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1. The prime beach of Barcelona Platja de la Barceloneta

Barceloneta is the most popular beach in Barcelona. The main reason is it's location, you can get there either by metro (station Barceloneta) or a 20 min walk from the Colom monument in La Rambla. In the peak season (July - August) the beach can get quite crowded.

There are plenty of things to do on the beach besides swim. Beach volley courts are available and kite surfing is quite popular. Also, there is an array of cafes, restaurants and nightclubs on or very close to the beach.

Being a popular city beach has it's disadvantages though. The water quality good and the beach has an artificial feel. There are much better beaches in the region but you must go outside Barcelona to find them (e.g. Sitges).

2. Great beach for sport activities South Melbourne beach

South Melbourne beach is located in Albert Park. It is ideal for various sporting activities. There are many beach volley courts set up. Sessions, tournaments and casual games run through all week.

The west part of the beach is the spot for many of Melbourne's kite surfers. Quite a few people play Frisbee and there are pathways exclusive for jogging and cycling.

Many restaurants and bars can be found next to the beach. "The Beach" bar/restaurant, offers an inspired name but also a good selection of dishes and drinks.

The water quality is not very good though. For me, this is the only (but important) drawback of South Melbourne beach. If you like swimming you'd better go to St Kilda beach or drive outside Melbourne.