Only a few minutes away from Barcelona and its international airport Castelldefels, between the mountainous massif of Garraf on the Mediterranean has more than five kilometres of fine beaches.
Sitges beaches, just south of Barcelona. Photo Werner Lang
45 minutes south of Barcelona, Sitges is famously gay and attractive. It has seventeen fine sand beaches, including several Blue Flag award winners such as Terramar, ten urban beaches and a couple of isolated rural beaches such as gay friendly Playa del Muerto, however when it comes to plain old sunbathing, Playas de la Ribera and La Fragata in the town centre is where the majority of the crowds go. Most of the beaches are ideal for swimming with sheltered calm waters.
Cala Fonda, near Tarragona
Locally known as Waikiki Beach, Cala Fonda is one of the most untouched and isolated nudist beaches in Spain, with scenic natural settings backed by pine woods but almost no facilities and only accessible on foot.
La Mora Beach, Tarragona
This small, well-managed, Blue Flag beach has natural vegetation, tranquil waters and ancient ruins!
It offers excellent facilities, some sizeable Roman structures, a castle, good parking, restaurants, camping and a variety of sports. If you prefer an urban beach, try the popular, Blue Flag El Miracle Beach with its enjoyable Rafael de Casanova promenade leading from the city centre.