Barcelona Sailing: Yacht Hire, Cruises & More

Life on the ocean waves! That's what it's all about. Blues skies, salty air, and the majesty of the Mediterranean unfurling in front of you as you sail out of Barcelona's ports thirsty for adventure. (Hopefully with a copy of Moby Dick and a bottle of rum tucked inside your cabin for good measure). Undoubtedly Barcelona is one of the best bases in the world for sailing holidays with its clement weather, the wealth of picturesque coastal towns along the Costa Brava and of course the city's proximity to the magical Balearic islands, Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza.

The joy of going on a sailing trip of course is that you can make it as active or passive as you want it to be. Aspiring Buccaneers can spend their time in Barcelona learning the ropes (quite literally) of this ancient art form on a RYA accredited sailing course that will have them hoisting, tacking and reefing up and down the golden coastline of the Costa Brava. Whilst experienced sailors and able-bodied seamen can hire/charter a yacht from Barcelona and take a leisurely (or not so leisurely) cruise around the Mediterranean, heading up to France or further down to Spain as they wish.

And even if you don't know your port from your starboard (and have little intention of learning) you can still enjoy a fantastic vacation by renting a yacht with a qualified skipper (aye aye Captain!) who will do all the hard work for you. You might still have to yank the odd rope and make yourself useful, but the best part of the day can be spent drinking champagne on deck, practicing your dives off starboard, and working on your tan. Now that's what we call a holiday!

Finally, for the casual tourist who doesn't have time for a weekend, let alone a week, on a boat, there are several great activities on offer in the Catalan capital that we can recommend, which can be enjoyed in a single afternoon... such as a Sailing Port Tour, or Romantic Sunset Sail. Keep reading for more info!

Above: Cruising the Mediterranean in a historical yacht

Yacht Charter Companies

There are a number of yacht charter companies operating out of Barcelona which can hire you a variety of boats, including sailing yachts, motorboats and catamarans. If you're an experienced and qualified sailor you can leave a deposit and rent a yacht bareboat (ie. without a skipper/crew) for private charter. However most companies also provide the option of hiring a professional captain to make sure your sailing holiday doesn't end in you shipwrecking yourself on a desert island and being forced to grow a Tom Hanks-style beard (the horror!).

Barcelona Yacht Charter
This leading private charter company, directly affiliated with Barcelona Life, has an enviable array of vessels to choose from - from 1 to 12 berth sailing yachts, top notch motor yachts, three catamarans and, perfect for a fancy-dress themed cruise, several historical yachts. You'll definitely be the envy of the Costa Brava swanning along the Mediterranean in the LlaŁt "Sant Ramon" from 1904. Virtually all of their vessels are available both for bareboat rental or with a skipper and/or crew and hostess. They can also arrange sailing day trips, boat parties and luxury cruises for big groups, whilst for corporate team building events why not ask them to organise you a sailing regatta with you as the participants! In the first instance drop us a line on with your questions and requests and we'll ask their expert English-speaking team to get back to you with answers and a price quote.

Sailing Trips, Tours & Activities

Chill Out Day Sail
If you fancy heading out to sea with your besties then this activity offers you a very reasonably priced three hour yacht hire with experienced captain, and the chance to roam Barcelona's coastline and of course enjoy a dip in the water and a few drinks. Perfect for small groups of friends! Click on the link above for prices and how to book.

Romantic Sunset Sail
During this amorous activity you'll head out on to the glittering Mediterranean for a romantic cruise you won't forget with gorgeous views back over the iconic Barcelona skyline. It doesn't get much more romantic than cuddling up with your loved one with a glass of Cava and chocolates on the gently rocking waves. Click the link above for details and reservations.

Sport Fishing Charter
If sunbathing, swimming and winching the odd rope is not enough for you, then you might want to try your luck at one of man's oldest hobbies... fishing! Click the link above to find out a list of boats available for fishing charters in and around Barcelona. You will also be able to grill and eat your catch at the end of the day at a local restaurant.

Learn How To Sail

We're currently researching the best providers of sailing lessons and courses in and around Barcelona and the Costa Brava, where you can study for (and pass!) your RYA sailing certificate. We'll be back to update this page shortly with this and any more variations on the great Barcelona sailing holiday we can think of, plus more nautical related fun!

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Any updates on the list of sailing classes? Thank you!

reviewed by M from Colombia on Feb.28.2012