apartment has its own living area, a modern kitchenette and a small balcony overlooking the street – guests say it’s the perfect spot for people-watching. There’s also a communal roof terrace with sun loungers and views of nearby Santa Maria del Mar Church. Step out of the front door and you’ll find yourself moments from Passeig del Born, and a 16-minute walk from Barceloneta Beach itself.
1840 Apartments Barcelona
Top sights like Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya are short walks away
1840 Apartments Barcelona are between Port Vell harbour and La Barceloneta, just a 14-minute walk from the beach. Each apartment opts for a base white scheme, with occasional pops of bright colour and bold patterned wallpapers, with a few rooms providing harbour views. The living areas are designed for you to feel right at home in: squishy sofas, oversized rugs and big flat-screen TVs. When you do decide to venture out of the apartment, you’ll find 7 Portes, one of Barcelona’s best-known restaurants, and local favourite La Xampanyeria, a cava bar ideal for a well-deserved nightcap.
Sweet Inn Apartments - Villa Olympica Mediterranean
Let the nautical theme wash over you in the bedroom
Sweet Inn Apartments - Villa Olympica Mediterranean looks directly onto Port Olímpic harbour from a sunny private terrace. This spacious three-bedroom apartment brings the seaside indoors with its blue and white décor, driftwood furniture and fishing nets hung on the walls. A guest relations team is on hand to help you with everything from airport transfers to grocery deliveries, and you’ll find shops and restaurants lining the marina. Villa Olímpica beach is right across the road, while Barceloneta is a 12-minute stroll along the sand.
Apartament Colon Bcn
Plants, fresh flowers and bamboo sticks give this place an earthy feel
Located on the edge of Barcelona’s Gothic and Born districts, Apartament Colon Bcn is a tasteful blend of old and new. In the main living-dining area, beamed ceilings are painted white, with grey and blue furnishings and abstract paintings adding a hint of colour. The well-equipped kitchen is all gleaming steel and modern appliances, including a Nespresso coffee machine. There’s even a tiny balcony overlooking Port Vell harbour. The surrounding streets are lined with restaurants and bars – including El Xampanyet, famous for its cava and tapas – and Barceloneta Beach is within a 15-minute walk.
*The data scientists at Booking.com used internal data to find the closest, most highly rated properties to Barceloneta Beach.