Strolling along the Barcelona coastline is much more than a pleasant walk: it is getting in touch with the city’s ancient maritime tradition. Whether you bathe in one of its beaches or if you stroll through the Barceloneta neighborhood, with its fishing tradition (in fact, the city’s Fishermen’s Association is still active today and various families live on it providing fresh fish and km0 to various restaurants in the city), as if you enjoy any of the maritime leisure activities, you will be coming into contact with a fundamental part of the Barcelona way of life.
You can start by combining green and blue by walking through the Parc del Litoral that runs along the seafront and takes you to the beaches, parks and neighborhoods directly linked to the 1992 Olympic Games. Then you will arrive at the Forum Zone, a legacy of the Universal Forum of Cultures 2004 and that today is a great area to celebrate major events. There is installed a large photovoltaic pergola that generates 550 thousand kilowatts per hour and supplies energy to neighboring buildings and facilities.
The wide beaches of the city will make you fall in love: almost 5 km of fine golden sands and shallow waters. Without a doubt, it is one of the largest spaces for leisure and relaxation for the citizens of Barcelona. All of them are accessible to people with reduced mobility, who also have a bathroom assistance service in summer. You can get to the beaches comfortably by public transport or by bicycle. And, of course, the management of Barcelona’s beaches follows a rigorous environmental policy that includes a commitment to continuous improvement and pollution prevention, certified with ISO 14001: 2004
And if you still want water, you have the option of walking or cycling along the two rivers that delimit the city. The recovered space next to the Besòs river is surrounded by places of great natural and scenic value. The delta of the Llobregat river is the second largest in Catalonia and its surroundings are home to a great variety of habitats, fauna and flora. Its botanical and fauna wealth is so great that the Council of the Communities of Europe has declared an Area of Special Protection for Birds over 900 hectares, of which about 500 hectares are Partial Natural Reserve.
Blue, as you can see, is also the color of Barcelona.