Barcelona is a magical city popular for its advanced marinas, temperate weather and scenic coastal towns. Whether you are just a casual tourist stopping in Barcelona for a few hours or you plan to sail the coastline with a rented yacht for a week, there are many water activities to indulge in. You can even choose to make your sailing passive or active. You could sit back on the yacht and relax with a glass of champagne, go crazy with a vast array of water sports, or even learn a thing or two about navigation with a skipper.
Take a week to sail in elegance while enjoying the alluring landscape of Barcelona. Prices range according to size and the number of days you want to charter for. To ensure that your whole party can travel in comfort, consider the number of berths you need, the onboard facilities you require, and the price range you would prefer. Enjoy from the yacht a port view of the Maremagnum Shopping Centre Complex, the famous White Drawbridge, or the breathtaking views of the Barcelona skyline from the calm of the surrounding waters.
Prices of yacht charter in Barcelona vary a lot depending on a number of different factors, including the number of people, the size of the yacht, the length of the stay and the area of Barcelona where you want to hire.
If you want to rent a yacht in El Balis, you should be prepared to spend at least $1818 per day and $12119 per week in high season, and at least $1454 per day and $8483 per week in low season.
In Port Olimpic, yacht hire prices start at $545 for half a day, $970 for a full day, and $4848 for a week.
In Costa del Garraf, you should be prepared to pay from $2303 per day and $13816 per week.
Yes! Bareboat charter in Barcelona is possible but you should know that for boats longer than 5 metres (16.4 ft) or above a certain engine power, you need to obtain a valid boating licence in order to hire a boat without. You should always look up the rules of the area before sailing and ensure you also have the correct insurance before setting sail.
Bareboat charter in Barcelona is perfect for those who can already sail as it leaves them free to explore the coast of Barcelona and all it has to offer freely. However, if all you really want is to work on your tan and relax onboard your yacht charter, it’s better to rent with a skipper and let them worry about sailing while you enjoy yourself.
Situated on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate with summers that are usually short, hot and humid and winters that are long, cold and partially cloudy. The temperature year round usually stays between 40-83°F (4.4-28.3°C) and rarely dips below 33°F (0.6°C) or exceeds 88°F (31.1°C). The hottest month is usually August, when the average daily high temperature is around 82°F (27.8°C), while the coldest month is January, with an average daily low temperature of 41°F (5°C). The water temperature is hottest in August when it is usually about 77°F (25°C) and the coldest water temperature is during February, when it is typically just 55°F (12.8°C).
The wettest month in Barcelona is October, which receives an average of 2.4 inches (6.1 cm) and the driest is July, with an average rainfall of 0.8 inches (2 cm).
In general, the windiest month is December, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.5 mph and the calmest month is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 mph.
The best time to visit Barcelona is a little complicated on account of the fact that no matter when you visit, there will always be crowds of tourists, as it is the most-visited city in Spain. From May to June is a pretty good time to visit Barcelona because the temperatures are warm, without being unbearable, and there are plenty of festivals and street parties in and around Barcelona.
The actual summertime is unpleasantly humid and even the locals abandon the city to find a slightly cooler place to spend their summer. Temperatures during the winter can drop to around 50°F (10°C) which may make it a little chilly for sailing and April often has too many showers which can be a little miserable for sailing.
There is so much to do in Barcelona that it’s difficult to come up with just a short list. Maybe you want to admire the old churches in the city. If this is the case, there are, of course, many different options, but our top three include the gorgeous gothic architecture of the Catedral de Barcelona, Santa Maria del Mar, which is a firm favourite among locals and has a tragic history full of earthquakes and fires, and who could forget the Sagrada Familia? Still under construction, the Sagrada Familia holds the title of being the world’s largest unfinished church.
If you’re a fan of Gaudi, Barcelona is definitely the place to go, with examples of his innovative designs dotted all over the city. Casa Vicens is probably where you should start on your ‘Gaudi tour’ as this was the first house he built. From there you can go to Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera and Casa Batlló which are within about a five minute walk of each other. If you have a little time, Casa Batlló is just as spectacular on the inside as it is on the outside and there is a beautiful stairwell inside that looks as though it has just leapt out of the pages of a Jules Verne novel. After this, you should head over to Parc Guell, where you can enjoy a nice picnic lunch while admiring both nature and Gaudi’s designs which are evident all over the park.
If you want a truly authentic experience, it’s worth heading over to La Boqueria, Barcelona’s oldest market, for a shopping trip you’ll never forget, or taking a stroll down the Rambla, arguably Barcelona’s most famous street. Going for a walk in Parc de la Ciutadella is also worth doing if you fancy spending a relaxing afternoon relaxing on the grass with friends.
For the thrill seekers among you, there’s a fairground on the mountain called Tibidabo which is well worth a visit, even if just for the spectacular views from the top of the ferris wheel. Harry Potter fans might also take pleasure in visiting Pudding Diagonal Café on Avinguda Diagonal. Aside from the irony of this cafe being located on Diagonal Avenue, which sounds spookily like Diagon Alley, the decor in the cafe is also inspired by Harry Potter, and they even do special seasonal decorations.
If you like Picasso, you should definitely take the time out of your trip to visit the Picasso museum. Although many of his most famous works are in Madrid, this museum is special for another reason. This museum displays Picasso’s works from across his career that clearly demonstrate his progression from classical artist to a master of cubism.
If you want to see something of great cultural significance, you should visit the ‘world begins with every kiss’ mural. This was unveiled for the 300th Diada (Catalan day) in 2014 to commemorate and pay tribute to the catalan lives lost during the War of Spanish Succession but was so iconic that the government never took it down. Made from 4000 tiles with photos printed on them, it has been arranged so that, from afar, this mural looks like two people kissing.
Everyone has heard of Barceloneta beach, one of the most visited beaches in Barcelona, but it can be a bit overcrowded. If you don’t mind sailing a short distance down the coast, you can visit Platja dels Pescadors in Badalona. Badalona is a smaller city in the region of Barcelona which has a charming small town feel, especially in the centre. From the Marina de Badalona, you can visit the famous monkey statue on the Pont del Petroli, enjoy a slice of cake or a cookie in Milfulls Pastisseria, or even enjoy cocktails on the beach in the summer in one of the Chiringuitos. If you go at the beginning of May, you can even see the burning of a giant demon on the beach, a Badalona tradition which also sees the start of a series of free concerts. Sailing to Badalona with your yacht charter opens up a whole range of new dining and sightseeing opportunities.
Other things to enjoy in Barcelona include a football match at Camp Nou Stadium, a classical concert at Palau de la Musica Catalana, or even a spectacular view of the city at the Bunkers del Carmel. You should also take the time to go and see the famous magic fountain show at Montjuic, or see a concert at the Olympic stadium or Palau Sant Jordi.
There are many amazing ports in Barcelona, all with varying levels of amenities and services available. At Port Vell, you have the shopping centre, Maremagnum, as well as the biggest aquarium in Europe, while Port Forum is conveniently located just 4 km (2.5 miles) from Barcelona and Real Club Maritim de Barcelona prides itself on being one of the oldest nautical clubs in Europe, having been founded in the 19th century.
Port Olimpic de Barcelona offers many practical services, such as laundry, petrol and waste disposal, but is also great for younger people, with a great nightlife offered by the many bars and clubs in the area. Meanwhile, the Marina de Badalona has both cafes and bars, but also a sailing school. Marina Vela is also an interesting one, with many different amenities including a heliport.
Other marinas pride themselves on the sports facilities. As well as being one of the largest marinas in Europe, Port Tarraco has 24 hour security, a commercial and leisure centre and also a fitness centre. Mataro Marina even has a basketball court, as well as a barbecue area. Two other impressive ports to visit are Port Ginesta and Port de Sitges.
Being incredibly well connected, the easiest way to get to Barcelona is by flying into El Prat airport, which receives direct flights from 60 countries, including most European countries, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Morocco, Chile and the USA. However, it’s also a popular road trip destination, as well as being reachable by boat, bus and train.