Returning to Barcelona on our boat trip to the Cote d’Azur we have found an unexpected gift … the visit of the whales. Other times we had sighted whales, but our boat had never been so close to these huge and beautiful animals.
The outer part of the Gulf of León and the north of Menorca are a common place for whales. In fact, it is an area where many marine animals live, dolphins, whales and even the great tuna that rises to these latitudes in its migration.
The first sighting has been a huge common whale swimming around our boat.
The common whale is the second largest animal in the world (after the blue whale) and can measure 27 meters length.
It is curious that during all the time we have been hanging around the whales a good number of small dolphins were playing around there. Maybe it’s a regular company for them.
It is possible to see whales in the distance, especially when they breath you can see their jets of water, but usually they are fugitive and are not as curious as dolphins, which are swimming and playing around the boat all time.
It has been a great culmination of this trip through Marseille, Tolon, Porqueroles, Saint Tropez, Cannes, Nice and Monaco, a beautiful coast, well maintained and surrounded by luxury and large yachts.
🥇Top 8 – Best things to do in Barcelona for young people (and not so young) without museums or monuments
Barcelona is a modern and fun city with a lot of things to do. Good climate, located next to the Mediterranean sea, magnificent cuisine and above all… cheerful people and a special atmosphere in the streets that makes Barcelona to be unique.
In Barcelona Sailboats we love this city in which we have lived and enjoyed since we were children and we want to share with you what we believe are the best things to do in Barcelona, leaving aside the museums and the typical monuments:
Nº 8-Excursion to the top of the Carmel Bunkers
If you have not went out the night before and you are fresh, we recommend that you climb the Carmelo bunkers where you can enjoy a spectacular 360º panorama of Barcelona.The altitude is 260 meters above sea level and there is really no bunker but it was an anti-aircraft platform during the Spanish Civil War.
* How to get there: Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/5M8LWk6q1LucxL5JA
Nº 7-Make a private boat ride along the coast of Barcelona
Without a doubt, this is an original and fun plan. Renting a sailboat for a few hours with skipper to sail along the coast of Barcelona in private with your friends or family is amazing.
You can enjoy the breeze and the sea, listen to your favorite music by connecting your mobile to the ship’s speakers, taste an aperitif (fuet, cheese, olives, chips, etc.) and drink a glass of cava, a beer or a soft drink. You can also bring additional food and drinks as there is a fridge on board.
All kind of boat trips are offered: romantic for couples, friends, birthdays, relax, business team building, family with children, fishing, etc.
The maximum capacity of the boats is 11 passengers and the prices are based on the duration of the trip (2, 3, 4 or 8 hours) and the number of passengers (from 1 to 11 people).
*Incluído: Barco, patrón, combustible, aperitivo y una bebida por persona.
*Included: Boat renta, skipper, fuel, snacks and one drink per person.
Nº 6-Drink a cocktail with live music at the Milano Cocktail Bar:
It is probably where the best cocktails in Barcelona are made.
Bar Milano is located in the heart of Barcelona, two minutes from Plaza Catalunya, although the entrance is not very striking so below we show you a photo so you can find it easily (Address: Ronda de la Universitat, 35, 08007 Barcelona – Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/pRqjpYqdRsaZJGgX7)
You can have a great cocktail with live music (usually Rock, Blues or Jazz) every day of the year. In their website you can see the musical program: https://www.camparimilano.com/programacion-musical/
* Recommendation: Call in advance for a reservation as it is usually filled.
Nº 5-Eat a good paella:
If you know which restaurants to go to and especially to avoid the pre-cooked paellas offered by many downtown restaurants (especially in the ramblas and surroundings), in Barcelona you can enjoy very good paellas.
Our first recommendation is the restaurant “La Barraca” (passeig de la Barceloneta, 1, 08003 Barcelona). It is on the seafront overlooking the beach.
They have many types of rice (paella, black rice, fish and meat rice, etc), all of them very good. Price approx. € 30 / person
* Tip: Call and book a table on the first floor (is where there are good sea views).
Our second recommendation is to eat a paella in the restaurant: “La Barca del Salamanca”. There is one on the Paseo de la Barceloneta and another on the Port Olímpic.
* Tip: If you want to eat a good menu with the best quality / price ratio (during the week) for just 12€, go to “la barca del Salamanca” at Port Olímpic. We assure you that you will not go hungry and there are many dishes to choose from: Calamares, pescadito, chipirones, paella, fideuá, etc. In addition to the dessert, they always give you a Santiago cake and a digestive shot to finish the meal.
Nº 4-Go out for Tapas:
In Barcelona you can enjoy a lot of tapas if you know what bars to go to. We will tell you our favorite bars to go for tapas, which are undoubtedly in the most suitable neighborhoods for it: El Born and la Barceloneta (especially the last one).
By the Born:
-El Xampanyet: It’s on carrer Montcada near the Santa Maria del Mar Church, it’s always crowded so be prepared for the bustle but it’s worth it.
* Tip: accompany the tapas with a glass of xampanyet (sparkling wine)
-Bar Celta Pulpería: It is at the end of carrer Princesa (number 50). Magnificent Galician octopus, ham croquettes, potato omelette and Galician empanada.
- -Jai-ca: There are two Jai-ca bars so if one is full you can try the other one. Both are on carrer Ginebra. Undoubtedly the best are their fritters (artichokes, fish, etc). Try them, you will not regret it.-La bombeta: It is said that they make the best hot pumps in Barcelona.Tip: take cash with you, they do not accept credit card.
-El vaso de oro: Located on carrer Balboa number 6, they offer craft beers and magnificent tapas. *Recommended tapa: Solomillo (very good cow meet)
Nº 3-Half day trip to Sitges
If your stay in Barcelona is more than two days, we recommend going to Sitges to spend a few hours. It’s half an hour by train (from Barcelona Sants station) and it’s definitely worth it.
It is a coastal town with a lot of charm and good atmosphere in the streets.
Walking from the center of Sitges to the port d’aiguadolç bordering the coast is beautiful. The round trip walk is 1.5 hours approx.
Also in the port you can eat very well.
* Recommendation: Eat a rice with lobster in the restaurant “Can Laury” of the port d’Aiguadolç, it is delicious and the place is magnificent with maritime atmosphere very close to the boats of the beautiful port d’Aiguadolç.
Nº 2-Rent a bike and walk along the Barceloneta promenade from Hotel W to the Forum.
If you are going to stay in Barcelona for a long time we advise you to get the Bicing card (Public bicycle renting -47€/year) but if you are only a few days you can rent a bicycle by hour near the Barceloneta (for example at Passeig Joan de Borbó).
Take the tour from Hotel Vela (going up first to the square next to the hotel from where you can see the Mediterranean Sea from above) to the Forum.
You will cross the entire beach of Barceloneta with a lot of atmosphere passing through the lively Port olímpic, following the beach of Bogatell to the “Platja de Llevant” (almost in the forum) and back.
There is a bike path in the entire route. Highly recommended every day of the year.
Nº 1-Go out end enjoy the nightlife of Barcelona according to the area and style that fits you best:
One of the best activities to do in Barcelona at night is to go partying in one of the 4 areas / discos that we recommend. Each one has its own style, choose the one that best fits your taste:
Barceloneta / Villa Olímpica (Opium, Shoko, Pacha)
Good DJs, they are by the sea and have a terrace. The music is commercial electronic and the atmosphere is good with a lot of tourists.
Aribau (Bling Bling, Suton)
This area is more crowded by local people, the style is elegant (clothing: shoes and shirt) and the music is commercial electronic and “pachangueo”(Spanish and latino music).
Razmatazz (Marina area)
If you like the underground / urban environment this is your disco. The dress requirements are less demanding than other clubs. The place is huge with many rooms and styles (Rock, electro commercial, Techno, etc).
Apollo (poble sec)
Modern, daring atmosphere, no demands on clothing. The music depends on the day you go (Monday – indie and rock, weekend – electronic, etc.)
- Here we leave a map with the location of each party area:
We hope you like what we have advised you to do in Barcelona! And if you book a boat trip with us we will meet in person !!
We leave the link below so you can book:
The Barcelona Sailboats team
Are you thinking about celebrating your birthday in an original and fun way? In celebrating a special event with your family or friends? Your hen party? In making an exclusive gift for your partner? Or simply enjoy a relaxing day at sea? Then renting a sailboat in Barcelona privately under the command of a professional captain will be your best choice.
In this post we want to explain briefly the usual conditions of boat hire by hour with skipper, everything you can do on a private boat trip, the different options of places to go you will have and some tips.
Without a doubt, renting a sailboat and enjoying the breeze and the sun, listening to your favorite music and enjoying an aperitif is one of the best plans you can do in Barcelona. Also, if you do it surrounded by your family or friends, it is insurmountable.
What are the usual conditions? What is included and what is not included?
Depending on the company with which you contract the rental, the conditions may vary, but usually the following is included in the price:
– Boat rental
– Professional Captain (can be included in the price or paid separately)
– Passengers insurance
– Fuel (can be included in the price or paid separately)
– Appetizer and a welcome drink (can come as extra)
– Final cleaning (can come as extra)
NOTE: Normally the boats have a fridge and it is allowed to bring drinks and food on board.
What is not included and is recommended to bring:
-Food and additional drinks.
What can be done on board? What tours can be made?
Enjoying a boat trip is easy, the list of pleasures is long and depending on the way of being of each person you can participate in the navigation of the boat with the help of the captain or to lie relaxed in the bow of the boat enjoying the breeze and the sun.
You can appreciate the views of the coast and the city skyline of Barcelona from another angle, listen to your favorite music, sail without the noise of the engine only with the force of the wind, swim near a beach or the open sea, etc.
The route will depend on the duration of the rental, the weather, the state of the sea, the wind and the intentions of the client and the captain.
With departure from Barcelona there are several options and each one has its charm. Here we explain the most common routes:
–Out to the open sea:
In Barcelona, the predominant wind is the Garbí (South-West) so if you are a sailing lover or you have never tried it and would like to experience the pleasure of sailing without a motor noise, only by sailing, the Garbí will push our sailboat heading to the sea from where you can appreciate the amazing views of Barcelona from the sea. This route is ideal for the 2 hour excursions, especially at sunset time.
–To the North:
This is the best option for routes of 3 or 4 hours as it will give time to anchor in one of the beautiful beaches near Barcelona such as Montgat. You will also have the possibility of stopping to eat at one of the restaurants in the port of Badalona if you decide to hire the whole day route (8 hours).
–To the south:
If you like to sail and do not mind being several hours sailing, you have the possibility of heading south and get to Port Ginesta or Garraf where you can taste delicious typical Mediterranean dishes in the restaurants of both ports.
And finally we leave you some brief but useful tips so you can enjoy your boat rental to the fullest:
-Reserve in the morning:
The sea is almost always calmer in the morning because at noon the wind starts to rise and little by little it forms a little wave that depending on the day can reach around 1.5 meters. So if you want to secure the shot book your boat trip in the morning.
-Take biodramina one hour before:
It is advisable to take biodramina one hour before the excursion to avoid sea sickness. There are people more prone to sea sickness than others but it is always better to prevent than to cure.
– Bring prepared food:
The boats usually have a kitchen on board but it is small and it is uncomfortable to cook with the movement of the sea, so we recommend bringing prepared food and disposable plastic plates.
We hope you liked this post, that you have solved some doubts if you had them and that you are encouraged to rent a sailboat for a few hours along the coast of Barcelona. You will not regret!
If you have any questions or clarifications, you can leave a comment in this post or write to: firstname.lastname@example.org or whatsapp or call +34651954925.
We hope to see you soon!
The Barcelona Sailboats team
A few hours before the nerves were running very high. One of the most important and memorable events of Muna and Manuel’s lives was aproaching and everything had to go according to plan. But at sea you know, safety comes first and that day the weather forecast was not the best.
Muna did not know anything, she believed that she was going to a simple boat trip along the coast of Barcelona but we had everything coordinated and organized so that it would be a very special day. Manuel was going to kneel and request her to marry on our sailboat the “White Satin”!
The crew was ready, captain and sailor ready to sail. Our magnificent photographer, Dominyka, prepared to do what she likes but this time with two added difficulties: take photos on a boat with the rough sea and pretending she has not been hired to photograph a hand request, but was there simply because he likes it (so that Muna would not suspect).
Once the presentations are made, we were a little bit less nervous (not Manuel hahaha), we set sail from the port olimpic to find the incomparable views with the sun falling on the city of Barcelona with the colors of the sunset from the sea.
Our main concern was the waves as the forecast was for waves of 1 meter. And indeed, once at sea, we noticed that the forecast has not failed, there are even waves that reach 2 meters. But we had a plan B!
After 15 minutes of intense navigation we enter the beautiful “port vell” where the waters are sheltered and calm. With the beautiful views of Montjuic, Columbus statue, boats and the skyline of the city, it is time for Manuel to take action.
Mona in the bow, relaxing music in the background, two glasses of champagne and the sun in the perfect position, so Manuel decides to take the step and kneels in front of her to offer the ring. She said: Yes, I want!
It was one of the best boat trips of our life.
We want to thank Manuel for his trust in us for having chosen us as accomplices for that special moment.
The team of BARCELONA SAILBOATS