Barcelona is one of the main tourist destinations, not only in Europe but in the whole world. It is famous for the architecture of Gaudi, its festivals and its atmosphere, football, and Mediterranean cuisine and a wonderful climate. But also the nearest coast of this cosmopolitan city has a lot to offer. From BoatBureau we suggest you this 7-day sailing itinerary for Barcelona, for you to know the southern coast of the Catalan capital, down to Tarragona.
The best time to sail the coast of Barcelona is between May and late July or early August because the winds are very light. The waves are usually half a meter high and the sea temperature during summer is around 24 degrees Celsius, so navigation is a very pleasant experience. Sailing south you will find long sandy beaches and fishing villages like Sitges, that offer tranquility and beauty.
Sailing north of Barcelona and to the Costa Brava is also a wonderful option that offers many kilometers of beaches and fishing villages, but also wild coast spots and hidden coves.
Wind and weather
On the coast of Barcelona, between May and August, it blows the Migjorn or Ostro, a very light wind from the South, barely noticeable in the morning and a little bit stronger in the afternoon. In the end of August, September and October the weather is also nice but winds and especially rain are more frequent. The wind in the central Catalan coast is much less important than in the Costa Brava, so this central part of the coast is best suited for those inexperienced sailors because there are not difficulties.
ITINERARY: BARCELONA – SOUTHERN COAST (7 days / 98NM)
Day 1. Barcelona – Sitges (22NM)
The first day of this sailing itinerary for Barcelona we will leave the Catalan capital and head towards Sitges. This fishing town is known for its Carnival and the Fantastic Film Festival that is held there every Fall. Do not miss the old town and the view from the seafront with the Church of St. Bartholomew and Santa Tecla at the end.
Day 2. Sitges – Coma-ruga (14NM)
We continue south and head to Coma-ruga. Here we can practice water sports or enjoy the beach, over two kilometers long. For over 25 years this beach has Blue Flag, the European label that distinguishes the beaches with the best facilities and environmental conditions.
Day 3. Coma-ruga – Tarragona (14NM)
The third day we will arrive to Tarragona, one of the largest cities in Catalonia. Here lived the Roman emperor Augustus and it was the de facto capital city of the Roman Empire for a few years. Its importance during this time provided the current Tarragona with a wealth of monuments and Roman constructions, like the amphitheater, the circus or the Torre dels Escipions.
Day 4. Tarragona – Vilanova i la Geltrú (22NM)
Back to the north we will stop at Vilanova i la Geltrú, halfway between Tarragona and Barcelona. After the cultural visit of Tarragona, in Vilanova i la Geltrú we can relax in its long sandy beach.
Day 5. Vilanova i la Geltrú – Garraf (10NM)
We continue enjoying the coast of Barcelona and head north to the beach of Garraf. Unlike the above-mentioned, this beach is small and is nestled between the mountains. On the sand there are picturesque wooden houses that used to be home to fishermen.
Day 6. Garraf – Barcelona (16NM)
The sixth day of sailing we will head back to Barcelona. During the day you can enjoy the long beach that stretches between Castelldefels and El Prat de Llobregat, if you want. If you are a lover of aeronautics in this area you can see really close the planes taking off and landing at the airport of Barcelona. We will sail to the Catalan capital and spend the night in one of its exclusive clubs.
Day 7. Barcelona (0NM)
The seventh and last day of this sailing itinerary for Barcelona will be devoted to visit the city. It is a day to discover the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, the Pedrera and other Gaudí’s buildings, museums, the Cathedral, Las Ramblas and the Boqueria market. Or if we want to, we can also navigate a few miles north or south to continue enjoying everything the Catalan coast offer.
– header photography by Alejandra Palés (edited) (license)