Barcelona is the capital and the most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid. It is the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Ruhr area, Madrid and Milan.
Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs and is bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge. Barcelona is recognised as a Global City due to its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism.
Barcelona is today an important cultural centre, a major tourist destination and has a rich cultural heritage. The city is well known in recent times for the 1992 Summer Olympics. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean are located in Barcelona.
Barcelona has developed into one of Europe’s leading ports for those people looking to charter yachts and explore the Mediterranean coastline.
All types of yacht charter can now be readily found in Barcelona; bareboat charters to crewed yachts or from luxury yachts to small flotillas sailing. Whatever your yachting requirements, there will be something in Barcelona to fulfil your needs.
Port Olympic is the stylish marina that is at the centre of Barcelona’s yachting activity. With its impressive giant bronze whale greeting you as you enter the port and sitting elegantly under the twin skyscrapers of the Hotel Arts Barcelona and the Mapfre Tower, the 740 berth marina is a fabulous place to begin your yacht charter vacation.
Some charter companies organise week long adventures where a group of boats travel from destination to destination in a small flotilla and many give you the option of taking a one-way charter, leaving your yacht perhaps in Majorca or Valencia.
Beginning a charter in Barcelona not only gives you the opportunity of exploring the city itself but it is an ideal port from which to explore the north Mediterranean coast.
A charter across to the Balearic Islands is also an enticing prospect for many people.
Barceloneta is the first of the Barcelona beaches and can therefore get quite busy during the summer months. There are 4.2 km of golden sandy beaches which are only 10 mins from the city.