[dropcap size=big]W[/dropcap]hen you think of Barcelona, what are the first things that spring to mind?
Let me guess… Gaudi? Sagrada Familia? Las Ramblas. Am I right? All very spectacular, cultural and interesting, but let me share a little secret with you. Aside from exploring the internal wonders of this fabulous city, full of curiosity and quaint and quirky winding streets inside the city, you will be amazed learn that you can see Barcelona from a different perspective, from the water.
In my opinion, this is the best way to truly understand what this beautiful city full of secrets really looks like.
Nautal have the widest variety in Spain when it comes to chartering catamarans, sailboats or for those speed demons out there, why not go for a motorboat? Once aboard your chosen rental boat, glide past the shopping mall as the bridge opens up for you in Port Vell.
This is probably the only time you will experience stillness in the middle of a hustling and bustling city. As you drift along the coastline you can capture the best view of both marinas, and the opportunity to cast your eyes upon astonishing buildings you were always too close to before to truly admire. Other perks of your view from the coastline include the chance to check out the oh so famously beautiful W hotel, and the well known ‘golden fish’, one of the most striking landmarks on the seafront, serving as a canopy over the vast amount of restaurants, shops and a casino, which is actually supposed to be in the shape of a helmet, but that’s another story.
EXPLORING BARCELONA’S COASTLINE
As you float further away, the once humongous Sagrada Familia slowly becomes the size of a fly and the city melts into the distance. Here you can enjoy the silence, apart from the odd wave crashing against the side of the boat. You can reach the beautiful Castelldefels in 3 hours via sailboat, and even less if you have a motorboat rented from a charter agency. If you don’t have the correct license or simply want to sit back, relax and discover the most popular spots to stop, you can hire a skipper for a very reasonable price.
Castelldefels is located at the heart of Costa del Garraf, between the mountainous landscape of the massif of Garraf and the Mediterranean. Here you will find 6km of white sandy beach, which is perfect to play with the kids or simply relax and enjoy a few cocktails. If you don’t want to stay overnight on your boat there are many options of hotels and restaurants to choose from. However, if you are just hiring the boat for one day, you can zoom on over to your final destination of the day, Sitges.
In Sitges you will discover beautiful beaches, winding alleys and a whole ton of culture. If you’re lucky you might catch one of Sitges famous festivals, filled with dazzling costumes and traditional reggaeton music. If your boat charter is for more than 2 days, why not check out the Costa Brava? I hear it’s glorious all year round!
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With that in mind, what are you waiting for? Book your boat rental in Barcelona now!