When travelers think of hitting Europe's beaches, images of quiet coastal towns and revered beach resorts normally come to mind.
Wouldn't it be great to have the beach option coupled with the culture and sightseeing that a big European city has to offer?
If you're looking to get farther away, hop on the train and head out of the city to try some of the other beaches along the coast.
The most popular coastal town nearby is Sitges, which is just 30 minutes south of the city.
Crowds tend to descend between mid-April and early October—when the water is an ideal temperature for swimming.Barcelona’s most well-known beach is nearly a mile long, but it’s almost always packed to the gills (pictured above).