Barcelona
Boat Tours & River Cruises

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5 things to experience on a Barcelona cruise

Located on the Mediterranean coastline between the mouths of two rivers, Barcelona is well placed for shore excursions. Here are five of the best ways to take a break from the bustle of city-life.

  • Ancient ruins

    1. Ancient ruins

    The Costa Brava is littered with Greek and Roman ruins, but if seeing them is a priority then set sail to Empúries. The town was abandoned long ago for being too easy to invade!

  • Scenic cliffs

    2. Scenic cliffs

    Only accessible by boat, the spectacular cliffs of Sierra de Montgrí are among Costa Brava's most well-preserved natural heritage sites.

  • Rocky islands

    3. Rocky islands

    Head to the Medes Archipelago marine reserve to see the old lighthouse and fort ruins among its dramatic scenery. Oh, and you'll probably spot some colorful sealife too!

  • Views of the city

    4. Views of the city

    Why not see Barcelona's skyline in all its glory? Simply join a boat tour from the harbor to see the coastal landmarks of the city against the backdrop of its famous hills.

  • Sunset

    5. Sunset

    If it's romance you're after, then we'd recommend booking a classic yacht to take you and that special someone out in the early evening to watch the sun set over the city.

Planning Your Visit

  • What to pack?

    Remember that sailing in the Mediterranean means you'll be exposed to the elements, so bring plenty of sunscreen as well as a hat and umbrella. Check if your Barcelona tour boat operator is providing food and beverages on your cruise. Even if they are, it's best to bring extra bottled water and snacks just in case.

  • What about a river cruise?

    Though Barcelona might be sandwiched between rivers, its embankments aren't as rich with the historic and architectural eye-candy you'd expect in London, Paris, or Madrid, for instance. If you're set on taking to the water, then we can't recommend the sea enough!

Other Sightseeing Options in Barcelona

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What people are saying about Barcelona

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,402 reviews

Really enjoyed the trip, very relaxing, some nice nibbles and plenty of drinks available. Was able to use all of the boat so sitting on the front of the boat was lovely. The skipper was fine and friendly but maybe telling us a bit more about Barcelona and the areas we were seeing would have been nice. Also maybe some background music would have added to the atmosphere. Slightly more expensive than some of the other trips but i didn't was too value wise. All in all an enjoyable trip that i'd happily take again.

The only thing I would change about this is I would make it last longer. It was so much fun! The alcohol was great and the staff were very polite

Absolutely amazing, highly recommend! Would suggest getting there slightly early if you want a seat on the netting :)

Perfect value for money for a 2-hour private boat cruise. José was a great captain. Would book again!

nice and relaxing experience. i feel safe and the staff are nice. will definitely do again. :)