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Escape the heat in Barcelona


25 Jun 2019 | Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Summer was slow to start this year but now that it's properly here, boy, is it hot!

What the locals do

The locals have one strategy to beat the heat - they head for the hills! Every August, the city goes quiet. It may be the height of the tourist season, but any local who can - and many do - leaves town. For the whole month. It's quite a phenomenon. Weekday traffic levels drop to the same as a typical Sunday. In this town, that means very little traffic.

This year it looks like August is a month too late. It's not even July and the heatwave has started!

Vall de Nuria

Vall de Nuria in the Catalan Pyrenees. This is the type of place most locals escape to in the summer.

Get into the sea

Out on the open sea we always have a cooling sea breeze, and we escape the heat reflected from the buildings and all the people on the streets. So many people. Such narrow streets.

But one thing I don't get to experience as often as I'd like is jumping off the boat into the salty Mediterranean. I think when I have guests on board, it's not really a good idea for the captain to jump off the boat. But don't worry about my welfare. On my days off, I go for a sail - and a swim!

Swimming in the Mediterranean

Cooling off in the hottest part of the day

Remember it forever

Whether we can swim or not depends, of course, on the weather. But this is Barcelona. The weather is usually perfect. If your kids want to experience the thrill of swimming in the unfathomably deep sea, miles and miles from the shore, then let's do it. With lifejackets and tethered liferings (and a parent in the water at the same time), there's no reason why you and your kids shouldn't take the plunge. They'll remember it forever - this is not swimming at the local municipal pool!

A swim in the Med will never be forgotten!

They will remember this forever

Cool off

Every year, it takes a surprisingly long time for the sea to warm up enough for most of us to take the plunge. But by mid-June, it's getting pretty comfortable. And during a heatwave, a dip in the sea is ecstasy!

Jump in!

Too hot in Barcelona? Imagine the splash!

A touch of romance

Have you ever swum in the Mediterranean at sunset? This is what bucket lists were invented for. I'm not going to say anything more. This is your story. I'll take you there. You take the leap.

Sunset swim in the Med

Could this be the best thing anyone ever did in Barcelona?

What our customers say

Over 250 ★★★★★ reviews

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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

Highlight of the trip!

This was a great boat and captain. We stopped and went swimming in the blue Mediterranean. Very relaxing. Had great views of coastal Barcelona. Captain Dave was knowledgeable about the city and sailing. Great experience!
Beth P | New Orleans, Louisiana, United States | 19 June 2018

Great captain, great boat!

The boat Gemini is gorgeous and well-maintained by its captain, who is a knowledgeable seaman and all around fun guy. We went out for a relaxing day tooling around and enjoyed some snacks, cava, and conversation while just relaxing with great views and a peaceful breeze blowing us along. Dave can educate you on the finer points of sailing or just be a good companion while you're out for the day. I drop him a line every time I'm passing through Barcelona to go for a sail.
Nicholas M | New York City, New York | 28 February 2013

Great wind, great sail!

Our sail with Dave on the Gemini was fantastic. Dave was quick to get us information on booking and how to locate the boat. He was ready for departure as soon as we arrived. Gemini is a classic old wooden boat that is very stable and takes the water beautifully. Our weather was perfect with lots of wind which made for a great sail. Dave stopped so we could jump in the ocean for a swim. It was a great afternoon and we highly recommend this boat. Dave was a pleasant host and let my husband and daughter help sail. It was super easy to get to using the metro.
sdeboon | Red Deer, Canada | 6 July 2018

Highlight of our honeymoon!

My wife and I had a lovely evening sailing with Dave. He was very accommodating and friendly. The boat itself is very charming and easy to find in Port Olimpic. The views of the Barcelona shore are unreal at dusk. Make sure you bring some food and drink for your trip. Dave even let us swim out in the open ocean as the sun set over the city. If you plan on making it out to Barcelona, do not skip this opportunity. I can't say enough about how amazing this experience was. Thank you Dave!
830drews | Mansfield, Massachusetts | 14 September 2013

Best thing we've done in Barcelona

This sailing trip was one of the best things we have ever done in Barcelona and we’ve been to Barcelona many times and seen most of what it has to offer. Dave was absolutely brilliant and made the whole experience from the initial booking through to disembarking back at the harbour totally seamless and a great experience. Dave replies to emails straight away, he was very accommodating, he even agreed to move our trip to another day due to the weather, he didn’t mind if we brought along our own food and drink, he was even prepared to pull up and let us go for a swim, but we chickened out of that because the water was so cold..
alexjwood | Birmingham, UK | 28 May 2014

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