With its sun-kissed beaches and Mediterranean setting, Barcelona offers some of the most memorable views and activities in Europe. And a lot of these exciting activities take place in the water along the Catalonian Coast.
But whether you’re a novice or an expert, a thrill seeker or just looking to enjoy the sea view, there is something for everyone when it comes to the various water sports in Barcelona.
From learning how to surf to improving your duck dive, Barcelona’s wealth of beaches offers perfect opportunities for frolicking among the waves. Nearly all of them have bounded areas reserved for surfers and their boards, with the closest beach only 15 minutes’ walking distance from Las Ramblas.
Garraf bay, a 30-minute drive south of the city between Castelldefels and Sitges, is one of the most picturesque surf spots – an ideal choice for wave riders who enjoy more quiet beaches. For those who seek a challenge, Río Besòs is a must. Located less than 10km north of Barcelona, this spot is a point break and a secret gem among the advanced Catalonian surfers.
For surfing lessons, one can contact Escola Catalana de Surf, which focuses on all levels, from children to adults. Situated in Barcelona and Castelldefels, the schools have their own channels marked with buoys, ensuring surfing lessons free of obstacles or distractions.
Address: Passeig Joan de Borbó, 78
Tel: (+34) 937 106 430
Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Surfing
Also called ‘paddle boarding’, SUP surfing is one of the most popular water sports in Barcelona due to it being so easy and fun. And although surfing requires generous waves, Barcelona’s sea is often quite calm – the perfect conditions to partake in SUP surfing.
Due to its popularity, many SUP surf schools can be located in and around Barcelona, including Moloka’i SUP Center. A great place to start if you’re trying SUP surfing for the first time, they have classes available for newbies, as well as rental equipment.
Address: Carrer de Meer, 39
Tel: (+34) 932 214 868
Stand Up Surf School is another option which offers paddle surfing classes at competitive rates. For those properly schooled in SUP surfing, one can skip the class and rent all the required equipment before heading into the water.
Address: Carrer de la Marina, 7
Tel: (+34) 934 365 789
For water sports in Barcelona that extend beyond paddle boarding, try the Centre Municipal de la Vela, which offers everything from hourly equipment rentals to courses.
Address: Moll de Gregal, s/n
Tel: (+34) 932 257 940
To take your SUP surfing to the next level, Ungravity SUP & Surf Center is a must. Anything from a sunset surfing session to a spin around the Costa Brava can be enjoyed here.
Address: Porxos del Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, s/n
Tel: (+34) 666 524 708
For sublime underwater views of the Mediterranean, scuba diving is recommended. And for instructors that manage to balance safety with excitement, one can opt for one of the several courses at BCN Diving. After acquiring a certification from them, book an excursion to see some of the best scuba diving spots from Barcelona to the Costa Brava to discover shipwrecks in Palamós, the beautiful natural reserve of the Medes Islands, and much more.
Address: C/ Enric Casanovas 5 Local 2
Tel: (+34) 655 557 297
Barcelona’s seaside is the perfect setting to try kite surfing, as the winds are constant, yet not too strong. Currently, only one company provides kite surfing lessons in perfect English: the appropriately named Kitesurf Barcelona. With more than seven years’ experience, their courses cover everything one needs to know, from judging weather conditions to safety/recovery procedures.
For skilled kite surfers, Kitesurf Barcelona also has some of the most cutting-edge equipment available for hire.
Tel: (+34) 657 488 060
Although a relatively new activity, flyboarding has already become one of the most popular water sports in Barcelona. And rightly so, seeing as this amazing water sport combines the sensation of flying with the coolness of the fresh ocean water.
To learn the basics of fly boarding in Barcelona, contact FlyBoard Club Barcelona, who specialises in taking out small groups of learners to experience this one-of-a-kind sport, which most people grasp quite easily.
Address: Carrer de Villarroel, 1
Tel: (+34) 635 507 527
Most of Barcelona’s windsurfers head out of the city to Badalona, just 10km north. Apart from providing an un-crowded beach, this area also lets windsurfers store their gear at one of three windsurfing clubs (CN Bétulo, CN Badalona, and Benjiwind Badalona).
Locals agree that the prevailing thermal wind blows stronger here than at any of the other local beaches – the perfect setting for windsurfing. Depending on the wind force and direction, the conditions here allow windsurfers the ideal opportunity to free ride / bump and jump as they proceed further out to sea.
Although there are no windsurf hire centres in Badalona, gear can be hired from the CN Bétulo sailing school. For windsurfing lessons (as well as sailing, canoeing, swimming, surfing and SUP surfing), contact La Escola del Vent (the wind school).
Address: Passeig Marítim
Tel: (+34) 669 549 019