BARCELONA – A WORLD CLASS DESTINATION
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting destinations, is famous for its culture, architecture, design, beaches, nightlife and, of course, cuisine.
With something for everyone, drift between the luxury retail stores along Passeig de Gràcia and the boutiques of the Born district or roam the Gaudi monuments scattered around the city. For some down time, relax at one of the terraces and watch the world go by, or discover the gastronomic delights from traditional Catalan and Spanish cuisine to modern fusion prepared by world-renowned chefs. As the sun goes down, you will find more than enough entertainment amongst Barcelona’s eclectic mix of bars and clubs in the city’s diverse neighbourhoods.
Explore Gaudí and the path of modernism
Discover the city's modernist architecture and the extraordinary work of Antoni Gaudí, from the renowned temple of Sagrada Família to the magical Park Güell on Carmel Hill.
Barcelona's most famous street is a window into Catalan culture. The broad pedestrian boulevard is 1.2 km of pure sensory overload, throughout the day and late into the night.
The Gothic Quarter
With its narrow and labyrinthine medieval streets, and situated in the Cituat Vella (Catalan for ‘the old city’), el Barrio Gótico is one of the original and most beautiful districts in Barcelona.
As the city’s classic neighbourhood by the sea, Barceloneta is all about seafood, beautiful marinas, and old fishermen's houses. And sunbathing on the beach, of course!
With the benefit of an international airport within close proximity and 320 days of sun each year, Barcelona is an appealing place to explore or relax. The sea is a major attraction and you can spend the day windsurfing, kayaking or swimming. Outside the city, stunning countryside is ideal for hiking and cycling and the Pyrenees are a short drive away for skiing. Whether you’re unwinding at a five-star spa, lazing on the beach or sprawling in a tree-lined park, Barcelona has something for everyone, every hour of the day.
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EXPLORING THE COAST
If you find yourself in the fortunate situation of being based in Barcelona for some time, there are unique destinations to visit for the day, an hour or two cruising from the marina. To the south there are the long sand dune beaches of Castelldefels, protected as a nature reserve for their fauna.
For those who want to stray further there is always the option of anchoring off Playa de las Casetas in Garraf, where one can anchor and visit the fish and seafood restaurant El Chiringuito de Garraf.
Continuing south, Sitges awaits with its old fishing village charm – and that is not the only similarity the town has with St Tropez. For a long time, the village has been a favourite hangout for celebrities, footballers and free-spirited artists, offering a range of excellent restaurants from the exclusive Fragata to the simpler Café-Bar Roy.
If you are using Barcelona as a stepping stone for travelling adventures farther away, two good options are to head across to the well-known Balearic Islands, offering an array of options stretching from the wild and bohemian party scene of Ibiza with its quiet little sister Formentera for recovering, to Mallorca with its many bays and beaches, mountains and plains and delicate mix of festive exclusivity and rustic placidity, on to serene Menorca for quieter family time and lazy days.
North along the shoreline you will pass coastal villages with their beaches and marinas, and when passing Blanes you will see the scenery change and the coast becomes more steep and rugged. This is Costa Brava, ‘the strong coast’, offering excellent cruising.
The coast offers a multitude of excuses to drop your anchor off villages such as Tossa del Mar, the medieval walled town pouring down a mountain creek, and Cadaques, summer home to Salvador Dalí, and hangout for artists from all over Europe. Between Tossa del Mar and Cadaques is a myriad small calas and sandy beaches, villages between the rocks and extending up into the hills.
Minorca, the Balearic Islands
Tossa del Mar
Barcelona airport is located 16 kilometres south of the city and is also known as Barcelona – El Prat. Barcelona can also be reached by transport links from other regional airports, including Girona, Reus and Lleida–Alguaire.
Barcelona – El Prat airport
The airport is located 16 kilometres south of the city.
Note: The terminals at Barcelona Airport are organised in terms of carriers and not according to the destination or place of origin.
Contact: Aeropuerto de Barcelona
08820 El Prat de Llobregat
El Prat de Llobregat
Tel: +34 902 404 704
Fax: +34 933 799 957 (Sala Renfe)
Girona – Costa Brava Airport
95 km from Barcelona
Airport information (Aena) Tel: +34 972 186 606
Reus – Costa Daurada Airport
108 km from Barcelona
Airport information (Aena) Tel: +34 977 779 832
170 km west from Barcelona
Airport information Tel: +34 973 032 700
BY PRIVATE JET
The Corporate Aviation Terminal is situated opposite the corporate aviation apron which has capacity for 42 places. It takes 7 minutes to get from the Terminal car park to the aircraft. Passport control and security in the same terminal, along with a VIP Lounge.
For further information please contact the management companies of the terminal:
Telephone Operations & Control Centre (OCC): +34 916 782 648
Telephones: +34 609 603 567 / + 34 932 984 735
Heliport del Port de Barcelona [LEPB]
Ml Adossat, 2, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
Latitude: 41-21-51.4792N (41.364300)
Longitude: 002-10-58.8364E (2.183010)
The heliport is located by the water, close to the show, and the journey time is approximately 5 minutes by tender.
The estimated journey time from the airport to Marina Port Vell is about 25 minutes
Barcelona is well connected and has a large amount of car parks. The motorway and road network will take you anywhere in the city by car although it's worth bearing in mind that traffic can be heavy at the main entry points of Barcelona during rush hour.