Hi all, I will be in Barcelona for a day and want to swim Sunday morning 6/17/2018. I understand Barcelona is a mecca for open water swimming. Can anyone tell me where I might go on Sunday morning around 8 am to swim with a group?
Sorry to disappoint you, but Barcelona is far from being any mecca to OWS. Yes, there are groups, and yes, we are far more people swimming that a few years ago, but:
Groups are "closed" and not easy to reach
There are 3 ports (the commercial one, and 2 small ones) and you have to swim in between: 1500 m of beach one side, 2000 m the other side. If you want to swim farther, there's a high risk of being run over...
The only real open group I know of is this one: https://www.meetup.com/es-ES/Barcelona-Open-Water-Swimming-Meetup
If you go by yourself:
By all means avoid Barceloneta (the beach which is the closest to downtown: crowded , very dirty sand, dirty water... Here you have some pics you won't see in tourist guides https://dieciseisgrados.com/2018/03/31/lugares-para-nadar-o-no-la-barceloneta/
Never leave your bag unnatended. It would be stolen in minutes.
I'd suggest Bogatell beach. http://www.barcelona.cat/en/what-to-do-in-bcn/bathing-and-beaches/barcelona-beach-beach You're likely to find somebody you could join to swim (unmistakenly, most are wearing wetsuits). There you can swim north as far as you want: after 1500m approx. there is no more beach, but you can keep swimming. The Port Forum harbour entrance can be easily passed, not many boats around; and after another 1500m you'll find the beach again. (Don't head south from Bogatell beach, because there it is the Port Olimpic, a small harbour with sailing dinghies coming and going all the time.)
If you want to swim farther, go to Badalona (the town north of Barcelona; you can get there with the underground, L2 line, last station named "Pompeu Fabra" - 20 minutes travel time from downtown). From there to the north, just beach for 7K up to the nex harbour; then, more beaches.
If you have time, drive a few km (or take a short train trip) we have within a 20 km range,
For further information or details, don't hesitate to ask.
Besides, I'm planning a swim of 5 to 7 km in Lloret de Mar on Sunday. It's 70 km North of Barcelona, I'm planning leaving around 8AM, have lunch there and back to Barcelona early in the afternoon.
You're welcome if you want to join. Just send me a PM.
Bruno, thank you for all of the thorough and detailed information, much appreciated. I have to be at the Fira for a meeting noon to 2pm, so I cannot take you up on your kind invitations swim with you. Otherwise 5-7k sounds like a great swim.
All the best,