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Barcelona is one of the prime European cities for yacht-lovers. Blessed with year-round sunshine, a temperate ocean climate, and all the modern conveniences, hiring a yacht with friends and family could not be easier.

Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or birthday, an engagement party or just a romantic weekend away, a luxury yacht is the perfect way to soak up the atmosphere of a vibrant cosmopolitan city in a unique way. Falling asleep under the stars to the sound of gentle waves, and waking up to clear crisp morning – life can not get any better.

From Port Vila Olimpica, to the Costa Brava coast and further south in Tarragona, the range of yachts and packages available will be sure to suit any occasion.

One-day sailing trips to El Masnou north of Barcelona, or Sitges to the south; week-long rentals to the Balearic Islands, trips to Ibiza – whatever takes your fancy. With the range of sailing boats, motor yachts and catamarans, the only issue is deciding.

El Masnou, only a 20 minute drive from Barcelona at the Costa del Maresme, boasts the Playa del Masnou and the broader and longer Ocata beach where you can sunbathe, drink a beer and relax with friends and family. At the marina, restaurants cater for every taste, so take advantage of the excellent menus on offer.

Mallorca is a magical destination, with a rich history and culture, and idyllic landscapes. It takes approximately 4-8 hours from Barcelona to Palma, Mallorca, depending on the yachting vessel you choose. It’s possible to do a long weekend here, but 4-5 days is recommended to really appreciate the island’s beauty and culture. Situated in the Balearic Islands, it offers beaches, resorts, and nightlife par excellence. Watch for dolphins, fish, or dive in yourself. Take a walk in the Parc Natural de s’Albufera where birdlife is abundant. Don’t miss seeing the La Seu Cathedral, an awesome Gothic remnant of the Roman empire that took 600 years to finish, whose interior was redesigned by Gaudi, and the Bellver Castle is the perfect place to view the sunset after dinner.

Or simply enjoy a 3-hour sunset cruise on the open water where you can enjoy spectacular views of Barcelona’s skyline as dusk settles. Take a dip in jade-green water and sunbathe back on the boat, taking advantage of the relaxed vibe of the Iberian peninsula. Food, drinks and snacks are able to taken on board, or full three-course dinners can be arranged.

Apart from cruising in the warm Mediterranean waters, several other activities such as jet-skiing, paddle-boarding, kite surfing and kayaking are a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the coast. Several operators offer great deals for groups and families. If you don’t want to miss out on what the rest of Barcelona has to offer, there are a plethora of walking or cycling tours where you can learn more about the history, culture and food of the region. Alternatively, a visit to a wine tour for oenophiles could do the trick, and several vineyards welcome tourists to show the secrets of how the local cavas and reds are made, and should be enjoyed the Spanish way.