Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauties of Barcelona and the coast of Catalonia. Barcelona is one of the leading tourist and culture centers of Europe, with a well-connected capital. It is protected by the Serra de Collserola mountain range between the two river deltas known as Llobregat and Besos. Besides the safe waters around Barcelona, there are plenty of beaches that continue towards France’s border 120 km away. You can easily find the ideal catamaran, motor yacht, sailboat, or speedboat of your choice from the Port of Barcelona or any other marina around the city. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels for the ideal boat, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without one if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Sitges. You also have the option to rent a motorboat. Their fast-cruising speed will allow you to enjoy a two-day cruise to Valencia or discover the incredible coves of Costa Brava. If you book a catamaran, you will have plenty of space to throw a birthday party or your bachelor/ bachelorette. You can also enjoy a 4 or 5-hour skyline trip with a big group, accompanied by lunch on board. Finally, you can rent a sailboat for a week or two and go island-hopping in the Balearic Islands.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second-largest city of Spain. Thanks to its strategic location on the Mediterranean coast, the city acts as a gateway to Europe for goods coming from Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world. Barcelona also has a high population index (around 5.6 million people) and has an international airport that connects to all five continents. A rise in sustainable and economic growth has granted Barcelona the title of a grand European metropolis. It is a world-class city saturated with art, science, media, and fashion.
The history of Barcelona has been closely linked to the sea, and for millennia its natural terrain was crisscrossed by watercourses formed by very compact clays. After the Roman Barcino was established by the Romans during the reign of Augustus, the coastline varied due to its constant dynamics between the sea and land. The sea created islets and lagoons, which gradually formed a built-up landscape. Today, the coastline has inherited centuries of evolution, providing the opportunity to enjoy leisure activities and sailing away from the urban world.
Before you rent a boat in Barcelona and sail the wonderful Catalan coastline, we recommend you to visit several tourist attractions. Out of Barcelona’s sixty-eight parks, it is worth exploring Ciutadella Park, the largest green space within the city. Among Barcelona’s highlights is the Passeig de Gracia. Here, you will find big fashion brands and restaurants that are connected to the central part of the city. La Rambla is the most popular street in Barcelona, which leads to the old port. It is not too far from the Gothic Quarter, known for buildings that date as far back as the Roman period. Walking around the old town, you will have the opportunity to enjoy live performances, cultural attractions, and taste the Spanish appetizers known as Tapas. The most visited monument in Spain is Gaudi’s architectural accomplishment, La Sagrada Familia. This is a giant Basilica and perhaps the best-known structure of Catalan Modernism that attracts over 3 million tourists annually.
Extending away from the metropolitan area, it is time for you to hire a boat in Barcelona and explore the most exciting destinations in Europe from the water. If you rent a boat in Barcelona for a day, you cannot miss the chance to stop by the coastal town of Sitges, situated 35 kilometers southwest of Barcelona. Sitges is known worldwide for its Film Festival and Carnival, and is often referred to as the “St Tropez of Spain.” There is also a fantastic old town and 17 different beaches you can pick from. On your way back to Barcelona, you can make a stop at Castelldefels, best known for its 5 kilometers of gorgeous beaches and castles.
If you have a strict budget and time schedule, you can rent a small boat in Barcelona and continue reaching down the coast from Sitges. This way, you can make a stop at Tarragona, one of the wealthiest towns in Spain. It is also home to Port Aventura, one of the largest and most visited amusement parks in Europe. Near Tarragona, you will find the breathtaking landscape known as the Costa Dorada, famous for its pristine waters and fine golden sands.
For a day boat trip in Barcelona, you can also head to the Costa Brava region. There is nothing better than to spend a restful night on board a catamaran or motor yacht in crystal-clear waters, surrounded by pine forests. Besides that, you can always find new anchoring spots and swim and snorkel in protected coves around Estartit, Girona, and Roses Bay.
Finally, a private boat rental trip in Barcelona can last for as long as a week. By chartering a sailboat, you will guarantee the best price to explore the Balearic Islands. You can make a stop at Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza, for example. Sailing away from the crowds will make your return home with the most charming memories.
Below you will find some useful information regarding your boat rentals in Barcelona.
One Ocean Port Vell: Offers 150 berths for vessels that go up to 190 meters. There is 24-hour mooring assistance. The marina also hosts leading nautical events, such as the Superyacht Show.
Vilanova Grand Marina: Offers 48 berths for superyachts that go up to 130 meters in length.
The marina is 30 minutes away from the International airport of Barcelona.
Port Olímpic de Barcelona: offers 756 berths for yachts with an easily accessible entrance.
Port Tarraco: Offers 33 berths for yachts between 45 meters and 160 meters in length. There is a 24-hour security service and power is supplied to all yachts. There is free Wi-Fi and free parking.
Marina Vela: There are 130 mooring spots for boats that go up to 12 to 90 meters in length. There is a 24-hour fuel station and exclusive class services.
Marina Badalona: There are 620 moorings spots for boats that go up to 12 meters in length. There is also a 24-hour-surveillance. You will find several workshops with repairs.
The marina is roughly 24 km away from El Prat de Llobregat Airport of Barcelona.
Port de Sitges: Offers 742 berths for yachts that go up to 32 meters in length. There is a wide range of restaurants and bars around the marina. You will also find an ATM, a market, and apharmacy.
The distance from Barcelona to Sitges airport is roughly 32 km.
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