- By Kevin
- On Aug 10, 2017
- Travel Tips
Don't miss the spectacular views of Barcelona's skyline and iconic landmarks from the sea on one of the traditional "Golondrina" pleasure boats, on board a yacht or modern catamaran. What about the meaningful weekend getaways in Barcelona? Globerouter.com guide you to look around the landmarks and sea sightseeing.
Barcelona is a city by the sea with almost 5 kilometres of wide beaches with fine, golden sand and shallow waters. They have become one of the biggest recreational hotspots for locals and visitors alike and have excellent amenities and services. The beaches are accessible for people with reduced mobility and are just a few minutes away from anywhere in the city by public transport and also by bike.
You can also enjoy the beaches in the other towns along the Barcelona coast. Stretching for more than 95km, it has 100 beaches of all kinds: fine and coarse golden sands, tiny coves, beaches in towns and in the countryside, family beaches, naturist beaches..., and all of them just a short drive or train ride away from Barcelona.
The beaches are the perfect partner to Barcelona's range of cultural attractions and you can enjoy them any time of the year: for a stroll, to linger at a pavement café or restaurant terrace, enjoy the views and climate, swim, sunbathe, cycle or do some sports.
Enjoy the sea and the sun and don't take any risks by paying attention to the safety flags, the lifeguards' instructions and tannoy announcements. And remember that the beaches are a shared public space… please behave with due consideration for others and have a great swim!
Porto Torres, Sardinia - our original destination
It would be wrong to hide the downside of ferry travel. Rising winds at Porto Torres made entering the harbour so perilous that a tug had to come and nudge us away from threatening sandbanks. The port itself was unprepossessing, and the exit road sleazy. I tried to imagine the beautiful island that lay beyond the cranes. It was, however, an aspect of Sardinia that I will always remember. As we followed the coast road east, the wind dropped and the sea settled from a turbulent grey to clear turquoise. We stayed near the pretty granite town of Santa Teresa di Gallura on the north east coast, swimming from small bays of blinding white sand.
We visited the archipelago of La Maddalena on a chain ferry. Wild pigs foraged in the garrigue around Garibaldi's tomb, and the sea shimmered in the heat. Close to the famous Costa Smeralda, playground to the wealthy, there is space and beauty enough in this region for us all to enjoy, whatever our means.
Specialities of this region include a flat crisp bread, pane carasau, and suckling pig. We sampled this succulent delight at a traditional style restaurant, which also serves excellent local fish and pizzas cooked in a wood fired oven.