Barcelona Sailing Holidays
Enjoy the amazing view of Barcelona’s skyline from your charter yacht. As the night falls, the city turns into one big party you don’t want to miss. Wild rhythms of flamenco can be heard on the streets, jazz music from basements, indie rock from concert halls. As a real Barcelona citizen, dine in one of the numerous tapas bars and seafood restaurants. Due to its great position in the western Mediterranean, Barcelona is a perfect starting point to sail to the Balearic Islands. Sail this area with some useful guidelines from our Barcelona to Valencia Sailing Guide.
Yacht Charter in Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the arguably most exciting Mediterranean cities to experience aboard your luxury yacht. Yacht charter in Barcelona will give you an amazing opportunity to explore the city every tourist falls in love with, as well as its surroundings. Cruise along the Catalan coastline and soak up the sun while lying on the deck of your sailing yacht with your friends or family.
Barcelona Region has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. The coldest month is January and the warmest is August. Barcelona has relatively steady temperatures and is not really a windy city.
Sailing routes - Barcelona
Arrive to Barcelona Airport (El Prat) and take a 25 minute bus or taxi ride to the Port of Barcelona. Go through a check-in procedure and start sailing the Costa Brava, a coastal region and a magnificent holiday destination. Sail 22 NM northeast along the coast to reach Arenys de Mar, a fishing town that literally translates to ‘sands by the sea’. You will find large grained-sand beaches perfect for sunbathing and swimming, as well as diving and kayaking. Go hiking or horseback riding. Visit a spa or an adventure park.
The town has rich cultural heritage that can be seen through the Church of Santa Maria, the Marès Lace Museum, the Mollfulleda Mineralogy Museum and defence towers from 16th century. Enjoy in Arenys’ gastronomy by eating squid stuffed with seafood, sonso (a small fish) or coquetes d’Arenys (caramelized sugar puff pastry) in plenty of restaurants. Visit a nightlife landmark opened in 1969, Discoteca Johnny’s.
Continue sailing along the coast the same way for 31 more NM to get to a large bay and the traditional fishing village of Palamos. Enjoy the view at huge cliffs and long stretches of sandy beaches while you approach Palamos. The biggest and best-known beach is Platja Gran (the Big Beach). Swim and sunbathe in a more natural atmosphere on Cala del Morro del Vedell, or choose Cala de la Fosca that has shallow waters which makes it ideal for families. The beaches have all amenities on hand.
Palamos has a good network of footpaths - take a walk in narrow streets or on a pier Chemins de Ronce that offers beautiful views of the sea. Visit Museu de la Pesca (the Fish Museum). Buy fish directly from local fishermen on a daily fish market. Palamos is famous for gambes, tasty red-colored prawns, so make sure to try them in a fish restaurant. There are two castles from 13th century in Palamos – Sant Esteve de Mar and Vila-Roma Castel. Wine lovers can opt for a wine route of one of Catalonia's most popular wineries Finca Bell-Lloc.
A few nautical miles along the coast lie three beautiful destinations. First one is Llafranc, a luxurious resort town with one of the best beaches on the Costa Brava with plenty of greenery. Aproach Cala Pedrosa by boat and find yourself on a secluded beach ideal for a peaceful time with your family and friends. Before you arrive to Llafranc, visit exceptionally beautiful Cap Roig Botanical Gardens with over thousand different plant species from all around the world. Llafranc is a place that offers you a cosmopolitan feeling.
Near to Llafranc is Aigua Blava, a small bay with an unspoilt sandy beach and a few seafood restaurants. The beach has shallow and calm waters; you can have an active day by opting for some watersports. Shower and toilet facilities can be found on the beach as well. It is a popular anchoring place, so it can get a bit crowded during high season.
Finally, if you want to retreat from the crowds, sail to Sa Tuna, a remote pebbled beach in a secluded bay untouched by mass tourism. Lounge on the beach and enjoy in stunning views of your surroundings.
Turn your yacht around and start sailing the opposite direction. Just 21 NM along the coast is one of the most popular holiday resorts on the Costa Brava – Lloret de Mar. Relax on the main Blue Flag sandy beach, equipped with all amenities and located in the center of the city. Refresh yourself after swimming in the warm Mediterranean Sea with a cold drink and tapas in bars and restaurants that are just across the street.
If you want more privacy, visit Fenals Beach, a smaller and less crowded beach with pine trees as sunblockers. Climb the hill to reach the Castle of Sant Joan from 11th century. Get magnificent views over the sea from hundred years old Santa Clotilde Gardens. Do not miss a colorful church Iglesia de Sant Romà.
Expand your knowledge about sea life in the Maritime Museum. Families will enjoy Water World, a large water park with plenty of slides. Take an amazing walk on paved paths that surround limestone mountains and offer more sunning views. Lloret de Mar has a lively nightlife, so make sure to spend the night out.
Sail 20 NM southwest and you will get to Mataró, an industrial and tourist town with rich history. The ruins of a Roman village have recently been discovered and are available for visiting. The marina is one of the most important marinas in this region. Platja de Sant Simó has white sand and two zones – one for families and the other for more adventurous people, especially ones who love snorkeling.
Take a walk on a wide promenade that runs parallel to the beach. Visit the old city center that was enclosed by a wall in the 16th century and see a 15th century Basilica of Santa Maria. You will have an opportunity to see the first railway in Spain that connected Mataró and Barcelona, your starting and ending destination.
Sail back to Barcelona located around 16 NM along the coast to the southwest. It is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea and one of the world's leading tourist, economic and cultural centers. The city is lined with a long strip of sandy beaches, the most famous one being La Barceloneta. If you want to engage into sports and watersports, choose Mar Bella Beach.
The most famous landmark of the city is Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, a massive, still unfinished church. Take a walk in Gaudi's Park Güell. Both Gaudi's works are UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Give yourself time to explore Montjuïc, an amazing park with the illuminated Magic Fountain of Montjuïc and the colossal Montjuïc Castle. Let yourself be impressed in the Museu Picasso that houses an extensive collection of Pablo Picasso.
Have an experience of being in an underwater see-through tunnel in Aquarium Barcelona. Shop in the most famous boutiques on Passeig de Gràcia. Indulge in traditional Catalan cuisine and fine drinks in numerous restaurants, cafés and tapas bars.
Best time to sail
April - October
Number of boat bases
Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN)
Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Montserrat Monastery, Picasso Museum, Magic Fountain