As a huge draw for culture aficionados, Barcelona is a must visit city on the European trail. And, with her position on the Costa Brava, a yacht rental from Barcelona is the perfect launch pad to explore.
Drawing millions of visitors a year to her architectural and gastronomic charms, Barcelona really is a city that offers so much. The Catalan region of Spain, of which Barcelona is the capital, has a very distinctive character with a rugged landscape and exceptional food. So what better way to discover this beautiful region than with a boat hire from Barcelona?
Located in Spain’s north eastern corner, Barcelona has a rich history as a maritime center on the Mediterranean. Today, cruise ships and luxury yachts can be seen sailing into Barcelona’s harbor every day, with the city one of the main stops for sailing holidays in Spain and the Med.
Sailing the Costa Brava
Sailing north with a private boat hire from Barcelona will take you along the Costa Brava, the ‘wild coast’, known for its rugged beauty. With countless calas, or small coves, the region is literally dotted with hidden coastal villages and beaches. Many of these are only accessible either via a hike over rocks, or by boat.
A week-long sailing itinerary in the Costa Brava will include some truly spectacular vistas, with castles and forts looking out to sea, and stunning azure seas. Although known for the rugged coastline, the area is actually quite hospitable to adept sailors, making it a great place to explore with a bareboat yacht rental from Barcelona.
The Catalan coast
Heading south towards Tarragona, there are many miles of long sandy beaches and resort towns with welcoming marinas. The coastline south of Barcelona is perfect for exploring over a week with a yacht rental, or find your Sailo boat hire in towns such as Sitges or Tarragona.
Whether you prefer classic sailboats and catamarans, luxury motor boats or something a bit sleeker and faster, you’ll find lots of choice on Sailo. Sailing in Catalunya and the Costa Brava will make a memorable and action packed vacation. Find your perfect boat hire in Barcelona or Catalunya with Sailo.
Port De Segur De Calafell
Marina Port Vell
Marina Port Premià
The town of Sitges is around 35 miles south of Barcelona and is a popular destination for fun seekers. With it’s long sandy beach, Sitges is well known for the vibrant nightlife, excellent food and compact old town. For those in the know, this is the place to come in the summer months, and you’ll easily find all the fun of the big city, but with a small town feel. With it’s marina, Sitges is an easy place to come with a yacht rental from Barcelona, or you’ll find plenty of Sailo boat hire options here too!
A stone throw from the Catalan mainland, the Medes Islands are a small archipelago and a protected national park. The draw here is excellent marine life, so make sure to pack your snorkel if you want to explore the underwater world. The area is protected, so landing on the islands with your isn’t permitted unless booked in advance, although you’re free to swim and snorkel from your yacht rental of course. Over on the mainland, you can enjoy the marina and amenities of the charming resort town of L’Estartit, where you can also find options for Sailo boat hire.
The town of Blanes is known as the gateway to the Costa Brava and marks the perfect point to start coast hopping with your Sailo boat hire. The town itself is a vibrant resort, with restaurants and bars aplenty. But the best features are some of the local calas, or coves, such as Cala Forcanera or Cala S’Aguia, which are best approached with your Barcelona yacht rental. Access to these beaches is tricky from land, but they make a fantastic place to discover by boat. If you’re on a vacation in Girona, you’ll also be able to charter a yacht from Blanes with Sailo.
Arriving in Tossa de Mar from the sea will make you feel like you’re in Game of Thrones (although without the dragons). The hilltop castle looks across the pretty old fishing town, and the golden beach sits like a jewel at the centre of this vista. In the summer, there are many boats moored in the bay, so arriving with your Sailo yacht rental in the Costa Brava will be simple. The town itself is very pretty and worth exploring, with beaches, the hilltop fortress and quaint old fisherman's quarters.
Set sail to Tarragona with your yacht rental from Barcelona to explore the real Catalunya. This city sees a fraction of the tourism of Barcelona, but features plenty of history and culture to keep even the most demanding tourist happy. The main attraction here is the Roman amphitheatre, sat next to the sea, but there are also many beautiful beaches, cafe fringed plazas and a vibrant street life that will make you wish you could stay longer. There is also lots of coast to explore with your Sailo boat rental, so set a course for Tarragona!