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Spanish lands are served with endless sunshine, a splash of flamenco flair, and artistic visions that stir the soul. The golden coves of the Mediterranean side are pure magic for luxury yacht charters; offering a beautiful blend of beach and city. From the surrealist architecture of Gaudi’s Barcelona to the chic beach clubs of Marbella, the sleepy siesta afternoons and the fabulous fiesta nights – Spain is an experience served hot and sultry.
Gastronomy sits at the heart of the Spanish experience – even if people don’t sit down for dinner until past 10pm. As you take your yacht charter along the coast, you have the chance to indulge in the finest dishes the country has to offer. From Seville’s bursting bright oranges to afternoon Cervazas on deck, sharing plates of patatas bravas, garlicky anchovies’ and oversized unpeeled shrimps – Spain will leave you satiated.
The list of artists who have fallen hard for Spanish shores reads like a who’s who of the greatest gallery in the world. Barcelona brims with Gaudi’s gorgeous creations – from the twisted spires of the Familia Sagrada to the museum hosting Picassos rarest works, and not to mention Dali’s dreamscapes. Art lovers are sure to be inspired by the sights and sounds of a Spanish yacht charter.
Nowhere captures the festival spirit quite like Span. From tomato hurling at the famed Tomatina to the Running of the Bulls, the colorful costumes and general craziness that descends on the Sitges Festival, and the sublimely weird and wonderful Gracia Festivl that sweeps through Barcelona in the summer – Spain is all about the party.
Endless days of glorious sun are always expected to shine down on your yacht charter. Spain boasts super long summers, soaring temperatures and Mediterranean waters so inviting and warm that you will forever want to plunge in. Al fresco living is simple in this sunny lazy climate and with everyone popping off for a midday snooze, there is always a holiday vibe.
The slightly bonkers beach city that ensnares the heart of many – Barcelona is a must see for yacht charters cruising the waters of Spain. Port Vell is the place to drop anchor as you soak up the yachting lifestyle vibes that abound in this world class marina. Five minutes away the city buzzes with the street performers of Las Ramblas, the architectural splendor of Gaudi, and the ornate lanes that wrap around the gothic quarter. Be sure to make the most of your siesta, because party nights in Barcelona go on well past the witching hour.
While Madrid has the food and Barcelona has the party – Valencia is the city of sheer innovation. The sci-fi like vision of the silver Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias sweeps you off your feet, and the Museu de Belles Artes is home to some of the most soul wrenching works by the likes of Goya and El Greco. Step ashore from your yacht charter, explore the buzzing vibrant markets, wander the green park that marks the old riverbed and feast on paella.
Marbs is the ultimate glam spot for yacht charters visiting Spain and seeking a bit of glitz. The golden mile boasts an endless array of five-star resorts, radically expensive restaurants, bling boutiques and beach clubs awash with the young and the beautiful. Flanked by the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges and enriched with green golf courses, you can spend a few days topping up your tan, mingling with millionaires, and sipping cocktails at the infamous Nikki Beach.
A break from the chaos of the big cities and the crowds of the more popular spots on the Costa del Sol, Tarragona is all blue waters, free flowing wine, and ancient roman ruins. The second century amphitheater is certainly a highlight, and the nearby vineyards of Monsant are worth an afternoon explore for a sip and swirl session in the shade.
Spain boasts long summers that stretch on from May and can even surpass September. Even in the shoulder seasons it remains warm, heady and doused in sun. Rarely will your seasonal yacht charter to Spain become a washout. Summers can be strikingly hot, but with most yachts offering air conditioning and some with private pools – overheating isn’t something to worry about. The crowds however can also strike, especially during the European summer months of June, July and August.
Those seeking a cultural European experience heightened by the promise of sun, fun and fiesta will swoon over the Spanish shoreline.