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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

Over 250 ★★★★★ reviews

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Highlight of our trip

We really enjoyed sailing with Dave. We spent 10 days in Barcelona and sailing was our break from sightseeing, which turned out to be the highlight of our trip. Would definitely go back. First time on the Mediterranean, it was beautiful and relaxing. Dave was a great host.
Jolynne P | | 19 June 2018

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

A wonderful evening with Captain Dave

Captain Dave and his boat Gemini were the perfect escape from the urban Barcelona. We booked an afternoon sail however he contacted us and advised we go a bit later to enjoy the sunset. It was beautiful. My love and I had the boat to ourselves and Captain Dave was a perfect balance of accommodating and knowledgeable, while at the same time leaving us to ourselves so we could soak in the experience.
braddog8 | Bozeman, Montana | 27 October 2018

Chillin on the Mediterranean Sea

It was quick and easy to book this trip. The boat was easy to find and captain Dave was the perfect host. Unobtrusively providing a wonderful outing for us and allowing for us to truely enjoy relaxing in the boat and taking in the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea. Absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend this!
Julia H | Austin | 3 August 2018

Excellent romantic excursion

My fiancée and I went on a sunset cruise with David. It was an incredible and memorable experience. David was very easy to work with and responsive beforehand, providing advice on what to bring. The actual trip was fantastic. It was a bit rocky to start, which seems to be typical during the early evening in Barcelona. We took some anti-nausea pills before heading out so we were fine, but I'd recommend this for anyone who is prone to seasickness. However about halfway through it calmed down a ton. The sunset itself was unreal. Barcelona doesn't have a great view of the sunset in the city since the sun sets over the mountains but out on the water you can see everything. The trip was so romantic and is something we are going to always remember.
Dave B | Boston | 31 July 2018

Sail Gemini!

The environment was more like a friend taking you out on a boat, rather than a cookie-cutter tour boat. Dave the skipper was an excellent guide, pointing out sights on the water and across the Barcelona cityscape, and even let a couple of us take a turn at the tiller (no scrapes, thankfully!) I recommend this to anyone who wants a REAL experience out in the waters off Barcelona.
Andrew M | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | 2 August 2014

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