Sailing Trips in Barcelona

Your guide to unfurling the sails and enjoying a boat tour on the Med.

By Duncan Rhodes Barcelona Life

Whether you’re a seasoned seaman, or a traveller who can’t resist the allure of the sparkling Mediterranean, at least for a few hours, you’re on the right page. We share a number of Barcelona Life approved sailing tours and trips, as well as details on how to charter a yacht for yourself.

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).

Barcelona is one of the best bases in the world for sailing holidays, with its clement weather, modern marinas and the wealth of picturesque coastal towns along the Costa Brava. Those with a week or so to spend as sea might also note the city’s proximity to the magical Balearic islands, MajorcaMenorca and Ibiza.

For the casual tourist … there are plenty of great sailing activities on offer in the Catalan capital, which can be enjoyed in a single afternoon, or less.

While for the casual tourist, who doesn’t have time for a weekend, let alone a week, on a boat, there are plenty of sailing activities on offer in the Catalan capital, which can be enjoyed in a single afternoon, or less.

We’ve divided them into shared experiences, where you book a place on a boat shared with others, such as on the popular 1.5 hour Sailing Trip with Vermouth, which costs just €39 (or less with a Barcelona Life discount!); and private tours, where the whole boat is reserved just for you, such as on this sunset cruise.

Making the most of the Mediterranean

One of the great joys of a sailing trip is that you can make it as active or passive as you want it to be. If you’ve been on a boat once or twice before, you can help the captain by yanking on ropes and holding the helm steady, whilst those who don’t know their port from their starboard (and have little intention of learning) can dedicate themselves to drinking champagne on deck and working on their tan, leaving all the hard work to the qualified skipper.

Aspiring Buccaneers could even choose to spend a week or two in Barcelona learning the ropes (quite literally) on an RYA accredited sailing course that will have you hoisting, tacking and reefing up and down the rugged coastline of the Costa Brava.

Qualified sailors, meanwhile, can 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’s southern resort towns like Marbella.

Sailing Trips (Shared Boats)

Shared boats are the most accessible sailing activities for visitors. Most travellers want to sample a slice of the seafaring life in Barcelona, but few can dedicate a whole day to it (not with all those other fun things to do in the city!). Here are some trips that can be done in a couple of hours or less, that are suitable for any budget.

1. Sailing Tour (1.5 hrs) with Vermouth

This is the number one activity from Barcelona’s number one boat company, Sailing Experience. Their professional skippers will take you out on an 11 person sailboat for a 1.5 hour spin on the big blue. You’ll leave from Port Vell (Old Port) and, looking back across land, you’ll be able to admire views of the Statue of Columbus, Barceloneta beach and the historic castle of Montjuic. And you’ll do all that with a delicious glass of Catalan vermouth in your hand, or beer, sangria, wine or soft drinks, if you prefer. This tour runs four times a day (9:30am, 12pm, 2:30pm and 4:40pm) every day of the year – even on Christmas day – and costs just €39 per person. Great news, we’ve even negotiated a 10% discount for Barcelona Life readers. Just use the voucher code BARCELONALIFE2019 when you check out. Look for the blue box on the right of the page that says ‘Add Promo code / Voucher’ when it comes to entering your payment details (first you have to select your date and hit the Book Now button to get going).

Vermouth Sailing Trip

Price: €39 per person (discounts for children)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Boat size: 11 people
Availability: 4 departures a day, 365 days a year.

10% DISCOUNT VOUCHER CODE: BARCELONALIFE2019

2. Sailing Tour with Brunch

Not a morning person? That might change as you break your fast with a delicious brunch of local pastries and hearty sandwiches with a sea breeze running through your hair. Another of Sailing Experience BCN’s most booked trips, this slightly longer sail must be one of the best ways to start any day in Barcelona. It leaves from Port Vell every day at 9:30am, and yes, you can benefit from the same 10% discount that you can use when booking any of Sailing Experience’s tours. Just use the voucher code BARCELONALIFE2019 when you check out. Look for the blue box on the right of the page that says ‘Add Promo code / Voucher’ when it comes to entering your payment details.

Brunch Sailing Trip

Price: €59 per person in high season (€64 in low season)
Duration: 2 hours
Boat size: 11 people
Availability: Every day at 9:30am

10% DISCOUNT VOUCHER CODE: BARCELONALIFE2019

3. Afternoon Sailing with Snacks

…and if you’re really not a morning person then the Mediterranean will still be waiting for you in the afternoon. This tour is exactly the same as the sailing trip with brunch, except that it takes place at 3:30pm, and comes with traditional ‘merienda’ (afternoon) snacks and some refreshing beverages (beer, sangria, soft drinks, help yourself!). As always you can take advantage of the 10% discount we negotiated for our readers. Just use the voucher code BARCELONALIFE2019 when you check out.

Afternoon Sailing Trip

Price: €59 per person in low season (€64 in high season)
Duration: 2 hours
Boat size: 11 people
Availability: Every day at 3:30pm

10% DISCOUNT VOUCHER CODE: BARCELONALIFE2019

4. Sunset Sail with Cava

Barcelona boasts some beautiful sunsets, and there are few places better to enjoy them than out on a boat with views back over the city’s darkening skyline, glass of Cava in hand. After a hectic schedule of sightseeing, this is the perfect way to round off your day! Plus you can save 10% off the price when you use the promo code BARCELONALIFE2019 on the Sailing Experience BCN website. After you’ve entered your dates, look for the blue button on the right of the page that says ‘Add Promo code / Voucher’.

Sunset Sailing with Cava

Price: €69 per person in low season (€79 in high season)
Duration: 2 hours
Boat size: 11 people
Availability: Every day, leaving around 1 hour before sunset

10% DISCOUNT VOUCHER CODE: BARCELONALIFE2019

(NB: During the summer you can enjoy the same activity, but with live Spanish guitar included as well. Price €91 p.p.)

5. Las Golondrinas Boat Tour

This affordable tour departs several times a day from the Port Vell (Old Port), near Las Ramblas, and takes you on a pleasure cruise along Barcelona’s coastline, past Barceloneta beach, all the way to the twin towers at the modern Port Olimpic, before heading back to where you began. This tour has been taken by 100,000s of travellers since it began back in 1888, and is still popular today. The tour takes place on a comfortable, large motorised catamaran (not a sailing boat!), departing several times a day. You can book via Get Your Guide.

Las Golondrinas Boat Tour

Price: €15.20 per person
Duration: 1.5 hours
Boat size: 80+ people
Availability: Between 1-7 departures a day, depending on the season

Private Sailing Tours

Ramp up the luxury a bit with a private boat trip, exclusively for you and your partner, friends or family. Prices in this section are per boat, not per person.

1. 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. The costs start at €350 total for up to 7 people, whilst bigger boats can also be arranged at a slightly higher cost. We have a direct contact with the provider, so just email us on info@barcelona-life.com with your dates and group size, and you’ll hear back within 1 working day.

2. Romantic Sunset Cruise

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. The cost for this 3 hour private trip with skipper is just €350 total for two people. We work directly with the provider for this one, so simply email us on info@barcelona-life.com with your preferred dates and expect to hear back within 1 working day.
romantic sunset cruise

3. Private Boat Trip (2-8 hours)

With 10 different private boat tour options, Sailing Experience can cater for almost any group size, any time of the day and any length of trip, from two hours (which costs €299) to eight hours (which costs €839). Their boats can hold up to 11 people, and if you’re lucky private hire might even work out cheaper than a shared activity, once you divide the costs – especially when you take advantage of their 10% discount for our readers. Head to their website for a full list of experiences on offer under the “Private Sailing Experiences”, pick the one you want and then select a date and click ‘Book Now’ to start the booking process. You will be offered additional options, and then, on the next screen, you can fill out your payment details. But before you do so, just be sure to enter the promo voucher code BARCELONALIFE2019 on the right hand side of the page and your shopping cart price will change to reflect your discount.

4. 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.

Sailing Packages

Want to combine some ocean spray, with other luxury or adrenaline activities? Here we go…

1. Barcelona Helicopter, Land & Sea

This 4-hour, small group tour starts in the Gothic Quarter, where your expect guide will reveal the beauty of Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça Sant Felipe Neri, Las Ramblas and Boqueria food market, before you will take a ride from the city’s old port in a wonderful Turkish Goleta or an Eco-boat. After that you’ll be driven to Barcelona’s heli-port for an unforgettable flight over the Catalan capital. Great value at just €99.50 per person, all included. Book safely and securely via Get Your Guide.

2. Ferrari Drive & Sail

Move over James Bond, there’s a new playboy in town… you! For this activity you get to drive a 460hp Ferrari California around Barcelona, with the wind in your hair and purring of a V8 engine under your bonnet. Afterwards you get to relax on a 1.5 hour sailing cruise, cocktail in hand. Prices start at just €99 for a combined 20 minutes drive + 90 minutes sail. We work directly with the provider for this one, so just drop us a line on info@barcelona-life.com and we’ll get back to you with more details within 1 working day.

Yacht Charter Companies

There are a number of yacht charter companies in Barcelona, from whom you can hire you a variety of boats, including sailing yachts, motorboats and catamarans. If you’re a qualified sailor you can leave a deposit and rent a yacht bareboat, ie. without a skipper/crew, and get going. However, most companies 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.

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 several historical yachts. You’ll definitely be the envy of the Costa Brava swanning along the Mediterranean in the Llaüt “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 large corporate groups. Whatever you need, email us on info@barcelona-life.com and we’ll get back to you with a price quote.

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 your RYA sailing certificate, and become a qualified seafarer. We’ll be back to update this page shortly with this information.

Corporate Sailing Events

If you’re on this page looking for sailing activity for a corporate team building event then you’ve just struck gold. This sailing regatta allows up 250 people to take part, racing against each other on boats of up to 8 people. It’s a tonne of fun, and a great way to challenge your colleagues and also see them work together in a new way. Maybe that’s why Pepsi, Mars, Zurich, Unilever, DHL and Swarovski have all booked it for their staff in recent years. We work direct with the provider, with no mark up on the price, so just drop us an email on info@barcelona-life.com with dates, group size, etc and you’ll hear back within 1 working day.

About the Author

Duncan the AuthorDuncan established Barcelona Life in 2009, whilst freelancing for the likes of Conde Nast, The Guardian, Easyjet Magazine, CNN Traveller and many more. From interviews with Ferran Adria to revealing the secrets of the city’s poetry brothels, he knows the city inside out… and shares all his best tips right here.

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