The greatest thing about Barcelona beaches is their proximity to the center. One can easily get there by metro or taxi. Swimming season starts from mid-May and lasts till first weeks of October. Southern beaches are rather crowded and full of entertainment while northern beaches are more quiet and relaxing. The most popular ones are the touristy Barceloneta Beach with the urban vibe, Nova Icaria Beach full of youth crowds, Mar Bella Beach with the nudist stretch, and Ocata Beach with flat sandy landscape and fewer people, but further away.