Meeting your own yacht or chartering a superyacht in Barcelona is great way to start your exploration of Spain’s east coast. This seven-day itinerary from Barcelona to Valencia combines modern architecture with ancient ruins, art with science, shopping and fine dining
Barcelona has two airports and numerous marinas making it extremely accessible. Crowned as the ‘capital of culture,’ the sites are endless. Museums, art galleries, a cathedral, sports stadiums and amazing shopping make up just some on offer.
Leaving Catalonia and moving south into Tarragona you will find the pace of life slows down. Here you will spend your time exploring rocky coves and enjoying an afternoon siesta on one of the sandy beaches. The Roman ruins in Tarragona were named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth the look.
As the cruise meanders further along the Spanish coast and into the vibrant city of Valencia admire the coastline and many sandy coves. Valencia is a popular holiday hotspot with the Spaniards largely due to its rich history. It’s the third largest city in Spain and famous for many things but most interestingly as the birthplace of the Spanish dish Paella.
Day 1: A shopper’s paradise in Barcelona
Moore at the heart of the city at OneOcean Port Vell marina. The marina completed an €80M development at the end 2014 and can accommodate yachts up to 190 metres. From there it’s possible to stroll into town, Las Ramblas is close by. A little further on, perhaps short taxi ride, is the Paseo de Gracia. Stretching from PlacaCatalunya northwards, this beautiful avenue is bordered by some of the most expensive properties in the city.
There is some fabulous architecture and Pere Falques i Urpi’s famously ornate benches and street lights – but many people head here to admire what’s inside these buildings. This is the place in Barcelona to stock up on luxury goods and check out the top designers latest creations.
If you’ve spent too much of your holiday, money already – you could try the La Roca Village where designer goods are sold at outlet prices. And for something really different, seek out some vintage delights in the Raval neighbourhood.
After all this exertion, refuel on tapas at the stylish Boca Grande or for a truly unique dining experience head to Tickets, the brainchild of former elBulli head chef Ferran Adrià.