When planning a visit to Spain, consider visiting the vibrant port cities along the Mediterranean coast or nearby islands. Not only do these towns offer traditionally prepared seafood and beautiful beaches, but they also boast unique culture and history.
Traveling from port to port by yacht allows you to see and experience all that Spanish culture has to offer, in a relaxed and comfortable environment. You have the freedom to stay as long as you please and never get bored, as you can always up anchor and sail away to another spot.
Here are eight ports to inspire you for a luxury yacht charter in Spain:
Barcelona has everything from quaint beaches, thrilling watersports, and unique cultural venues. The Port of Barcelona is one of the most frequently visited locations in Spain by tourists and is becoming an increasingly prominent super yacht destination.
Make sure to visit the Gothic Quarter in the center of the atmospheric Old City to view buildings that date back to medieval times. Barcelona is famous for its Catalan architecture, with the most iconic example being the Sagrada Familia cathedral by Antoni Gaudi. Another of his masterpieces, Parc Guell, showcases Modernisme ideas and offers stunning views of the city.
Wander down La Rambla and Passeig de Gracia for outstanding shopping and traditional restaurants. Explore the Museum of Modern Art and the National Museum of Catalonia, one of the most highly rated museums in the city.
If you are looking for more nightlife, Ibiza in the Balearic Islands, is an excellent choice and is only a short sail away from Barcelona. Combine a few days sight-seeing in the city with a trip to the magical White Isle. A super yacht charter is the perfect way to enjoy all of the luxuries of a five-star hotel combined with the mobility and freedom of being on the water.
The famous party scene is varied and impressive, but families will also find lots to do there as the local government has made an effort to make this a more family-friendly city. For the family traveler, consider visiting Es Vedrà the famous jutting rock is shrouded in myths and legend and located on the west coast of Ibiza. Ibiza is a great place to try parasailing and other watersports too.
Ibiza has some of the freshest and tastiest seafood in all of Spain and is known for having high-quality seafood restaurants. For a day trip from Ibiza by boat, consider visiting Formentera, a more secluded and unspoiled smaller island to the south of the port.
Valencia is the third largest city in Spain. Its port is the biggest in the Western Mediterranean. It is known for having numerous cultural venues and festivals, the most famous being the festival the Falles.
During the Falles, you can witness some beautifully organized and colorful parades and sample delicious cuisines such as churros and buñuelos. For the festival of the Falles, every neighborhood builds their own customized paper mache statues. After displaying them for a week, they are burned.
Valencia is located very close to the town of Bunel, the site of the annual Tomatina or tomato fight. This has become one of the most famous festivals in the world. Another popular destination outside of Valencia is the hot springs. If you want to visit them in winter time though, make sure you book your reservation early.
Another prized Spanish port city is Palma, the capital of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands. Some of the most popular destinations for tourists include the Museum of Spanish Contemporary Art, the Seu Cathedral, and the Castle de Bellver.
If you enjoy shopping, gourmet cheese stores and clothing boutiques abound. Palma’s silk exchange is another great place filled with classic gothic buildings.
The quaint, narrow and quiet walkways of the old city add to the old-world charm of this town by the Med. You will see some unusual Islamic architecture from the Banys Arabs to the Town Hall.
Visitors to this pristine city cherish the fact that it is not as crowded as some of the larger coastal towns. Some of the most popular destinations here include the beaches located on the Costa Blanca. This city has plenty of water ferries to the Balearic Islands and Algeria.
To get a great panoramic view of the city, visit the Santa Barbara castle at the top of Mount Benacantil. If you like museums, you will enjoy the Archeology Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art, two of the most highly-rated museums in the country.
The walkway Esplanade de España is paved with millions of marble tiles and lined with palm trees on either side. Many tourists enjoy a trip to the Monastery of Santa Faz to view the stunning Baroque architecture.
The Carnival of Cadiz is one of the most celebrated and famous carnivals in the world. An 11-day street party, thousands from all over the world attend the fair every year.
Cadiz is also famous for its Roman ruins, especially the well-preserved Roman theater. Only discovered and partially excavated in 1980, the theater dates back to the 1rst century BC and was probably one of the largest in the Roman Empire at the time.
The old city features narrow passageways connecting large plazas while newer portions of the city have wide boulevards and more modern buildings. There are parks too, including places where you can see trees brought back by Columbus from his voyages of discovery. Finally, you do not want to miss the Plaza de Mina, which features the Museum of Cadiz in addition to other buildings built in the neo-classical style.
Cartagena holds the title for being the Spanish city with the most beaches, a total of ten. The most popular destination is Calblanque Beach, which is large enough to accommodate plenty of tourists without it becoming overcrowded or noisy.
In addition to a large number of beaches, Cartagena hosts some of the most beautiful and diverse wildlife of any of the Spanish port cities. Not only that, there are some unique museums such as the Archeological Museum and the Naval Museum. Just like in Cadiz, you can see a wealth of Roman influence and history. You do not want to miss the popular Roman Theatre Museum which features a well-preserved amphitheater that you can walk through.
Malaga is famous for being the capital of the Costa del Sol. The Malaga cruise port is the second busiest in Spain. Some of the most popular destinations for tourists include the beaches, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and the Picasso Museum.
Many visitors go to the Gibralfaro castle to get a view of the city from above. For tourists interested in unique architecture, Malaga has some impressive Islamic buildings from its time under Berber rule. The most iconic example is the Alcazaba, the old Muslim palace.
Many tourists frequent this city during the Malaga Film Festival, typically held in the middle of March.
Visiting Spanish ports is a great way to experience the culture (and cuisine!) of one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Whether it is Barcelona, Ibiza or one of the other ports up and down the Spanish Mediterranean, planning a trip to the coastal cities in Spain offer visitors a unique and relaxing way to experience what Spain has to offer.