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The Catalan coastline is alive with people enjoying everything on the water; from leisure sailing, to extreme sports. You can choose from an enticing array of options to dive in amongst the waves and warm Mediterranean sea. Try a relaxing kayak into the horizon, or catch a break with a surfboard or paddleboard. Are you after a thrill and the wind in your hair with sea spray? Jetskis, motorboat rides, and yachts are just for you.

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing: At the Base Nàutica, between Bogatell and Mar Bella beaches, is a major site for wind and kitesurfers where you can experience gentle waves and a fresh breeze. If it’s more challenging breaks you’re after, it’s best to head further north to the Costa Brava. Feel the breeze and seaspray as you cut through the waves. Take a guide with you, or go solo if you want total freedom.

If you want to see the view from the air, and get an adrenaline rush, try parasailing. It’s a fun way to see the action on the beach and the water, with a fresh perspective. Sail above the crowds on the beach, see the swimmers bobbing in the ocean, with the view of Barcelona in the background. Spy the yacht harbour and casino, and relish the experience of flying without the fear of falling.

Several other watersports – sea-kayaking, jetskiing, and paddleboarding – are also available on the Costa Brava coast particularly near Empuriabrava (inbetween Figueres and Cadaques), and L’Escala. It’s also possible to head just a little outside of Barcelona to Castelldefels or Sitges where you can spend the day relaxing on the beach as well as enjoy some water action.

And if you want to go deep, exploring underneath the waters and the world of fish and coral, then check out the snorkelling and diving packages, Mataro being one of the best spots to lose yourself in the calm green Mediterranean waters. Located between Cabrera de Mar where surfers love to catch waves, and Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, it’s a mere half hour drive north-east of Barcelona. Pull on the wetsuit, flippers and mask, and wet your toes to experience the blue, fascinating world of marine life.

If you’re so keen you want to learn how to skipper your own boat or yacht, become a certified diver or an amateur at windsurfing, parasailing or surfing, there are a range of courses from a few hours to weeks with professional guides providing both the theory and practical elements.

Want to make a day of it? Jump onboard for a private day charter. Sail along the breath-taking coastline as your nearest and dearest delight in the yacht amenities and full-board hospitality. Find your perfect day charter now.