Playa de la Mar Bella
Playa de la Mar Bella
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Created for the 1992 Summer Olympics, this city beach is a lively spot that's especially popular amongst younger locals and travelers. You can sunbathe on the beach or swim in the cool waters, and even play some beach volleyball, basketball, and table tennis at the facilities provided. Water sports lovers can also visit the nautical center at the western end for sailing or windsurfing. There's even a designated nudist area, one of the only ones in the city. End your day at the beach after going on a coastal tour of Barcelona, which might pass by Playa de La Barceloneta and Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Mark
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
Unlike many naturist beaches which are in less accessible locations, this beach is as easy to reach as any other beach in Barcelona. Nice sand, clean, warm sea water. And unlike some clothing optional beaches, this was indeed optional with no apparent pressures. Some in full swimwear, some topless, some naked. Nobody seemed bothered by the options people took. And fair balance of men and women, clothed or not.
It was also much more easy going than I had expected. Part of the beach was shielded from view, but most of it was not. Passers-by could easily see the beach was clothes optional. Many people walking to the bar/showers/toilets were naked and nobody was bothered. So a place that seemed open and accessible to all. Worth a visit if only because it is easy, different and accommodates all.
Written September 5, 2022
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Gregory K
Gloucester, UK210 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My wife and I headed for Mar Bella on a scorching hot afternoon looking to enjoy a nude swim. But we arrived to find the site crowded by several hundred young men, most of whom were wearing speedoes rather than being naked. We looked around but didn't see a single woman sunbathing naked, giving the impression that this was a gay beach rather than a naturist one. If that is the case, the council really ought to advertise it as such.
Written August 15, 2022
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Letty M
London, UK20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
The beach is very beautiful, the sand is not very white, but the water is amazing: blue and green, very clean and transparent!
Although nudism is optional and not everybody goes for it, you can take out your swimsuit and relax, none will stare at you. You can even go naked to the bar to buy a beer and some crisps, (almost) none will notice! It is a great feeling of freedom!
Written September 28, 2016
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Gabrielle H
Barcelona, Spain104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Mar Bella beach is known as the nudist beach, but it’s more of an “optional clothing” beach….clothing and nudity – they are all acceptable. The water is lovely and warm, but the waves can be choppy when it’s windy. The beach bar is great. You can the rent sun loungers and sun umbrellas in front of the beach bar for the day (sun loungers are €6 each (€8 each with top mattress) and the sun umbrellas are €5). The bar serves food and drinks to the sun loungers – drinks are a bit pricy, but you’re on the beach. You can use your T10 to take the metro to Poblenou (Line 4 – yellow line) and walk straight down Carrer Bilbao to Mar Bella beach….past the skateboard park. Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 25, 2016
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Justin K
Paris, France22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Playa de la Mar Bella is an easily-accessible beach, and the clothing-optional area spans roughly between the signs 30 and 31. When I got close to the area heading down from Nova Mar Bella beach, a friendly guy gave us a hand-out that said, "Welcome to Mar Bella Beach. This is a clothing-optional beach so take your swimsuits off!"
As many nudist beaches in major cities are, it's also a gay beach, meaning that there are a lot more men than women. That said, everybody was respectful and there were no obscene PDAs in sight, just simply FKK.
There was one restaurant/bar where they rented out parasols and sunchairs. Water was warm enough to get in and cool enough to help you cool down. There are shower stations (no foaming products) and toilets nearby.
If you want to spend some time in the sun, all natural, this is the perfect beach for you.
Written July 7, 2018
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Frank_Says1
London59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Playa de la Mar Bella is a beautiful urban nudist beach near the Poble Nou area of Barcelona.

The beach is unofficially divided in three areas: Families, mixed and gay. Even though it is a nudist beach, some sunbathers prefer to keep their beach gear on - especially in the family area.

Beach vendors walk around and sell everything from ice cream to Sangria, but you can also enjoy many of the bars located on the beach (the beach bar BeGay has a fantastic vibe).

In peak season the beach can get quite packed, but that makes it all the more fun. The sea is warm and clean. The vibe on the beach is friendly, relaxed and sexy with many locals socializing with tourists. I've made many acquaintances and since the Spanish are such friendly and openhearted people, it was easy to connect with locals and relax.

A great spot for people watching. A must visit!
Written December 15, 2017
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romekerotomek
London, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
perfect for naked sunbathing. It might be bit crouded as felt bit squashed. But beach is sandy, water is warm and its much more private that barceloneta as the is no street path next to it.
Written August 4, 2016
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Ruth G
262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
This is one of the naked beaches on Barcelona. It's hidden by a little mount, so if you are walking by the sidewalk you don't see it. It's large with many people naked and not naked. The water of the sea sometimes is not clean.

Written April 12, 2017
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wanderlust_gigi
Montreal, Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
This beach is less crowded and less dirty than Barceloneta. But it still has a lot of people. It hosts a big gay crowd on most of the days if not all of them. The atmosphere is pleasant. You can find people of almost every age here, I did not see any families or younger kids/teens on that beach however. There is a bar where you can get drinks and bathrooms not far. The beach is also optional clothing beach. So you can bask in your birthday suit or skinny dip in the daylight if you choose.
Written December 9, 2016
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47davef2016
The Villages, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Spent a wonderful day at this beautiful beach, Warm, smooth water, hot sand (it's August, after all!) and all types of people mixed together--all shapes and sizes, ages, suited up, unsuited (nude or partially nude), singles, couples, families, gays, straight, newbies, tourists,and regulars...all smiling,enjoying the freedom and joys of the sun and water. Total relaxation. Ahh, can life be any better?? I took a taxi from the historic old city center, for about 10 euros. Snacks and drinks available from roaming vendors as well as at food stands. Restrooms and outdoor showers near the beach. Lots of room (it was a Monday) if you want to spread out, or be closer to others if that is your preference. Everyone is friendly and respectful. Ahh, can life be any better??
Written August 18, 2018
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