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Location of Barcelona
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, in Northern Spain. It is located at the Adriatic Sea, north of the Pyrenees and the French border. Barcelona shares borders with the river Besós in the north and Llobregat in the south. Surrounded by the Coastal Range – part of to the Catalan Pyrenees – Collserola from the west and the Garraf Massif from the south. Its highest points are the Tibidabo and the Montjuic. Barcelona is the third-largest port city on the Adriatic Sea.
History of Barcelona
The most ancient town in the area was inhabited by the Celtic Layetans. They established their settlement between the Tibidado and Mont Tàber. According to legend, the Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barcas founded the predecessor settlement of the city. Later, the Roman general Scipio took over before the area came into possession of the Western Goths and the Moors. When Catalonia and Aragonia united, Barcelona was the next leading commercial city of the Adriatic Sea after Genoa and Venice. Their power was shaken in the 16th century, and in 1714, the troops of Philip V of Spain raided the city, destroying most of the town. The city flourished under the dominion of Charles III of Spain, and the port of Barcelona opened again. The city earned back its reputation on the Adriatic Sea in the 19th century.
Weather in Barcelona
The city has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are long and hot. Still, in July and August, the daily maximum temperature is barely higher than 30 °C. Winters are short, and the average temperature in January and February is around 10 °C. There is usually no freeze in Barcelona, and snow is not common either. The driest months are June and July, and the one with the highest amount of precipitation in October.
Main sights in Barcelona
If you are a nature enthusiast, you must definitely look for the Parc de la Ciutadella, which is practically the only green area in town. It includes a zoo. Visiting the Barcelona Aquarium is also a great experience, especially for families with small children. Another attraction that you must see is the Font Màgica, which is a collection of unique fountains. They change their colours and patterns to the rhythm of the music. Would you like to see beautiful architecture? La Sagrada Familia, Santa Maria del Mar and the Picasso Museum are all must-see sights. La Rambla is the main pedestrian precinct in the city; there are many cafés, bars and shops there.
Gastronomy of Barcelona
The Catalan gastronomy is based on natural ingredients and authentic local specialities, such as cold cuts, mushrooms, tomato bread and desserts. Other local specialities are the rossejats, the esqueixada and the fideua. As for desserts, it is worth tasting the Crema Catalana or the mel i mató.
Beaches in Barcelona
The city has beaches with golden sand and many of them have a Blue Flag certificate. Beside the buzzing beaches, there are other, more peaceful and idyllic places as well.
The most popular beach in the city, as it is located near the centre. This is 422 metres long, and its average width is 79 metres. It is equipped well, and there are many great services. During the summer, lifeguards provide safety for swimmers. There are dozens of restaurants and snack bars.
San Sebastian Beach
The beach is 1100 metres long, and its average width is 81 metres. Beside swimming, you can play beach volleyball or do extreme sports. They offer many services such as bars, and showers, and they have lifeguards as well.
Nova Icaria Beach
If you are looking for something quiet, we recommend Nova Icaria Beach. It is 415 metres long, and its average width is 81 metres. It is mainly popular among families and friends. There are many restaurants and beach bars, and you can do sports, too. There are also services such as sunshades and lounges for rent, as well as changing rooms and storage lockers.
Yacht charter in Barcelona
Port Vell (Barcelona)
Barcelona is one of the most important port cities in the Mediterranean. The Port Vell can accommodate 148 vessels up to 190 metres long yachts. Drinking water, electricity and cable TV are available.
Port de Blanes (Blanes)
The port is run by Blanes Sailing Club. It provides 309 berths for yachts up to 24 metres in size. The club has a café, a restaurant and a sailing school, too. The port combines recreational sailing with commercial fishing activities.
Club Nautic Cambrils (Cambrils)
Thanks to the reforms implemented in recent years, the club has two parts. It can accommodate up to 426 yachts between 8 metres and 25 metres in size. Moreover, there are eight premises that cover a wide range of vessel maintenance and repair services. There is a 24-hour crew service. You can also find a bar and a restaurant here, and of course, there is free Wi-Fi-access available.
Club Nàutic Estartit (L’Estartit)
This port is located in the L’Estartit resort. It has 643 berths for yachts up to 32 metres in size. The port has a depth of 2.3 metres. There are a number of excellent services available. There is also a bar and a restaurant.
If you sail around Barcelona, you should also visit the other beautiful resorts in the area. El Masnou, Mataró, Calella, Santa Susanna or Malgrat de Mar are great destinations. Find yacht routes in Costa Brava or choose another yacht charter in Costa Brava.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Barcelona. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Barcelona shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Barcelona shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Barcelona, and cruise around Barcelona
Day 1. Barcelona – El Masnou 18.90 km (11.75 mi), Day 2. El Masnou – Mataró 13.84 km (8.60 mi), Day 3. Mataró – Calella 20.61 km (12.81 mi), Day 4. Calella – Santa Susanna 5.82 km (3.61 mi), Day 5. Santa Susanna – Malgrat de Mar 2.81 km (1.75 mi), Day 6. Santa Susanna – Blanes 6.45 km (4.01 mi), Day 7. Blanes – Lloret de Mar – Barcelona 70.12 km (43.57 mi).
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Day 1. Barcelona – Castelldefels 30.40 km (18.89 mi), Day 2. Castelldefels – Sitges 9.85 km (6.12 mi), Day 3. Sitges – Vilanova i la Geltrú 9.54 km (5.93 mi), Day 4. Vilanova i la Geltrú – Tarragona 48.23 km (29.97 mi), Day 5. Tarragona – Cambrils 17.13 km (10.65 mi), Day 6. Cambrils – Coma-ruga 44.00 km (27.34 mi), Day 7. Coma-ruga – Garraf – Barcelona 63.72 km (39.59 mi)
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