visit Barcelona

Our top 5 reasons to visit Barcelona

By Lianne, responsible for the Spanish market and content/translations at SeaBookings, who’s happy to share some personal reasons to visit Barcelona. 

Strolling along La Rambla, enjoying a fresh paella, being immersed in the modernist architecture or enjoying Barcelona from another perspective during a boat tour.

This city has for everyone something nice to offer and there are many reasons why you should visit this beautiful city. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should visit this city:

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From our yacht, you’ll enjoy the city from a unique perspective!

  1.    The ambiance 

The central point of Barcelona, and immediately the most atmospheric, is the busy street called “La Rambla”. The best-known street, starting at Plaça Catalunya and ending at the sea, is a gathering place for souvenir stands, street musicians, mimes and living statues.

Highly recommended is La Boqueria, a gigantic covered market place where you can buy all kinds of fresh/local products and refreshing smoothies. Do not forget to go into a side street to discover some of the cozy squares, such as the Plaça Reial.

The ideal place to enjoy a glass of Spanish (Catalan) wine. If you want to get to know the city a little better, I would really recommend to do a free walking tour during your stay. To end your day magically you can go and see Font Mágica.

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You should definitely have a look ant Font Mágica by night

  1.    Irresistible tapas

Those who think of Spain think almost immediately of tapas. This city is no exception.

You should really visit this amazing city if you’re a foodie; everywhere you go you can find cozy tapas bars. Tapas tours are even organized for real lovers.

Don’t you feel like eating tapas, but do you want to enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine? Then there is always paella.

 The local population only eats late at night, so there is a chance that you will be surprised if you walk into a restaurant at six o’clock in the evening.

You can sit outside on cosy terraces at most restaurants

You can sit outside on cosy terraces at most restaurants

Personally, I can recommend the restaurant named “Los Caracoles”. Situated in Barrio Gòtico this charismatic and historical restaurant is just what you need for a perfect night in Barcelona.

When you enter the restaurant, you will have to walk through the bar and the kitchen, before you can take your seat. It’s the perfect place to have excellent local food and if you are lucky there will be live music as well!

You won't be disappointed at "Los Caracoles"

You won’t be disappointed at “Los Caracoles”

  1.    The architecture

Someone who had a great influence on the typical architecture of Barcelona was Antoni Gaudí. His masterpiece, (the unfinished) Sagrada Familia, is one of the best examples of his modernist style. Other of his characterizing structures are the Casa Batlló and Parc Güell.

Are the colorful and busy buildings nothing for you? Then you might like the Gothic Quarter better.

Get lost in the small streets and enjoy the typical medieval buildings. Do not forget to visit the Cathedral. All architecture-fans should have enough reasons to visit Barcelona.

Enjoy the colorful Parc de la Ciutadella

Welcome to lovely Parc Guell

  1.    Beach and sea

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can always go to the beach. Barcelona has several beaches. The closer you stay to the center, the busier it is. A perfect way to explore the city from another perspective is doing a boat tour.

Boat tours can be done all year round, so if you are looking for a nice tour please let us know! What do you think of this sunset sailing tour for example? Enjoy the sun in the afternoon and experience an amazing sunset together with your friends and/or family.

The skies of Barcelone turn into true pieces of art during sunset

The skies of Barcelona turn into true pieces of art during sunset

  1.    Nature

When you are around, be sure to visit nature in and around the city. The hills of Montjuïc do not only offer a beautiful view of the city, but it is also a green oasis.

Especially the botanical gardens are a must if you love nature! More central there are beautiful nature parks to walk around, such as the Parc de la Ciutadella (one of my favorites) with its immense waterfall and romantic garden.

You can rent a rowing boat to float over the big lake and there are playgrounds for the little ones.

Welcome to lovely Parc Guell

Enjoy the nature of Parc de la Ciutadella

I hope I could help you prepare your holiday to Barcelona with our list of top 5 top reasons to visit the city! Enjoy your stay and feel free to contact me for any additional tips or questions!

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The best watersports in Barcelona

We understand that if you are on holidays in Barcelona you would like to do something cool that you normally can’t do at home. That’s why we listed the coolest and funniest watersports in Barcelona which you can do alone, or with a group of friends and/or family. Have you already tried one of these watersports? No? Well, now is your chance! Try out one (or more) of these watersports in Barcelona. We will tell you all about it and rated the activities by the level of craziness. The higher the number the crazier it gets!

Top 4 crazy watersports in Barcelona

  1. Parasailing in Barcelona

You will experience a unique sensation of free-flying with a great view of the city!

You will experience a unique sensation of free-flying with a great view of the city!

Parasailing in Barcelona is one of the activities that give you a unique view of the amazing city of Barcelona. And not only Barcelona, but you will see the Costa Brava as well! You will be able to fly high in the sky and have a bird’s eye view!

Normally you can go parasailing alone or with 2 people (tandem flight). In Barcelona, you can now go with three people together (up to 280 kg per flight)! So even if you are with an uneven amount of people, parasailing in Barcelona is the best thing you can do! Flying 150 meters above the sea and the feeling of seeing the rope stretch and you’re furthering from the boat, higher and higher into the sky, is amazing. And did you know that you will experience a complete silence for a moment? If you like we can provide a GoPro (extra costs), to film this incredible experience!

  1.  Jet ski in Barcelona

This activity does not require any previous experience.

This activity does not require any previous experience.

Renting a jet ski in Barcelona is a cool and refreshing way to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea. If you are looking for some adrenaline, jet ski is always a good idea. Speed along the Costa Brava and the Mediterranean waves will increase your adrenaline level! Jet ski in Barcelona does not require any previous experience, but you need to be at least 18 years old (or with parental permission 16 years old) to be able to drive! The younger ones are more than welcome to sit on the back. Our experienced instructor will give you the chance to explore the most unspoiled attraction of the city, the Mediterranean Sea!

  1.  Speedboat in Barcelona

Are you ready for an adrenaline rush?

Are you ready for an adrenaline rush?

Oh my god, do you see this Monster? That is what’s our speedboat in Barcelona is called! And it’s true to its name because you will experience 20 minutes of craziness! Driven by an expert captain, the boat speeds, spins and splashes, so we definitely recommend to not being scared of getting wet! This speedboat in Barcelona will give you a breathtaking ride to immerse yourself into the crazy waves of Barcelona. Do you dare to climb on board?  

  1. Fly fish in Barcelona

Any doubt this is one of the craziest watersports in Barcelona!?

Any doubt this is one of the craziest watersports in Barcelona!?

Sometimes you see a banana boat pulled by a boat. That’s nice, but nothing compared to this crazy watersport in Barcelona. Fly fish in Barcelona is becoming extremely popular and we have to say: it’s the next level! The flying fish is an inflatable rubber boat in the form of a flatfish, pulled by a speedboat. The speed will make the inflatable fish fly, so hold on tight and enjoy this full speed ride for 15 minutes! It’s for sure the best activity to get a laugh kick and gives you an adrenaline boost while you and your friend fly above the Mediterranean Sea!

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Top 6: The best private boat tours in Barcelona

Are you planning your holidays in Barcelona? And would you like to organise the perfect boat trip to explore the Costa Brava? We understand that finding the best boat for a group of people can be difficult. That’s why we listed different types of boats below and explain to you for what kind of group or celebration these boats are suitable for. 

Whether you would like to celebrate your bachelor party, looking for a boat for team building or any other celebration, everything is possible! Do you still need some advice while planning your boat tour? Don’t hesitate to contact us and feel free to ask anything you would like to know! Climb aboard on one of our beautiful boats and explore the coast of Barcelona during a half day or full day tour!

This is our top 6 of the best private boat tours in Barcelona

Private sailing tour from Port Olimpic in Barcelona

(up to 11 people)

You can depart from Port Olimpic
You can depart from Port Olimpic

This boat is perfect for a small group of friends, family or colleagues (up to 11 people). Our charming sailing yacht is ideal to have some quality time together. We will give you the chance to enjoy the most spectacular views of the city Barcelona.

Our skipper can also set sail offshore to the deepest sea. It’s up to you! We have this option also available with a professional photoshoot on board. That way you can take the experience back home as a wonderful memory!

Bachelor boat party in Barcelona 

(up to 11 people)

Enjoy the city skyline from the sea

Hold on, because our MedOne motorboat can reach speeds of 80km/h if you want! As you can see on the photos this fantastic motorboat has comfortable sunbeds on the back and front deck so if you prefer to relax and enjoy the Barcelona’s skyline, be our guest! 

The boat is equipped with a Bluetooth music system, drinks fridge, toilet, fresh water shower and a selection of fun inflatables and is perfect for a group of friends and/or family who would like to have a lot of fun together!

Private sailing charter in Barcelona

(up to 12 people)

You can depart from Port Vell

Do you love sailing and being out on the water? Then we have the best sailing experience for you during your stay in Barcelona. Join us with your group of up to 12 people on this nice sailing yacht.

From Port Vell, we will take you sailing along the most emblematic attractions of Barcelona. In the back, the sailing boat has a dining area and great interiors with four cabins and two toilets to provide great comfort! What do you think of a sunset sailing experience with this lovely boat?

Private catamaran cruise in Barcelona

(up to 12 people)

How about a catamaran?

It doesn’t get any more special than on board of our beautiful luxury catamaran in Barcelona that can take up to 12 people on board! Your private skipper will take you to see the most beautiful sights of Barcelona. The catamaran has a spacious sundeck where you can relax, and enough space in the shade if it gets too hot! 

If you would like to take a refreshing dive in the Mediterranean Sea, then we would like you to be aware that you can try stand-up paddle, kayak or do snorkeling. To stay hydrated, mineral water, coffees and a variety of teas are included during the catamaran sailing. They will also serve an aperitif, a glass of cava/wine, soft drinks and some quality snacks.

Private catamaran tour in Barcelona 

(up to 25 people)

This catamaran has space up to 25 guests

This private catamaran tour in Barcelona is ideal for any type of group. Whether you would like to organise a team-building event, a bachelor boat party in Barcelona, or just have some quality time together with a group of friends and/or family. We are ready to organise the perfect boat tour that meets your needs.

Discover the skyline of the city while relaxing and enjoying some pleasant music on the background. If you want, it is also possible to do some snorkeling or try some stand-up paddle! All equipment is available and the crew will also provide you with some drinks and snacks.

Boat tour in Barcelona for big groups 

(up to 80 people)

Welcome on Goleta Karya

If you are searching for a boat tour in Barcelona for a very big group, then this Goleta Karya is ideal for you. The Goleta Karya is the jewel of the Mediterranean, a boat entirely made of wood and made by hand by the shipyards originating in Turkey, unique in this sea. 

If you want we can arrange catering onboard and provide you with some local and fresh products. Unfortunately, it’s not permitted to swim during the tour, but no need! Because we are certain everyone will enjoy the scenery whilst relaxing! 

Do you still need some advice while planning private boat tours in Barcelona? Don’t hesitate to contact us and feel free to ask anything you would like to know! Contact our BCN expert, Lianne: [email protected]

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The Best Sunset Sea Tours in Barcelona

Barcelona – the city of fashion, good food and cool people. But it is also a city surrounded by beautiful harbours and right by the sea. Therefore, sea tours in Barcelona are a Must-Do during your holidays in this vibrant city!

We have selected the Best Sunset Sea Tours in Barcelona for you. Because to be honest, is there any better time for a boat tour than during sunset? We don’t think so! Enjoying a magical sunset in the middle of the sea with a beautiful view over the skyline of Barcelona is simply the best way to spend your evenings!

Here is our selection of the Best Sunset Sea Tours in Barcelona:

Sunset Cruise em Barcelona

Stunning skyline of Barcelona

  1. Sunset Boat Tour in Barcelona

This Sunset Boat Tour in Barcelona is the perfect end to a beautiful day in Barcelona with your friends (or the start of a wild night!). Relax on board of a luxury catamaran while sailing past the main attractions of Barcelona like the W Hotel and Barceloneta. In the middle of the sea we will enjoy the stunning sunset!

We have equipment for snorkelling and SUP available, so you can have some extra fun during this Sunset Boat Tour in Barcelona! Free Spotify Premium and Wifi on board allows you to share your experience with all your friends! A Welcome Drink and Seasonal Fruit are included, but you can bring along your own drinks as well! This Sunset Boat Tour in Barcelona departs from Puerto Olímpico and sails to Port Vell! This fun and beautiful Sunset Boat Tour in Barcelona is definitely one of our Best Sunset Sea Tours in Barcelona for you and your friends!

Sunset sailing in Barcelona

Join us for some magical moments

  1.  Sunset Sailing in Barcelona

This Sunset Sailing in Barcelona departs from Port Vell, where you will come aboard of our beautiful sailing yacht. From there, we will sail past the most emblematic symbols of the city!

While watching the sun set over the ocean, you can enjoy a fresh glass of wine or cava. Snacks and fresh fruit are also included in this Sunset Sailing in Barcelona. We are sure that this will be one of your highlights during your stay in Barcelona! This Sunset Sailing in Barcelona departs from Port Vell and takes about 2 hours. The memories will last forever!

This relaxing Sunset Tour gives you a more exclusive feeling of luxury and relaxation, which is why it has to be on our list of the Best Sunset Sea Tours in Barcelona!

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The guide will give live commentary about the city

  1.  Private Sunset Sailing Tour in Barcelona

For those of you who wish to spend some private quality time with your partner, friends or family, this Private Sunset Sailing Tour in Barcelona is a great option! You can enjoy the view over Barcelona in the privacy of a private yacht! This is definitely one of the most exclusive and Best Sunset Sea Tours in Barcelona!

The Private Sunset Sailing Tour in Barcelona departs from Port Vell. You will sail along the coast of the city and enjoy the view over the impressive skyline. If it gets too hot, just ask your private skipper to make a stop and take a refreshing dive in the crystal clear water!

To make your experience even better, we provide you with a glass of wine or cava as well as some snacks and fresh fruit. Enjoy a magical sunset on board of your own private yacht, surrounded only by people you love! Does it get any better than this? For us, this is not only the most high-class but also one of the Best Sunset Sea Tours in Barcelona!

What are you waiting for? Choose the Sunset Sea Tours in Barcelona that seems the most appealing to you and enjoy an enchanting sunset with a spectacular view over one of the most exciting cities!

Things to do in Barcelona

Top 5 things to do in Barcelona

Yes, we love Barcelona.  We went there last weekend and had a blast. I would like to share my top things to do in Barcelona with you. I must admit I’m a bit biased towards sea activities, but of course, I also share some other tips.

My top 5 things to do in Barcelona

Enjoy some nice tapas!

Enjoy some nice tapas!

1. Eat tapas and drink sangria

Of course one of the things to do in Barcelona is to eat. We have several favorite spots in Barcelona for some tapas and sangria. My friend and colleague Lianne recommends De Tapa Madre. But as we were not nearby when we were looking for tapas, we went to a place we found on our way to Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. We went to Restaurant Elisabets and found a true authentic experience. The wine is great and tastes even better with some nice garlic mushrooms, tortilla and patatas bravas.

We also liked Alsur Café & Backdoor Bar next to Parc de la Ciutadella for some nachos and sweet potato patatas bravas.

It's a must!

It’s a must!

2. Visit La Sagrada Familia

Yes, it’s one of the true must things to do in Barcelona. The Sagrada Familia is one of the most impressive buildings I’ve ever seen. Some areas of the Basilica are currently undergoing rehabilitation works but it’s still amazing. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth to go up to the towers. Don’t forget to buy your ticket online.

Poblenou is my favourite neighbourhood

Poblenou is my favourite neighbourhood

3. Stroll around El Poblenou like a local

One of my favorite ways to explore a city is simply to feel its vibe by strolling around. While wandering around Barcelona we stumbled upon this very authentic, cool and cute district – El Poblenou. Poblenou is an old industrial neighborhood that is constantly changing and improving. You’ll still find charming smokestacks scattered throughout the area. The Rambla del Poblenou hosts several local restaurants, bars, cafes and small shops for those who want to stroll the day away in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Join a boat tour!

4. Discover a different view on a boat trip in Barcelona

Of course, I had to mention a boat trip or two in this list of best things to do in Barcelona. There are several options, for all budgets and schedules. If you’re on a tight budget or short of time, you can do a boat trip in Barcelona for only 30 minutes and 10€ per person. If you have a little longer, you can do 60 minutes for 15€ or even 90 minutes for 18€. Just enjoy!

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From our yacht, you’ll enjoy Barcelona from a unique perspective!

5. Feel like the owner of a luxury sailing yacht in Barcelona

This private sunset sailing tour in Barcelona is great for couples or a group of close friends who want to have some quality time together. Along the trip, we will sail along some of the most emblematic symbols of the city. You will enjoy a beautiful sunset with a good glass of wine/cava in your hand. There’s time for a refreshing dive in the sea if you want to. You can book this private sunset sailing tour in Barcelona for 2 or 3 hours. Our sailing yacht can take up to 11 people and we have seats in the sun or in the shade!

If you ask me what to do in Barcelona, this would be my answer. If you’ve got any further tips or ideas, feel free to share!