Did you know that just because it isn’t a nude beach in Europe it doesn’t really matter? We learned the hard way in Barcelona. 
When we were in Barcelona, Spain we decided to spend basically an entire day at the beach. It was nice to have a day of rest after all the walking and sightseeing we had been doing. I love the Sagrada Familia, but I also love the beach!

Barceloneta Beach

We knew we didn’t want to go to a nude beach, so we headed out for the non-nude beach close to the city’s main attractions, Barceloneta Beach. What we didn’t realize that all the beaches in Europe are apparently top optional like Haulover beach in Miami. At least in Spain, they are.
We got to the beach and caught on quickly. I did not go topless, because that just isn’t my thing…at all. I tried to focus on the beauty of our surroundings and not on the ta-ta’s all around. I must say it really creeped me out for moms and their adolescent daughters to both go topless. I just don’t get it. My friend from England thinks it’s no big deal, so I guess it just comes down to what you are used to.
Here are a few photos of us….hopefully there are no boobs in the picture. If there is, I am so sorry it wasn’t intentional. Nor has this become an “adult” kind of blog.
Barcelona Spain
The beach is free and once you are at the beach, they had chair rentals for 5 Euros.  You could also get a massage for $5 or 5 Euros.
There’s lots of restaurants with seafood and activities like kite-boarding, surfing, and windsurfing


I should also mention that within minutes of getting to the beach we saw someone’s bag get snatched!  A few elderly looking people were walking around waiting for an opportunity to steal. Luckily the young women had no problem chasing down the old lady.  So, beware of your stuff in a crowded open beach.

Nude Beaches in Barcelona

Based on some questions I’ve received I have compiled a list of nude beaches for those of you looking for one. Oddly enough, I could only find one. Turns out many beaches in Barcelona have now outlawed being naked at the beach. 

Mar Bella – Mar Bella has a dedicated area for nudists.


6 Best Nude Beaches in Europe

Where to Stay in Barcelona