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5 things to experience on a Barcelona cruise

Located on the Mediterranean coastline between the mouths of two rivers, Barcelona is well placed for shore excursions. Here are five of the best ways to take a break from the bustle of city-life.

Ancient ruins

Ancient ruins

The Costa Brava is littered with Greek and Roman ruins, but if seeing them is a priority then set sail to Empúries. The town was abandoned long ago for being too easy to invade!

Scenic cliffs

Scenic cliffs

Only accessible by boat, the spectacular cliffs of Sierra de Montgrí are among Costa Brava's most well-preserved natural heritage sites.

Rocky islands

Rocky islands

Head to the Medes Archipelago marine reserve to see the old lighthouse and fort ruins among its dramatic scenery. Oh, and you'll probably spot some colorful sealife too!

Views of the city

Views of the city

Why not see Barcelona's skyline in all its glory? Simply join a boat tour from the harbor to see the coastal landmarks of the city against the backdrop of its famous hills.

Sunset

Sunset

If it's romance you're after, then we'd recommend booking a classic yacht to take you and that special someone out in the early evening to watch the sun set over the city.

Planning Your Visit

What to pack?

Remember that sailing in the Mediterranean means you'll be exposed to the elements, so bring plenty of sunscreen as well as a hat and umbrella. Check if your Barcelona tour boat operator is providing food and beverages on your cruise. Even if they are, it's best to bring extra bottled water and snacks just in case.

What about a river cruise?

Though Barcelona might be sandwiched between rivers, its embankments aren't as rich with the historic and architectural eye-candy you'd expect in London, Paris, or Madrid, for instance. If you're set on taking to the water, then we can't recommend the sea enough!

What people are saying about Barcelona

A great way to explore and experience Barca

Barca is a beautiful city which you experience best by bike or by foot and bus. We did booth! The tour on bike was truly fantastic and one of the best things we did on our weekend in the city. You get a great overall grasp of the city in short time when biking around and the views from Montjuic is absolutely amazing. Our guide had all the knowledge and shared it in a fun and interesting way. He also gave a lot of recommendations for fun and food in the city. We absolutely recommend this trip!

A lovely way to see the sites of Barcelona and learn about them.

Our guide was very helpful, he managed to get my bike changed for me while we were on the boat trip as the one I had was a little bit too big for me. He was very knowledgeable about the different places we went to and helped us put our bikes on the cablecar. He stopped regular so everyone could stay together there was no pressure to go fast and the bikes were so easy to ride even up hill.

Absolutely amazing experience for all of us. Nice and relaxing.

As soon as we got a small distance from the port, Eduado gave me the steering wheel and let me take it out to sea and back. He showed different techniques and asked us questions we all found it relaxing and calm. The most important thing was that we all had laughs and wide smiles on our faces thank you Eduado from captain Thomas /Tom

Amazing intimate evening with quality guides, great food and drinks.

Quality guides that used the sails rather than just motoring in somewhat rough seas. Great food and drinks served by friendly and accommodating hosts. I highly recommend this experience.

Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Sunset Cruise on a Sailing Boat Reviewed by Crystal, 06/25/2019

Great trip, great guide! Highly recommend

So much fun! Barcelona has lots of people and crowded streets, but our guide did a great job taking us safely all over town. Very insightful, patient and attentive.