La plage en train
Top 5 beaches to get to by train
- Playa de San Sebastián
Just some 30 minutes by train from Barcelona, this beach is between the old town and the port in Sitges, nestled in a neighbourhood with a history as a fishing village. It's a family beach frequented by locals, with more than 200 metres of coastline. From your spot on the sand you can take in magnificent views of the old town, located on a small hill overlooking the Mediterranean. The beach offers an array of services and is adapted for disabled visitors.
-. Platja de Morer
Located at the northern part of the nearby town Sant Pol de Mar, this beach runs parallel to the train tracks and the N-II motorway. The beach is 750 metres of coarse golden sand that narrows as it goes eastward. Located above the highway are the Roman ruins of Morer, a centre of wine production from the first century. The beach is equipped with showers, a Red Cross station, drinking fountains, and wooden walkways for the physically disabled.
- Platja de L'Home Mort
This clothing-optional beach is located in a secluded corner on the south end of Sitges, where you'll find both the Platja de l’Home Mort and the Platja de Roses. The two beaches are separated by a small rocky ravine and an open bay that draws winds to the area. The combined length of both beaches is around 300 metres but never exceeds more than 10 metres in width. The waters aren't very deep and the seabed is made up of small rocks and sand. There is a 'chiringuito' (snack bar) and a terrace, with chaise longues and umbrellas available for rent.
-. Platja de Sant Simó
This beach is in the north of Mataró, between the Sant Simó riverbed and the town of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. It's got 1,100 metres of white sand, but it's quite narrow, appearing to lose width as it crawls closer to Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. The beach is divided into a family zone – which is closer to Mataró – where the majority of services can be found: parking spaces, showers, chaise longue rentals and 'chiringuitos' (snack bars). The area farther away is meant for a more 'natural' experience, which can prove much more interesting for those who enjoy snorkelling.
-. Les cassetes del Garraf
Situated in downtown Garraf, this beach is 380 metres long with a mixture of fine sand and rocks and a slight incline at the sea's entrance. Between the beach and the train tracks lies the area that gave this beach its name, a kind of fishing village built practically on the beach itself. The remodeled wooden cabanas are old sheds that were used by fishermen to store their equipment. Services include showers, bathrooms, rescue equipment, and chaise longues, umbrellas, and paddle boats available for rent. If you want to extend your stay, the town also has a hotel and a few restaurants.