Carefully hidden between hotel Arts and the Hospital del Mar, Somorrostro beach is a place full of history, changed through the years and hidden to the public eye for many more; it’s now one of the most popular beaches amongst young people and tourists.
This beach has easy access for disabled and is 522 meters long and 89 meters wide.
Since 1875, the beach was inhabited by many locals who built slums, creating what was then known as Somorrostro. Living in terrible conditions, its population rose with the 1929 International Expo, as many of those who worked there ended up living there.
At one point there were 15,000 people living there and more that 2,000 slums. Famous flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya was also born there.
In 1959, the “Plan Ribera” intended to move this slum neighborhood in various phases. It wasn’t until 1996, with the Naval Week, which Dictator Francisco Franco had to visit; that the families were moved to Badalona’s Sant Roc.
A maritime avenue was then created, and the boost of the Olympic games gave the beach a new lease of life, with the creation of the Arts hotel right next to the beach and Frank Ghery’s sculpture.
It wasn’t until recently that there was a popular petition to give the beach it’s original name to remember the place’s history.
On this beach there is a children’s area, beach volley ball courts, open air gym area, public toilets, drink and ice-cream kiosk, hammocks and parasols. You’ll also find a beach library and a Beach Information Center, which has many resources and exhibitions.
There are also plenty of restaurants and pubs to have a nice drink at night such as Icebarcelona or discos like Catwalk or Shoko.
Bus: Lines 10, 14, 16, 17, 36, 39, 40, 45, 51, 57, 59 y 64.
Metro: L4 Barceloneta and Ciutadella
Tram: Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.