Your beach, very close by
You're sure to have a long list of tourist attractions you want to visit in Barcelona, but it's the summertime and what you really feel like doing is going to the beach, spreading your towel on the sand and relaxing for a few hours next to the sea... Would that be too much to ask for? Of course not! Explore the beaches of Costa Barcelona by train; your wish will come true in no time.
You'll see one fantastic beach after another along the R1 commuter line, which offers some spectacular views between Sant Adrià de Besòs and Malgrat de Mar. If you put your mobile phone away and look out of the window, you'll see a diverse, changing landscape, where family beaches alternate with nudist ones, marinas with fishing ports, little modernist palaces with fishermen's houses, and relaxing terraces with the excitement of nautical centres. This variety is the main feature of a coastline that has been attracting plenty of visitors for a long time.
And to the south of Barcelona you'll find some lovely beaches that are easily reached on the R2 commuter line. One the one hand, there are stops at urban beaches with plenty of services and activities to make your stay more pleasant, two examples being Castelldefels and Cubelles, where the Blue Flag is flying this year. But, on the other hand, it also takes you to small, sheltered coves such as those of Garraf, real natural paradises where you can enjoy absolute peace and quiet if you visit during the week.
With the travel cards of Rodalies de Catalunya (commuter rail service) you can travel right along the Barcelona coastline, saving time, hassle and money. Find out which type of travel card works out cheapest for you on the website of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona.
Map with zones of Rodalies de Catalunya (Renfe, commuter rail service)
Travel cards of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)
Barcelona Tourist Board
Maresme Tourist Board
Baix Llobregat Tourist Board
Garraf Tourist Board