An oasis under the shadow of the water tower: Eixample Beach
Every once and awhile you stumble upon something hidden and Platja de l’Eixample or Eixample Beach was one of those discoveries. The cheery sound of excited children coming out of a long underpass lured me into a leafy inner patio full of kids, parents and grandparents clearly enjoying themselves.
This courtyard patio in the middle of the Eixample Dreta neighborhood was quite an unexpected Wow, I must say. The high walls of this square oasis are decorated with blue and white tiles which give you the impression that you are in a big swimming pool. The foliage of the trees supplies the necessary shade for the beach area with plenty of sand to lay or play on. Buckets and spades are provided for I was told.
The two knee-high, blue wading pools in the shadow of the water tower are not for grown up swimming, only splashing and playing, which makes it even more suitable for children. And it shows, children loved to play hide and seek around the water tower. There is a life guard present.
Platja de l’Eixample started off as a neighborhood project to give parents an alternative for those difficult summer months where the children don’t have school. All the facilities, like outdoor showers, changing tents and toilets are there if you need them.
On Eixample beach I found lots of children of all ages, parents with lunch boxes, elderly grandmothers and I even saw a birthday party. To spend some hours on Platja d’Eixample does seem not a bad idea at all with small children and even better with bigger ones, while they are in the water you can relax and read a book or a newspaper.
Jardins de la Torre de les AigÜes – Platja d’Eixample
Carrer Roger de Llúria, 56 (one block away from Retrome Barcelona)
la Dreta de l’Eixample