[codepeople-post-map]This beach is located about 4 kilometres from the central part of town. ie La Rambla. It’s one of the beaches on the north-eastern section of beaches from the city and being a city beach it gets very busy.
You can walk from the main part of town – basically turn left at the end of the La Rambla find the beach past the marina and continue walking. On the way you’ll see that the main beach of Barcelonetta may also have some people naked during the high season, but most will be clothed and most of the ladies topless.
The beaches consist of man-made coves and Mar Bella is about the 5th one along. It’s an easy walk using the walk way just behind the beaches. There is much to see on this route and you will need to be disciplined if you only want to go to the beach instead of wandering about and exploring this part of town. It’s probably worth doing both, unless you have your heart set on a beach day – then the metro might be your better option. There is some accommodation in this part of town but generally you’re probably better staying in the central districts for the other delights and attractions Barcelona has to offer.
By rail – the subway in Barcelona is very good and a benefit of the 1992 Olympics. (They still promote this event around the city). The closest station is Poblenou on the yellow line. From there it’s about a 10 minute walk down Carrer de Bilbao and crossing the park just before the beach.
Across the road from the station you’ll find a bakery that has a fine range of pastries and other pleasures – and could be worth a visit to take something to the beach and on the way back for the ride home. There’s also a couple of supermarkets that stock cold drinks including beers etc , fruit and other things you may like to take to the beach. Just off the Carrer de Bilbao is a suburban market that has local produce and could also be worth a visit. (Spanish local markets are well worth a visit).
By car – Why are you driving in Barcelona ? But there seems to some parking in the area.