Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is one of the most cosmopolitan, vibrant and exciting destinations, is famous for its culture, architecture, design, beaches, nightlife and, of course, cuisine.
Drift between the luxury retail stores along Passeig de Gràcia and the boutiques of the Born district or roam the Gaudí monuments scattered around the city. La Barceloneta, Les Corts, Sarrià, Gracia…walk through city’s diverse neighbourhoods meanwhile you discover the gastronomic delights from traditional Catalan and Spanish cuisine to modern fusion prepared by world-renowned chefs.
With the benefit of an international airport within close proximity and 320 days of sun each year, Barcelona is an appealing place to explore or relax. The sea is a major attraction and you can spend the day windsurfing, kayaking or swimming. Outside the city, stunning countryside is ideal for hiking and cycling and the Pyrenees are a short drive away for skiing. Whether you’re unwinding at a five-star spa, lazing on the beach or sprawling in a tree-lined park, Barcelona has something for everyone, every hour of the day.
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From Marina Port Vell we recommend you a unique destinations to visit:
– An hour or two cruising from the marina: To the south there are the long sand dune beaches of Castelldefels, protected as a nature reserve for their fauna.
– Continuing south, Sitges awaits with its old fishing village charm – and that is not the only similarity the town has with St Tropez. Since long, the village has been a favourite hangout for celebrities, footballers and free-spirited artists, offering a range of excellent restaurants from the exclusive Fragata to enjoy the traditional gastronomic experience.
– Balearic Islands, offering a fan of holiday options stretching from the wild and bohemian party scene of Ibiza with its quiet little sister Formentera for recovering, to Mallorca with its many bays and beaches, mountains and plains and delicate mix of festive exclusivity and rustic placidity, on to serene Menorca for quieter family time and lazy days.
– North along you will find “the strong coast” called Costa Brava offering excellent cruising through coastal villages with their beaches and marinas such as: Blanes, Tossa de Mar, Cadaqués (summer home to Salvador Dalí and hangout for artists from all over Europe).
*Images courtesy of “Patronato de Turismo de la Costa Brava y Pirineo de Gerona”.