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The 10 Best Boat Trips and Sailing Tours in Barcelona


28 Aug 2019 | Last update: 29 Aug 2019

Curated by Skipper Dave

Gemini is a beautiful and unique boat, but even I can admit there are times when a different boat would be more suitable. For one thing, Gemini is limited to 7 passengers. And for another, she is often booked up well in advance!

On this page you will find the best sailing trips and boat tours currently available in Barcelona. These are all highly professional, independent operators, English speaking, fascinating characters, personally known and totally recommended by Skipper Dave.

But first - due diligence

This is a personal bugbear of mine. The Airbnbs, Viators, GetYourGuides and all the rest of the faceless international tour-reselling middlemen of the world do nothing to ensure the safety standards of the suppliers they market. But they do everything to imply, without ever actually stating it as fact, that they have done so. They are, well, technically I suppose, they're not lying. But the sea is a serious place if things go wrong. They are knowingly and deliberately encouraging a misapprehension. Read the small print and see if I'm wrong. Buyer beware.

I have personally ensured that every boat on this page is licensed by the Barcelona Capitania. This license, which needs to be renewed annually, is a legal requirement for any boat operating commercially in these waters. As such, you can be reassured that every skipper is professionally qualified, every boat undergoes annual safety inspections, all required safety equipment is carried on board and is in date, and every business carries appropriate insurance.

It's impossible to obtain the operating license without all of these guarantees in place. The licence ("despatxo") from the Capitania is your guarantee of an operator's professionalism, and you should not be shy to ask to see the despatxo if you want to check for yourself. The licence must be carried on the boat at all times.


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Small intimate groups - Classic Yacht Gemini

From €210 | Classic "Gemini"

Based in Port Olimpic in the centre of Barcelona, a beautiful vintage wooden yacht from 1947. 

Experience Barcelona on board a historic British yacht. Your group will be the only passengers on board. A 3 hour cruise, first 2 kids go free, good weather guaranteed!

Basic drinks are included in your trip - beer, soft drinks and water. You are very welcome to bring any extra drinks you like.

We don't supply any food or snacks, so please feel free to bring your own picnic if you wish. 

With over 200 5-star reviews, Classic Sail Barcelona offers the best private boat trips in the city.

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A luxury sailboat experience for up to 12 people

A fantastic brand new Oceanis 41. Your sail starts with a memorable tour of the Port Vell harbour in the centre of the city.

Our sailboat is a brand new Oceanis 41. Licensed for up to 12 passengers, it has a spacious and comfortable cockpit large enough for the whole group. 

The boat is based in the brand new OneOcean Marina Port Vell in Barcelona. This is the main yacht and superyacht marina in the harbour right in the centre of the city.

Your trip will start with a memorable tour of the sights of the harbour and city centre, including the superyacht marina, the fishing harbour, the striking modern architecture of the W Hotel, World Trade Centre and Maremagnum centre, then passing the ocean liner terminal, the helicopter port and the entrance to the commercial harbour with its cargo ships, before finally exiting from the harbour to reach the open sea directly in front of the city coastline. There's always a lot of maritime activity going on in this busy harbour so it's a fascinating start to the outing. 

We can offer catering on board the yacht, get in touch for details. You can also bring your own picnic.

With over 200 5-star reviews, Classic Sail Barcelona offers the best private boat trips in the city.

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Modern yachts for up to 9 passengers

From €400 | Modern sailboats

A range of modern sailboats based in Port Olimpic.

Experience Barcelona on board a beautiful modern yacht. Your group will be the only passengers on board. A 3 hour cruise, stop for a swim if you like!

Trips are available at 10h00, 14h00 and sunset each day. Use the calendar to check availability.

Our fleet consists of a range of modern 12m boats based in Port Olimpic in Barcelona, professionally maintained and licensed for charters in Barcelona. 

With over 200 5-star reviews, Classic Sail Barcelona offers the best private boat trips in the city.

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Big catamarans for big groups

€95 per person | Catamaran cruise

Modern catamarans for a luxury experience with larger groups.

For special events and larger groups, we can offer a private 3 hour cruise on one of our catamarans. For groups of 10 up to 22 people. 

You will have the boat entirely to yourselves, and you can stop for a swim.

We depart from Port Olimpic in Barcelona, which is very easy to get to and the boat is easy to find. 

We have several departures per day and in summer we operate 3 boats, but weekends especially are very popular. To check availability, please make a booking request. When we confirm availability you can then confirm your booking by paying the deposit. 

The boat has an excellent sound system so bring your MP3 players along! 

With over 200 5-star reviews, Classic Sail Barcelona offers the best private boat trips in the city.

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Get your James Bond on with this spectacular motor yacht

Get your James Bond on with this fantastic vessel! Ideal for celebrations or VIP business meetings. With a range of quality catering options, you can customize the experience to your precise requirements. 

This fantastic boat is sure to impress your guests. With a range of quality catering options available, you are sure to have a memorable event. 

An extra hour is available in the "options" if required. For even more time, just get in touch. 

We can also offer a shorter, 1 hour trip for 600 Euros. 

With over 250 5-star reviews, Classic Sail Barcelona offers the best private boat trips in the city.

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An 800 hp power cruiser thrill ride

This thrilling power cruiser offers exciting cruises along the Barcelona coastline and south to Sitges. 

 

Our Solemar power cruiser is a very exciting racing power boat. She is often chartered out to take part in races! She has 2 400hp engines so when the captain powers her up the acceleration is incredible!

This boat is based in the brand new OneOcean Marina Port Vell in Barcelona, the main yacht and superyacht marina in the harbour right in the centre of the city.

Your trip will start with a memorable tour of the sights of the harbour and city centre, including the superyacht marina, the fishing harbour, the striking modern architecture of the W Hotel, World Trade Centre and Maremagnum centre, then passing the ocean liner terminal, the helicopter port and the entrance to the commercial harbour with its cargo ships, before finally exiting from the harbour to reach the open sea directly in front of the city coastline. There's always a lot of maritime activity going on in this busy harbour so it's a fascinating start to the outing. 

Cruise extensions

Using a fast boat opens up the possibility of going further afield during a single day. As well as cruising the Barcelona coastline, we offer exciting cruise extensions down the coast to Sitges:

- 2 hour cruise of the Barcelona coastline and the extensive port area

- 4 hour cruise to Sitges coast and back, stopping off for a swim in a secluded cove

- 5 hour cruise, stopping for lunch or dinner in Sitges harbour

- 6 hour cruise, stopping first for a swim in a secluded cove, then lunch or dinner in Sitges harbour

With over 200 5-star reviews, Classic Sail Barcelona offers the best private boat trips in the city.

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Impossibly romantic sunsets at sea

From €260 | Sunset sailing

Most of our boats are available for romantic sundowners.

Experience Barcelona on board a historic British yacht. Your group will be the only passengers on board. A 3 hour cruise, first 2 kids go free, good weather guaranteed!

Basic drinks are included in your trip - beer, soft drinks and water. You are very welcome to bring any extra drinks you like.

We don't supply any food or snacks, so please feel free to bring your own picnic if you wish. 

With over 200 5-star reviews, Classic Sail Barcelona offers the best private boat trips in the city.

Book online


Adventure deep sea fishing

Man against beast, the thrill of the hunt, the roar of the engines and the fizz of cracking open another beer. When the fish hits the lure and you are physically connected through rod and reel and line to 50kg of wild, thrashing animal, everything else will disappear and you will be fully alive in the moment. This is what Hemingway was talking about!

And at the end of the day, you'll take your catch to a local beachside restaurant where they'll prepare it for you and you will taste something reserved for only the few - your very own wild-caught predator!

Email Dave to set up a day or half-day adventure deep sea fishing.


What our customers say

Over 250 ★★★★★ reviews

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence & Hall of Fame 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Super sailing trip

Sailing on Gemini out of Port Olympic is absolutely splendid. It was such a remarkable voyage that I went twice within a month’s time. Well-read and rather charismatic, Skipper Dave is a first-class fellow and very professional. He’s attentive to the needs of his passengers and very accommodating. If you wander to the back of the boat, he’s got some great stories and advice about visiting BCN. I absolutely recommend booking a voyage on Gemini with Dave. It’s a trip we’ll remember always.
Chambiges | Bloomington, Indiana | 17 July 2015

Amazing evening on a beautiful boat!

So pleased with booked with Classic Sail, Dave was a fantastic host and the Sunset Cruise was such a wonderful to spend an evening with friends. Enjoyed every minute, will definitely book again!
Elakel | | 23 May 2018

Great day's sailing!

Dave is a very friendly and accommodating skipper, with your enjoyment and safety as his top priority. We had an excellent 7 hour day sail from Port Olimpic on-board Gemini, a very nice wooden boat (one of the few traditional wooden boats in Barcelona), with her distinctive wooden mast.
mjpm24 | London | 25 August 2013

Romantic sunset sail.

I booked a sunset sail for just me and my girlfriend. It was everything I had hoped for. We took a dip in the Mediterranean and watched a beautiful sunset over the city and mountain to the west. Captain Dave was knowledgeable and put us at ease right away. He allowed us just to sit back and enjoy the trip.
Rob W | | 29 July 2015

Fun morning sail

Skippe Dave was great, and it was a fun morning sail. Gemini is full of character, and Dave was happy to tell us all about her. Definitely recommend this to others.
Bill N | Barcelona, Spain | 21 June 2015

Great boat and great skipper.

Great sail boat with an interesting history. Dave is a well-informed Scotsman who has been in Barcelona for almost a decade. He has a great website and I booked a bit in advance and he handled all my questions. We had a rare choppy sea (and some haze) so we missed the swim but the whole afternoon was relaxing.
JohnBoscoChicago_IL | Chicago, IL | 16 July 2015

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