Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting destinations, is famous for its culture, architecture, design, beaches, nightlife and, of course, cuisine.

With something for everyone, drift between the luxury retail stores along Passeig de Gràcia and the boutiques of the Born district or roam the Gaudi monuments scattered around the city. For some down time, relax at one of the terraces and watch the world go by, or discover the gastronomic delights from traditional Catalan and Spanish cuisine to modern fusion prepared by world-renowned chefs. As the sun goes down, you will find more than enough entertainment amongst Barcelona’s eclectic mix of bars and clubs in the city’s diverse neighbourhoods.


With the benefit of an international airport within close proximity and 320 days of sun each year, Barcelona is an appealing place to explore or relax. The sea is a major attraction and you can spend the day windsurfing, kayaking or swimming. Outside the city, stunning countryside is ideal for hiking and cycling and the Pyrenees are a short drive away for skiing. Whether you’re unwinding at a five-star spa, lazing on the beach or sprawling in a tree-lined park, Barcelona has something for everyone, every hour of the day.

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Day cruising:

If you find yourself in the fortunate situation of being based in Barcelona for some time, there are unique destinations to visit for the day, an hour or two cruising from the marina. To the south there are the long sand dune beaches of Castelldefels, protected as a nature reserve for their fauna.

For those who want to stray further there is always the option of anchoring off Playa de las Casetas in Garraf, where one can anchor and visit the fish and seafood restaurant El Chiringuito de Garraf.

Continuing south, Sitges awaits with its old fishing village charm – and that is not the only similarity the town has with St Tropez. Since long, the village has been a favourite hangout for celebrities, footballers and free-spirited artists, offering a range of excellent restaurants from the exclusive Fragata to the simpler Café-Bar Roy.

If you are using Barcelona as a stepping stone for travelling adventures farther away, two good options are to head across to the well-known Balearic Islands, offering a fan of holiday options stretching from the wild and bohemian party scene of Ibiza with its quiet little sister Formentera for recovering, to Mallorca with its many bays and beaches, mountains and plains and delicate mix of festive exclusivity and rustic placidity, on to serene Menorca for quieter family time and lazy days.

North along the coast you will pass coastal villages with their beaches and marinas, and when passing Blanes you will see the scenery change and the coast becomes more steep and rugged. This is Costa Brava, ‘the strong coast’, offering excellent cruising.

The coast offers a multitude of excuses to drop your anchor off villages such as Tossa del Mar, the medieval walled town pouring down a mountain creek, and Cadaques, summer home to Salvador Dalí, and hangout for artists from all over Europe. Between Tossa del Mar and Cadaques is a myriad of small calas and sandy beaches, villages between the rocks and up into the hills.


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