Barcelona is one of the main tourist destinations, not only in Europe but in the whole world. It is famous for the architecture of Gaudi, its festivals and its atmosphere, football, and Mediterranean cuisine and a wonderful climate. But also the nearest coast of this cosmopolitan city has a lot to offer. From BoatBureau we suggest you this itinerary for Barcelona, for you to know the southern coast of the Catalan capital, down to Tarragona.
The best time to sail the coast of Barcelona is between May and late July or early August because the winds are very light. The waves are usually half a meter high and the sea temperature during summer is around 24 degrees Celsius, so navigation is a very pleasant experience. Sailing south you will find long sandy beaches and fishing villages like Sitges, that offer tranquility and beauty.
Sailing north of Barcelona and to the Costa Brava is also a wonderful option that offers many kilometers of beaches and fishing villages, but also wild coast spots and hidden coves.
Wind and weather
On the coast of Barcelona, between May and August, it blows the Migjorn or Ostro, a very light wind from the South, barely noticeable in the morning and a little bit stronger in the afternoon. In the end of August, September and October the weather is also nice but winds and especially rain are more frequent. The wind in the central Catalan coast is much less important than in the Costa Brava, so this central part of the coast is best suited for those inexperienced sailors because there are not difficulties.
Barcelona – Sitges
The first day of this sailing itinerary for Barcelona we will leave the Catalan capital and head towards Sitges. This fishing town is known for its Carnival and the Fantastic Film Festival that is held there every Fall. Do not miss the old town and the view from the seafront with the Church of St. Bartholomew and Santa Tecla at the end.
Sitges – Coma-ruga
We continue south and head to Coma-ruga. Here we can practice water sports or enjoy the beach, over two kilometers long. For over 25 years this beach has Blue Flag, the European label that distinguishes the beaches with the best facilities and environmental conditions.
Coma-ruga – Tarragona
The third day we will arrive to Tarragona, one of the largest cities in Catalonia. Here lived the Roman emperor Augustus and it was the de facto capital city of the Roman Empire for a few years. Its importance during this time provided the current Tarragona with a wealth of monuments and Roman constructions, like the amphitheater, the circus or the Torre dels Escipions.
Tarragona – Vilanova i la Geltrú
Back to the north we will stop at Vilanova i la Geltrú, halfway between Tarragona and Barcelona. After the cultural visit of Tarragona, in Vilanova i la Geltrú we can relax in its long sandy beach.