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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

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Relaxing afternoon of sailing

A relaxing way to spend an afternoon, and a great way to take in views of the city while enjoying nibbles & drinks (that we took ourselves). I recommend bringing a windbreaker.
Catherine C | | 9 April 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

Sailing in Spain, at Sunset - A Must Do

I got a hold of Dave through a friend that had sailed with him a week before and he came highly recommended. I can see why. He is truly a good soul and a gentleman and his boat speaks volumes about his charm and debonair. Gemini is a little dated but it is spacious and has a lot of character. I had a group of 6 and it fit very nicely and for its price, it's definitely as good as it gets.
Brian L T | Los Angeles, California | 7 September 2015

Different adventure on an old boat

What a nice sailing experience spending 4 hours in March on an old boat!
Sophiefrifri | Paris, France | 2 March 2014

Fantastic evening

We went on a sunset cruise with Dave (who is lovely) and had a great time. I enjoyed the sunshine and sunset while watching the coastline fade away and my boyfriend got to do some sailing, so everyone was happy!
FuzzAldrin | Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom | 22 October 2015

Great Sailing Experience in Barcelona

We booked afternoon on Capitan Dave's beautiful boat as a bithday surprise for our friend. We had a fantastic time. Very relaxing and exiting in the same time.
Piotr K | | 6 May 2015

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