It’s no secret that Barcelona has a gorgeous coastline and matching climate that enables and encourages both locals and tourists to be outside more than undercover. The culture in Spain is one of sharing, socialising and relaxing and the beaches in Barcelona, especially from March through to the end of September, are often crowded with tourists from all over the world. If you are wanting to enjoy a relaxing swim in the Mediterranean Sea while avoiding large crowds then jumping on a sailing boat or private charter is a great way to do this. I recently did such a boat charter in Barcelona with the company Charter INAD, where Capt Dani provided us with a great day out on the water. We were able to sneak away from all the crowds on the beach and saw an exclusive side to the coast of Barcelona at a budget-friendly price.
Let’s have a look at the charter options you can choose from when going on a trip with Charter INAD, as well as what you can expect from a trip with them and how you can go about booking a Barcelona charter tour for yourself.
What type of boat charters are available?
Before you dismiss a trip out on the water as just a day soaking in the sun, I wanted to bring to your attention the sort of boat charter trips that are on offer with Charter INAD. The most obvious, yet certainly not the only trip on offer, is a scenic boat cruise where you are literally sitting on the boat and admiring the coast roll by, mind you that isn’t a bad way to spend a morning or afternoon while on holidays.
Other day trips aside from a half-day sail are also possible when booking a trip with Charter INAD include a one-way trip from Barcelona to the nearby scenic town of Sitges, a diving trip, a Barcelona fishing charter, photographic specific charter, yoga and meditation boat trip, romantic sail trip that combines a delicious dinner and even the extravagant option of having family and close friends join you on board for a Barcelona wedding charter.
Selection of the best charter options in Barcelona
Let’s have a look at what some of the most popular Barcelona charter trips on offer are and what you can expect from such a day out.
One-way Barcelona to Sitges boat charter
This is a nice all-day trip that will be sure to get you in the fully relaxed mood of holidays. The day will start from Barcelona where it won’t take long from departure before you start sailing past the gorgeous coastline of Barcelona city. As you sail past there will be chances to see iconic landmarks of Barcelona including Sagrada Familia, Tibidabo Mountain and the city skyline.
During the duration of the trip, you will also pass by smaller Catalan cities known as Gavà and Castelldefels before having the chance to anchor at your own private cove and enjoy a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Once arriving in Sitges, you will fall in love with the relaxed way of life, café’s, architecture and eating options in this stunning seaside town.
When booking this option of charter you can decide to do the trip from Barcelona to Sitges, Sitges to Barcelona or even make it a return trip back to Barcelona where you will get the chance to watch the sunset while sailing back. If you decide to stay in Sitges a night or two in this beautiful town isn’t a bad option before catching the train easily back to Barcelona.
Photographic Specific Charter Capturing Barcelona Landmarks
This trip is quite a unique and interesting one for those wanting to not only see the coastline of Barcelona but also capture it and the memorable landmarks you will have the chance to witness from the sea. As the world changes and becomes more digitalised, sharing your best travel pictures to platforms like Instagram and Facebook take over. Why not get the best possible pictures and some lifelong tips on how to capture stunning images on your photography devices by a professional photographer?
This trip is available as you please and can allow you to head out to witness the sun rising from the Mediterranean Sea in the morning, during the day or even to watch as the skyline lights up a bright combination of reds, oranges and yellows of an evening as the sun sets for another day behind the nearby Barcelona mountain range.
All trips will include a minimum two hours on the water, the charter being operated by a professional Capt and the opportunity to pick the brains of a professional photographer who will share all their knowledge on the best settings and techniques to use to capture photos you will want everyone to see.
Fishing Charter in Barcelona
Many tourists, including myself, have no idea about the potential fishing opportunities on offer in the sleepy sea of the Mediterranean. I think it is because when the weather is at it’s best the water looks more like a bath than a large body of water. Underneath the calming water surface though is an abundant water life with exciting fish species any fishermen would be happy to catch.
The fish species that are possible to catch vary slightly on the time of year you take a trip but they include tuna, dorado, bluefish, dentex and more. You can also target these fish in a variety of exciting fishing techniques that include bottom fishing, jigging, trolling and spin fishing. These fishing techniques are proven to get results in the waters around Barcelona.
Far from just offering a fishing charter and that’s it though, the crew running Charter INAD are always looking to go the extra mile for their valued customers. Instead of just having a fishing charter that operates the same as everyone else why not combine it with a complete local gastronomic experience. Either request a local restaurant cook up your daily catch when you arrive back to the port of Barcelona or better still, have a professional chef join you on your trip where they will specially prepare the fish you catch along with 5 popular local starting dishes.
All of these charters can be booked with a large group, as an individual or for a romantic couples outing. Just contact Charter INAD and discuss your booking needs.
Best time to go on a boat charter in Barcelona
With Barcelona offering a lengthy summer season compared to some of the northern countries of Europe the chance to enjoy any of the boat trips mentioned above is profoundly longer. As briefly discussed above, the tourist season almost runs year-round in Barcelona such is the popularity of the city. Certainly, the best months to visit while combining a boat charter are between March and September.
It’s obvious that the best time to go on a boat charter in Barcelona combines with the better weather of the year. The wind and rain can mean that trips during the months of November to February are less common but not impossible to organise.
If travelling in summer, then this will be an absolutely perfect time to combine your boat trip with a gorgeous sunrise/sunset and swim in the Mediterranean Sea. It will also offer you a day away from the crowded tourist streets and beaches of Barcelona to ensure you have a chance to completely relax.
My trip onboard Charter INAD
During my trip on Charter INAD, I got to experience a combination of cruising the Barcelona coastline, enjoying a prepared snack and coffee on the sun lounges at the front of the boat, trying some fishing in the Mediterranean Sea using the trolling fishing technique (which unfortunately didn’t result in a fish) and having the professional photographer on board taking both personal and professional pictures and sharing some of her extensive knowledge with us.
In the afternoon I departed at Sitges and had the day eating, drinking and exploring this relaxed and beautiful town.
I found the staff on board that include Capt Dani, the photographer Alicia and fellow captain Lety to be friendly, polite and easy to get along with. We had the chance to explore the whole boat, relax at our own leisure and also be informed of some interesting local facts of the city of Barcelona, photography techniques and also the Barcelona fishing on offer.
The boat was a stunningly restored wooden vessel that oozes charm and luxury without the overcharged prices some might expect with a trip of this standard. I even had the chance to learn how to drive the boat and found myself steering the vessel for parts of the trip along with my partner.
Other things to do in Barcelona
With such a high rate of tourists visiting Barcelona each and every year the things to do for tourists throughout the city are almost endless. The obvious things to do in Barcelona aside from a Barcelona charter boat trip include visiting iconic destinations such as Sagrada Familia, Tibidabo Mountain, Park Güell, Montjuïc and the Cathedral of Barcelona.
If you are travelling on a budget, then there are also plenty of free activities to do in Barcelona and you can find a list of the best I have found while living in the city. Search the free activities in Barcelona list and see if any appeal to you or opt to search through other Barcelona activity lists I have created including 101 things to do in Barcelona.
Obviously, with such gorgeous weather being present throughout so much of the year in Barcelona there are also numerous other water activities to do in Barcelona aside from a charter boat trip. The best Barcelona water activities are listed in a separate blog post here and can be a good option whether you are travelling solo or in a group. All of these lists share exciting things to do in Barcelona that I discovered while living in the city for over 2 years.
For a complete and comprehensive travel guide to all things Barcelona including best times to visit, where to eat the best tapas, things to do in the city, how to get from the airport to the city at the best price and much more head over to my Barcelona Travel Guide and start planning your trip.
Travel budget tips
Either booking a new travel holiday right from the start or while on such a holiday can be expensive. Things like flights, accommodation, meals, transport and tours can add up fast and put a strain on what should be a fun time. These budget travel tips will assist with booking a holiday at the best price or staying on budget while travelling.
Other useful companies I use in Europe:
GetYourGuide – A company that offers a selection of popular tours for almost every destination you are likely to visit.
Viator – Viator also offers a range of tours and private excursions you can do in popular destinations. Always good to compare prices between companies.
FishingBooker – If you enjoy a fishing trip then Europe has plenty of exciting destinations to choose from. FishingBooker is a website that lists the best local charters in different locations around the world
Ebates – This is a great tool to use when booking almost anything online. You will automatically get a percentage of your paid price credited back to you after you complete your tour, accommodation stay or flight. Find out more about Ebates here
Booking.com – One of the companies I use the most when I’m travelling. It allows me to search for good accommodation and see pictures, and fellow travellers reviews of the hotel. Always offers great prices as well.
HostelWorld – If I’m not looking for a hostel then I always book through HostelWorld
Europe on a shoestring by the Lonely Planet – The travel bible as it becomes known to me during my travels around Europe. Shares plenty of information and provides a great source of knowledge. An easy to read book, which features attractions, accommodation travel advice for different parts of Europe.
World Nomads Insurance – If you are travelling for an extended period or almost any period in general then it is always best to have reliable travel insurance. Unfortunately you just never know when your travels will need to be altered or someone decides they like your belongings more than you.
Organise Your Trip: Travel Advice and Tricks I Personally Use
Book Your Flight
Heading to either Skyscanner or Momondo are my methods of choice for this. They are my favourite as they search for flights from different companies all over the world. You can filter the results to suit your needs and ensure you land the best price every-time.
Book Your Accommodation
This is an important part of any holiday you’re going on. Read all the reviews and get the right accommodation via TripAdvisor. They even show you the best prices available at the time for that room from suppliers like Booking.com.For booking a hostel your best bet is to start with HostelWorld or possible even use CouchSurfing if you’re on a real budget.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is a must these days so you have a piece of mind you’re covered for anything that could go wrong while on your trip. I now never go on a trip away without travel insurance. I’ve been using World Nomads for the past few years.
My favourite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- World Nomads (little more expensive but covers everything)
- SafetyWing (cheaper option to just cover you for health issues)
Looking for the best companies to save money with?
As I have been travelling frequently over the last few years I’ve learnt some great tools to use for saving money when travelling. I have a travel resource page that lists all the trusted companies I personally use and rely on. I think you will find them good as well.
The Best Place To Book Your Tours
If you are someone you likes to have the best tours in one place and read reviews from other travellers about their personal experiences of each different tour then the best platform to use is GetYourGuide.
They offer the best tours, have money-back offers in case your trip is cancelled and ensure the price of each tour is the lowest possible.
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