Barcelona
Boat Tours & River Cruises

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5 things to experience on a Barcelona cruise

Located on the Mediterranean coastline between the mouths of two rivers, Barcelona is well placed for shore excursions. Here are five of the best ways to take a break from the bustle of city-life.

  • Ancient ruins

    1. Ancient ruins

    The Costa Brava is littered with Greek and Roman ruins, but if seeing them is a priority then set sail to Empúries. The town was abandoned long ago for being too easy to invade!

  • Scenic cliffs

    2. Scenic cliffs

    Only accessible by boat, the spectacular cliffs of Sierra de Montgrí are among Costa Brava's most well-preserved natural heritage sites.

  • Rocky islands

    3. Rocky islands

    Head to the Medes Archipelago marine reserve to see the old lighthouse and fort ruins among its dramatic scenery. Oh, and you'll probably spot some colorful sealife too!

  • Views of the city

    4. Views of the city

    Why not see Barcelona's skyline in all its glory? Simply join a boat tour from the harbor to see the coastal landmarks of the city against the backdrop of its famous hills.

  • Sunset

    5. Sunset

    If it's romance you're after, then we'd recommend booking a classic yacht to take you and that special someone out in the early evening to watch the sun set over the city.

Planning Your Visit

  • What to pack?

    Remember that sailing in the Mediterranean means you'll be exposed to the elements, so bring plenty of sunscreen as well as a hat and umbrella. Check if your Barcelona tour boat operator is providing food and beverages on your cruise. Even if they are, it's best to bring extra bottled water and snacks just in case.

  • What about a river cruise?

    Though Barcelona might be sandwiched between rivers, its embankments aren't as rich with the historic and architectural eye-candy you'd expect in London, Paris, or Madrid, for instance. If you're set on taking to the water, then we can't recommend the sea enough!

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What people are saying about Barcelona

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,402 reviews

Although we made the reservation the same day in the morning, the confirmation came quickly and in the afternoon we were already enjoying the views of Barcelona and the sea from the boat. Captain Raymond was very nice and he let us play our music and try driving the yacht. On board there were some tapas and drinks. The boat is in perfect condition. Overall - a very good option to spend an afternoon in Barcelona

Jorge was amazing!!! The entire experience from start to finish was impeccable. I will be requesting Jorge every time I come back to experience. The cava and refreshments were good too. He played good music while were out sitting on the ocean. Just a relaxing and enjoyable time. I recommend this to everyone visiting Barcelona, Jorge will take good care of you! Thanks again Jorge.

Nice relaxing boat cruise quiet not many people on board, was allowed to go on earlier than my timeslot which was good! Overall quick and efficient service

Fabio is a man. He made our day. Amazing vievs, great atmosphere. If you visit Barcelona you have to sail and dont forget about changing clothes ;)

Tot perfecte, inclús el dia ens va acompanyar. El patró del vaixell, en Marc immillorable