Sailing in the Barcelona Area – Top 5 Things to See and Do
- TarragonaDuring Roman times, the town had considerable significance, among other things, as Augustus’ winter residence. The remains of the period can still be seen and some have been designated UNESCO World Heritage (Archeological Ensemble of Tarraco). For those wanting to soak up the sun, there is a number of beaches, some of which have received the Blue Flag designation. The main events include the carnival, the International Dixieland Festival in spring and the Santa Tecla Festival.
- PortAventuraPortAventura is a popular theme park in Salou, near Tarragona. There is so much to see and do there that it just can’t fit into one paragraph, but in short, there are several theme areas with different rides and scenes: the Mediterrània, which recreates the spirit of Mediterranean fishing villages; Polynesia with palm trees and islands; China with Dragon Khan, the most iconic ride; Mexico displaying Mexican culture and way of life; Far West, an authentic Western village and SésamoAventura with Sesame Street themed attractions.
- SitgesSitges boasts many beautiful beaches some of which are hard to reach by land so they are a real treat for you sailors coming there on your charter yachts. Apart from lovely sandy beaches, Sitges has several architectural sights, such as the church of San Bartolome and Santa Tecla, and features the International Film Festival of Catalonia. When in Sitges, try the xató, local salad with fish, aubergine and black olives in a sauce made with chili, garlic and almonds.
- Sa DragoneraAs said in the introduction, if you have some more time on your hands while sailing around Barcelona, you can head out to the Balearic Islands and visit the Sa Dragonera natural park. It is a several-hour trip but well worth it, as Sa Dragonera is a rare sight. It is an uninhabited island, which, together with the nearby islets of Pantaleu and Isla Mediana, makes up the natural park. There is a small natural port there where you can leave your charter yacht and go for a walk around the island.
- Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National ParkWhile you’re in the vicinity, pay a visit to the Cabrera National Park. It includes the whole archipelago bearing the same name and has great natural value. You can anchor only in the island’s natural harbor and then explore the visitors’ center, a castle from the 14th century and a museum. Due to its remote location, it is not so crowded by tourists.
Charter a yacht in Spain, sail off from Barcelona and enjoy discovering its amazing coast and all of its beauties that will keep you coming back for more.