Many people that are visiting Barcelona always ask me for a good beach to snorkel that is reachable by train. Therefore, I thought to share with you one of my favorite spots. The beach that I am introducing to you now is a real secret spot and not many people know about it. Thanks to which this beach is always quite empty, even in high season.
Sant Pol de Mar – El Morer Beach
How to get to Sant Pol de Mar beach:
If you are in Barcelona but don’t have a car, don’t worry because this dream beach is reachable by public transportation. You can take the train R1 (Renfe – rodalies Barcelona) from Plaza Cataluña or Arc de Triomf. Take the train that goes in the direction Macanet-Massanes, Blanes or Calella. It goes every 20/30 mins and takes around 1 hour. You can find the train schedule here. The train ticket costs around 10 € both ways. On the way back from Sant Pol de Mar to Barcelona don’t forget to validate your ticket in the train station.
If you come by car it’s easy, too. just follow the highway C32 along the coast and take the exit 122 toward Calella/Pineda de Mar/Sta Susanna. Follow the road Carrer Torrent dels Frares until you reach the small town of Sant Pol de Mar. It takes you around 45 min and 59km. Be aware that in Spain you have to pay highway tolls. Besides it can be tricky to find a parking spot in Sant Pol de Mar. That’s why I recommend taking the train.
How to walk
Once you reach the train station of Sant Pol de Mar you must walk North. Along the coast near the rails in direction Calella for around 15 min. You will see that there is a small walkway on the right side of the rails which is safe to take and is used by many locals. If you don’t feel comfortable walking close to the rails you can just walk on the beach. Until you reach cliffs and you see a small secluded bay with rocks in the water and birds sitting on it. Congratulations, you have made it!
What to expect
The long way was definitely worth it, trust me. Not many people come here, mostly locals. Some of them like to sunbathe naked so be aware. If you feel uncomfortable with seeing naked people around this might not be the place for you. The bay has beautiful natural sand and super clean and clear blue water. The birds on the photo are always in the same spot and love to dive for fish. You can even observe them while snorkeling.
The bay is the perfect spot to snorkel, you can swim a bit to the right and will see many corals with all sorts of fish. Of course, you cannot expect Caribbean underwater life here, but what I have seen in Spain so far, this is one of the best places! In the high season in July and August I recommend bringing an umbrella because the sun can be too hot and there are no shady places around. Also, bring enough food and drinks for the day since the bay is very secluded and there are no possibilities to buy something.
Enjoy your day at the beach, let me know in the comments below how you liked it!