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Barcelona, Spain

One of the most visited cities in Europe, Barcelona is packed with things to see and do. From the UNESCO world heritage sites and amazing architecture of Anton Gaudi to numerous museums and art galleries, the capital of Catalonia definitely has a lot to offer to its visitors. You can also explore its coastline with a boat rental, admire famous paintings at the popular galleries, or just chill on the beach in the city. Here is a list of places that should be included in your travel itinerary in Barcelona.

 

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Nova Icaria Beach

One of the most peaceful beaches in the city, Nova Icaria Beach is an ideal destination for couples and vacationers who are hoping to find some peace and quiet. In case you get hungry, there are several restaurants and bars on the beach that sell fresh seafood specialties. Nova Icaria Beach also boasts a couple of volleyball courts, as well as a game area for children.

Cinc Sentis

Cinc Sentis is a one-Michelin star restaurant that focuses on tasting menus. They usually have two tasting menus to choose from with 5 to 8 courses, but keep in mind that there is no a la carte option here. The philosophy here at Cinc Sentis is that the food needs to be prepared only from best-quality products which come from Catalan artisans. For a truly discrete experience, they offer a private dining option for 12-26 guests.

Casa Batlló

One of the most famous Anton Gaudi’s houses in the city, Casa Batlló is a popular tourist attraction that draws large crowds of tourists each day. Most of them will be taking photos of the popular balconies on the façade. This colorful building can be best described as fundamental work of Catalan modernism.

Barcelona History Museum

In case you are interested in the history of Barcelona, head out to the Barcelona History Museum that boasts around 4,000 square meters of Roman ruins which are located right underneath the museum. Of course, visitors can walk through these ruins and take a free detailed audio guide that provides descriptive explanations.

Ocata Beach

Exploring the Spanish coastline with a boat rental is an experience unlike any other and one of the places that you simply must include in your sailing itinerary is the lovely Ocata Beach. Travelers who are staying in Barcelona and wish to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded streets can catch a train from Plaza Catalunya or Arc de Triomf to reach Ocata Beach. One of the reasons why vacationers love this beach is its wide open beach front with plenty of space to move around.

Casa Milá or La Pedrera

Another Gaudi’s house in Barcelona, Casa Milá or as some like to call it La Pedrera is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Some of the apartments inside the building are opened to the public and you can also check out the spectacular brick-ribbed loft space. Don’t forget to take photos of the famous self-supporting façade.

The Gothic Cathedral

Built on top of a church from the 11th century, The Gothic Cathedral is conveniently located right in the center of the Barri Gotic. Travelers can take an elevator up to the roof of the cathedral and enjoy views of the historic areas around.

Museu de la Xocolata

No child can resist a museum that is dedicated to chocolate. At Museu de la Xocolata, you will hear all of those cool stories about the origin of chocolate, when it came to Europe, and about the current status of this amazing feel-good treat. This awesome museum in Barcelona is run a couple of cake makers who are friendly and attentive. Make sure to taste some chocolate at one of the workshops at the museum.

Parc de la Ciutadella

Home to the popular Cascada Fountain by Gaudi, Parc de la Ciutadella is a beautiful park that boasts a cool zoo and several walking paths. Visitors who wish to take a break from their beach vacation can simply get a bottle of wine, purchase some local ham, and make a picnic in the park.

Las Ramblas

Besides being an ideal destination for a sailing vacation, Barcelona is home to dozens of shopping areas and each one is different from the other. Las Ramblas is a popular shopping area, but here you will mostly big brands, shops that overcharge, and places that sell souvenirs. For alternatives, head out to the narrow alleys of the Old Town. Here you will find new labels and designers, as well as hundreds of small shops. The Roman center of Barcelona is home to dozens of antique shops and young fashion designers, while El Raval is famous for second-hand shops and small boutiques.

Centre Cívic Can Deu

Situated inside a modernist building in the heart of Les Corts neighborhood in Barcelona, Cafeteria of the Centre Cívic Can Deu features a large outdoor terrace and offers a nice selection of drinks and local dishes at affordable prices. The food here is delicious and there are not a lot of tourists around.

Old Town Shopping

Vacationers who get tired from all the boating parties should head out to the old town in Barcelona to satisfy their thirst for shopping. There are many traditional shops in the alleys of the old town, as well as new trendy boutiques that sell fashionable clothes and cool accessories. The Old Town is also an ideal shopping destination for gifts. Maybe you wish to get a bottle of nice white wine or some fresh and locally produced olive oil.

Embat

If you are in the mood for some fine Catalan cuisine, head out to the Embat restaurant. The food here is both classic and traditional and the interior can be best described as modern but minimalist. This amazing restaurant in Barcelona is usually packed with locals and the food is reasonably priced.

Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta Beach is definitely the most crowded beach in the city. It’s a popular place to try some fresh seafood, as there are dozens of cool beach bars that serve delicious food. In case you are looking for a beach with plenty of opportunity for watersports, kite-surfing and windsurfing are the most popular options here at Barceloneta Beach. Tourists love this beach because it is close to some of the main sightseeing attractions in Barcelona.

Scuba diving

A yacht charter allows access to remote places around the city and there are a number of great scuba diving destinations along the way. Some of the most popular sites include the hidden wrecks in L’Escala and shipwrecks in Palamos. Scuba diving is also one of the best ways to explore the underwater marine life here in Barcelona. If you are staying in the city, there are numerous dive shops that offer scuba diving lessons and equipment. The good news is that most of these places offer scuba diving lessons for both beginners and advanced scuba divers.

Marbella Beach

Marbella Beach is an ideal destination if you are sailing in the Mediterranean with a luxury yacht charter. This nudist-friendly beach is located within walking distance from the center of Barcelona and offers a relaxing getaway from the crowded beaches in the heart of the city. There are dozens of great bars, as well as opportunities for watersports including kayaking and windsurfing.

Kayaking

There are plenty of opportunities for kayaking in Barcelona, as this is one of the most popular water sports here. Some tours include visits to the dark caves in the north of Barcelona along the coast of Costa Brava. A number of local companies offer kayaking excursions. In some of these excursions, you will have a chance to enter caves so dark, that you’ll probably need a lantern to navigate.

Cotton House Hotel

Situated inside a 19th-century building, the Cotton House Hotel is an ideal place to spend your holidays in Barcelona. This amazing hotel was renovated in 2015, but still has its original parquet ceilings and marble staircase. All rooms come with reliable Wi-Fi, coffee makers, and flat-screen TV’s, while upgraded suites are fitted with canopy beds, colorful frescoes on the ceiling, and spacious balconies that offer views of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes. The on-site restaurant offers delicious traditional and International dishes, as well as award-winning cocktails and innovative tapas.

Flyboarding

Vacationers who after an adrenaline rush should totally try flyboarding. This great water sport enables you to fly a few feet over the water while you are being propelled by a motorized vehicle. There are many flyboarding companies in the city that offer these sessions for small groups. Don’t worry if it’s your first time flyboarding, as most people learn the basics of this sport quite fast. Before you know it, you will be doing tricks like flips and jumps.

Sailing Boat Trip

Sailing on a chartered yacht is one of the best ways to explore the whole area around the city of Barcelona. You can either rent a bareboat charter that comes without a crew or you can take a chartered yacht and don’t have to worry about steering the wheel. What’s great about a sailing boat trip around Barcelona is that there are dozens of companies in and around the city that offer boat rentals.

Boo

If you are looking to get away from large crowds of tourists on Barceloneta Beach and have a perfect beach vacation, head out to the pier that is perched over the lovely New Mar Bella beach to find the cozy Boo beach bar. This place boasts a restaurant and a beach club that is located downstairs. Both venues have a great selection of fish and fresh seafood specialties including large prawns, sea urchins, and oysters. All of the dishes are prepared on the outdoor grill.

Nømad Coffee

An internationally known roaster, Nømad has three locations across Barcelona and offers everything from coffee-lemonade combos and cold brews to Guatemalan espressos. The baristas are friendly and knowledgeable, while the service is quite fast. Besides great coffee, Nømad also has a simple food menu.

Macarena Club

Located in the backstreets of the Gothic Quarter, Macarena Club is one of the most popular house and electro music nightclubs in the city. Although it has the smallest guest capacities in Barcelona, Macarena Club throws unforgettable parties where both locals and tourist have a chance to show their moves on the dance floor.

Onna Coffee

One of the most popular coffee spots in the city, Onna Coffee is run by Annahí Páez who is originally from Costa Rica and comes from a family of coffee growers. The friendly waiters suggest different ways to infuse your brew and also prepare cold brews and flat whites. In case you get hungry, Onna Coffee serves delicious pastrami sandwiches and homemade desserts.

Satan’s Coffee Corner

Located in the gothic district of Barcelona, Satan’s Coffee Corner is a well-known coffee destination that attracts both locals and tourists on a beach vacation. Fresh coffee is served from the amazing Slayer espresso machine, while doughnuts and Japanese breakfast can be found on the menu. Satan’s Coffee Corner has a couple of rules: no special milk, no Wi-Fi, no syrup, and most importantly, no decaf!

Cafés el Magnífico

Whether you are staying in a hotel or cruising in the Mediterranean with a megayacht rental, Cafés el Magnífico is one of the must-visit coffee destinations in the city. Thanks to its central location, this popular café has an excellent selection of coffees from all around the world. The knowledgeable staff can be easily mistaken for scientists and they are always more than happy to advise you on each of the coffees they serve. Keep in mind that you will probably need to wait in line to sit inside, as this is one of the most popular coffee spots in Barcelona.

La Guingeta de la Barceloneta

One of the most popular chefs in Barcelona, Carles Abellan is the person behind the La Guingeta de la Barceloneta chiringuito. This seasonal beach bar serves delicious tapas and has an extensive cocktail list. Designer sandwiches and potatoes with spicy sauce are worth ordering, while the ice cream is also tasty and flavorful. If you are looking for a relaxed venue on Barceloneta beach, La Guingeta de la Barceloneta is definitely a place worth visiting.

Vai Moana

Located on Bogatell beach, Vai Moana is one of the most popular beach bars in this part of the city. Expect to find a nice selection of cocktails including Mai Tai and cosmopolitan, as well as a seasonal menu with favorites such as shrimp cocktail, platter with cockles, patatas bravas, and grilled fish of the day. The service is friendly and the beachfront location offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Yoga Weeks

A unique retreat space, Yoga Weeks offers a number of classes and workshops, as well as a carefully-designed cleansing routine that will help you get rid of all the toxins inside you. Their detox program is one of the most popular yoga programs in the city. The brain behind the Yoga Weeks is a native of Barcelona, Ana Puig. She and her friend Arlette Amouyan always had a passion for yoga and loved living the healthy life, so they chose one of the most beautiful buildings close to La Rambla and decided to open a yoga retreat. Guests usually wake up early in the morning for an hour of asanas in the yoga shala. Later, all of them sit together to have vegan brunch which is both healthy and delicious. Think sautéed greens and lentil dahl. There is also the evening yoga class that is followed by a tasty vegan dinner.

Jamboree

One of the oldest nightclubs in the city, Jamboree is probably the best R&B and hip-hop club in Barcelona. Flavio Rodriguez is in charge of playing music on Thursdays, while weekends are reserved for DJ Yoda who plays killer hip-hop tunes.

Xiringuito Bambú

Offering easy access to boat rentals, Bambú beach bar is nestled on Llevant Beach and just a short walk from the Forum. Summer classics like hamburgers, salads, olives, and prawn skewers can be found on the menu, as well as a nice selection of cocktails. Make sure to try their delicious tomato and ham sandwiches.

Museum of Ideas and Innovation

One of the newly opened museums in Barcelona, Museum of Ideas and Innovation is astonishing in every way. It’s divided into five different collections including an area for entertaining inventions. Make sure to check out the Limitless Society collections, as well as the amazing Reflectionarium. The best part of the Museum of Ideas and Innovation is the kid’s zone where children can submit their own inventions and designs.

Cal Pau Cruset

Cal Pau Cruset is situated in a picturesque Catalan farmhouse that is surrounded by palm trees and vineyards of Alt Penedes. The house is over 150 years old and features dozens of antiques and art. There is a spacious room for yoga practice that is also known as the Alaya which translates to “home”. This room boasts wooden floors and there is plenty of sunshine coming from the large windows. Here travelers can enjoy amazing views of the region while practicing yoga. This space is created in a way to relax the body and the mind and is seriously equipped with all the needed accessories like blankets, pillows, great sound system, and of course with a couple of mats. Besides indoor practices, Cal Pau Cruset encourages their guests to practice classes on tops of the mountains in the region, on the beaches of Catalonia, and at nearby lakes and waterfalls.

Opium Mar

One of the largest beach clubs in the city, Opium Mar is located on the seafront next to the famous Port Olympic complex. This massive hangout features a big nightclub, bar, and a restaurant that serves delicious food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on their open air white-washed terrace. Opium Mar’s exciting atmosphere and performances from major artists attract thousands of visitors each day.

The Horta Labyrinth

If you wish to lose yourself in a labyrinth like the ones you have seen in the movies, check out the Horta Labyrinth in Barcelona. The construction of this 820-yard long labyrinth was ordered by Marquis Joan Antoni Desvalls of d’Ardena in the 18th century. Keep in mind that only 750 visitors are allowed to enter the labyrinth daily and the tickets cost around $3 per person.

Carpe Diem Lounge Bar

Conveniently located on the Port Olympic strip, Carpe Diem Lounge Bar is a swanky beach club with an oriental décor. Guests can unwind with a refreshing drink on the beach or have lunch at the Carpe Diem restaurant. In case you are planning to go out in the evening, Carpe Diem Loung Bar by transforms into one of the most popular nightclubs in the city. Expect to hear electro, house, and R&B tunes, as well as performances from local talents and upcoming artists.

Biblioteca Pública Arús

One of the oldest public libraries in the city, Biblioteca Pública Arús is definitely one of the best-hidden gems in Barcelona. The rooms here are lined top to bottom with thousands of books and the library even has a small Statue of Liberty.

Marinas in Barcelona

You can charter a boat at one of the 4 marinas in the city. Marina Port Vell and Reial Club Maritim de Barcelona are located close to the city center, while Port Olympic was originally built for the sailing competitions back in 1992. There is also the Port Forum. Marina Port Vell has quite an impressive public space with plenty of leisure, sport, and cultural activities. Port Vell is also a home to a giant aquarium, as well as to numerous seafood restaurants, Imax, Maritime Museum, and Museum of History of Catalonia.

CatWalk

No beach vacation with a boat rental in Spain is complete without a visit to the popular CatWalk beach club. With a capacity of 1,000 people, this amazing place boasts neon designs and three different rooms for hip-hop, house, and techno music. In case you wish to chill, there is a terrace on the top floor that offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. World-famous DJ’s like Eric Morilo and Roger Sanchez perform here at the Barcelona’s CatWalk on a regular basis.

Set Portes

Located close to the port, Set Portes is an elegant seafood restaurant that features several small dining rooms with dim lighting and a cozy atmosphere. One of the signature dishes is definitely the popular casserole with lobster. The waiters are friendly and the service is fast.

Purobeach Barcelona

If your idea of a perfect vacation in Barcelona includes relaxing treatments in the spa and spending the whole day by the pool, head out to the popular Purobeach Barcelona beach club. There is a restaurant on the premises that serves delicious local and International foods. Purobeach Barcelona beach club was voted as one of the best beach clubs in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. Don’t forget to visit their night parties with resident DJ performances.

Bardot

Take a break from your sailing vacation and visit one of the coolest restaurants in Barcelona, the magnificent Bardot. This French-inspired bistro offers Mediterranean specialties, but also includes authentic Catalan dishes like huevos estrellados con jamón (local recipe for fried eggs). International classics like fillet steak and hamburger can be also found on the menu. If the weather is nice, reserve a table on their lovely terrace.

Razzmatazz

The dancing mecca of Barcelona, Razzmatazz consists of five venues and is probably the best place in town to hear some electro, techno, and dub step beats. The Pop Bar is reserved for guests who like old-school rap, while the Loft focuses on playing dub step and techno music. In case you wish to hear some nu-disco and electro-pop tunes while visiting Barcelona as a part of your yacht charter adventure, head out to Lolita. The main dance floor at Razzmatazz is located inside the Rex Club where bands and artists like Passion Pit and Arctic Monkeys perform.

Carmel Bunkers

Take a break from your beach vacation in Barcelona and head out to Carmel Bunkers for amazing views of the city. These former wartime bunkers are located on the foothills that surround the city and are an ideal place to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city center.

La Terrrazza

La Terrazza is a rooftop nightclub that focuses mostly on house and techno music. It is situated inside an architectural museum Poble Espanyon and is one of the main venues for the popular Sonár electronic music festival. This nightclub is open throughout the summer season and attracts large crowds of both tourists and locals.

L'Aquàrium

Home to over 11,000 animals with 450 species, Barcelona’s Aquarium is the largest Mediterranean-themed marine attraction. Families with children on a sailing vacation can check out the 80 meter-long underwater tunnel with rays and sharks or admire fish of all shapes and colors. Activities such as spending the night in the tunnel and swimming with sharks are available here at the Aquarium.

Vilanova Grand Marina

With 49 spacious moorings which range from 25 to 80 meters, Vilanova Grand Marina is specifically designed to accommodate superyachts. It is conveniently located in the port of Vilanova, which is a protected harbor that allows easy access to the clean waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Barcelona is just a 30-minute drive away. Vilanova Grand Marina also offers a specialist repair area for superyachts, as well as technical services. Some of the main facilities at the marina include Wi-Fi, cable TV, and electricity. Travelers who are planning to visit places like Ibiza and Mallorca with their mega yacht rentals will be happy to hear that Vilanova Grand Marina is perfectly situated for heading to these destinations.

Remains of the Temple of Augusto

Gothic Quarter with its cobbled alleyways and stunning architecture has definitely a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing. There is a little corner that many people don’t know about, a medieval patio at Calle Paradis 10. Inside the ancient patio, visitors will see four columns which used to form a part of the famous Temple of Agusto. These columns are over 2,000 years old and definitely worth checking out.

Hotel Arts Barcelona

Hotel Arts Barcelona is a Ritz-Carlton property located close to Port Olimpic and La Barceloneta. Expect to find top class amenities including a swimming pool, spa, and concierge services. Rooms and suites boast contemporary interiors and come with free Wi-Fi and spacious bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers. Travelers can unwind with a refreshing drink at the hotel’s club lounge or visit one of the 6 restaurants and bars. Hotel Arts Barcelona is also home to the famous Michelin-starred Enoteca Paco Pérez restaurant that specializes in Mediterranean cuisine.

Hotel Claris

Hop off your yacht rental and book a room in one of the swankiest hotels in Barcelona, Hotel Claris. Once you enter the lobby, you will see leather furnishings and marble columns. This hotel also offers a couple of rooftop spaces including a fitness center, swimming pool, restaurant, and bar. There is an extensive art collection in some of the rooms where guests can find works from Turkish kilims to Roman mosaics. Besides art collections, rooms come with plenty of modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV’s.

Zoo de Barcelona

Zoo de Barcelona is an ideal place to go if you are visiting the city with children. Expect to see a variety of animals including elephants, giraffes, tigers, lions, sea lions, ponies, rhinos and hippos. There are several kid-friendly features like pony rides, farmyard zoo, two nice playgrounds, and picnic areas. If you get tired of watching, you can always jump on the popular zoo train.

Hotel Neri

For the ultimate beach vacation in Barcelona, book a room at the popular Hotel Neri. This historic hotel that once used to be a medieval palace is located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona and offers 22 rooms. Each unit comes with wooden floors, Bluetooth speakers, complimentary Wi-Fi, and bedside tables. If you are into people watching, make sure to reserve one of the rooms that are facing the plaza. Hotel Neri is also close to a number of great attractions in Barcelona including the Boqueria food market and the Picasso Museum.

Marina Port Forum

An extensive marina in the Avenida Diagonal area of Barcelona, Marina Port Forum features two main areas including the outer dock with 31 berths that can accommodate boats of up to 80 meters and the inner dock that has 170 berths designed for boats of 10 to 25 meters. Both berths offer dozens of facilities including Wi-Fi, television with 130 channels, telephone line, and electricity. The technical area at the Marina Port Forum boasts a 150 travel-lift and offers maintenance, repairs for boats, and transport. Cloakrooms and showers can be found in the harbors master’s office.

La Boqueria

The oldest and the most popular market in Barcelona, La Boqueria is a place where you will find everything from fruits and sweets to fresh fish and meat. There are even dozens of stalls that sell snacks and refreshing drinks. It's the largest food market in the city where many of the famous chefs from the city come to purchase the best produce. To avoid large crowds of visitors, make sure to arrive early in the morning. Travelers will find practically everything here, from cheese and olive oil to fresh produce, seafood, and meat. In case you get hungry, there are a couple of cool tapas bars at the La Boqueria Market. The market is open from Monday to Saturday.

Fira De Santa Llucia

Over 200 years old, Fira De Santa Llucia is all about Christmas traditions. It boasts 287 stands selling everything from Christmas tree decorations to traditional logs, candies, and chocolate. Instead of hot dogs, expect to find a variety of artisan products and hand-made Spanish decorations.

Marina Port Vell

Located just a short walk from Las Ramblas, Marina Port Vell is one of the most popular marinas in the city with world-class facilities including a 400-tonne dry dock, electricity, Wi-Fi, and 24-hour security. This amazing marina can cater for boats up to 180 meters, so it’s no wonder that it is a popular choice amongst many superyacht owners. Marina Port Vell is also close to dozens of restaurants, shops, and the lovely Gothic Quarter. If you are planning to explore the Mediterranean coast with a bareboat charter and wish to make a stop in Barcelona, Marina Port Vell is the ideal place to leave your vessel.

Mercat de la Concepcio

Located just a short walk from Sagrada Familia, Mercat de la Concepcio is one of the oldest markets in the center of Barcelona. Expect to find a variety of vegetables and fruits, as well as a beautiful array of flowers, baked goods, and wines. If you exploring the Spanish coastline with a boat rental, Mercat de la Concepcio is a place where you get fresh fish. One of the best things about this market is that you can pay with credit cards.

Santa Caterina

The first covered market in the city, Santa Caterina is located in the heart of the historic center in Barcelona and features dozens of butcher-shops and several bakeries. There are also a couple of restaurants that offer a nice selection of tapas. Santa Caterina is an ideal market for travelers who wish to buy fresh fish and meats.

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