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Escape the heat in Barcelona


25 Jun 2019 | Last update: 23 Dec 2020

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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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

Great dip in the Mediterranean

I booked this classic sailing trip with Dave for our honeymoon back in the summer 2015. I promised Dave to give him a 5-stars, comments and recommendations so here it is.
vspeang | Greater London, United Kingdom

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 |

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

Great Host, Great Boat, Great Time!

We are a family of five (Mother, Father, Son-19yrs, Son-13yrs, Son-6yrs) and chose for the morning sail with Skipper Dave. The reservation was simply done online, meet up instructions were clear and easy, and payment was as transparent and easy. We would absolutely recommend this as a great experience in Barcelona for any family. Thank you Dave!
Mike B |

Great Sunset Sail

My boyfriend and I booked a sunset sail with Dave. The Gemini was a beautiful old ship. We enjoyed a 3 hour sail around the harbor. We brought our own wine on board and relaxed with the views.
cam20152015 | Dallas, Texas

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