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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 |

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

€600 |

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 |

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 |

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

From €940 |

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

From €600 |

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.

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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

Incredible, Holiday Highlight

2:00 start time. Even though the sky was cloudy, we had the time of our lives. The sea was warm when we got in, Dave was lovely, the boat was charming and brilliant. Whether you think you are into sailing or not, give it a go, you will LOVE it! Kids and adults alike had a truly amazing time aboard this beautiful ship with it's fabulous skipper.
Rhiannon M | Leicester, United Kingdom | 30 August 2015

True sailing on the Med.

If you've been rum punch sunset cruising in Hawaii or Key West, think about this sail differently. This is an earthy, jump on a cool wooden boat and get ready to just have a sail type of experience. You bring your own food and beverages so nothing fancy there. There is no music unless you bring your own -- so prepare for the sound of the wind and the waves. If the wind is high, don't expect to be strolling on the boat - but rather holding a rail without letting go and enjoying a bit of adventure. Hit the restroom first and if you are the seasick type and the wind is up take some dramamine first as it really is a sailboat not a party boat! Dave was a solid captain who knew his stuff, but not there to give you a tour - just there to sail the boat. I really appreciated his clear communication about what to expect as well as flexibility with us with a last minute member cancelling due to illness.
Laura S | | 29 March 2018

Amazing afternoon

My sister and I spent an afternoon on Dave's boat and it was one of the best things we did on our trip. The views are amazing, the boat is beautiful and Dave is a great captain. The views from the ocean are incredible and really lets you see Barcelona from another perspective. We were able to bring lunch and cava and just lay in the quiet sun for a few hours. We were originally scheduled for a Monday but the weather was bad so Dave was very accommodating in rescheduling with us. Would definitely recommend!
avs1029 | New York City, New York | 15 July 2014

Beautiful memory from Barcelona

This was my first time sailing and I really had a nice and relaxing experience. The boat is beautiful, Mr. Dave was a good host and I truly enjoyed it. Would recommend this trip to anyone who want to escape the city for a while and just relax. I would definitely do this again. Really great memory from Barcelona!
Aida S | | 22 May 2018

Fantastic Experience

Highly recommended for a group of friends/family. 3 hours was a perfect amount of time to cruise the harbour and the captain really gave us space so it felt like our own boat. Much preferred to the large catamaran tours with 50+ people
mitchpittaway | Toronto, Canada | 18 July 2019

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

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