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Nautical Hub: Barcelona

Denison Yachting | June 16, 2022



Barcelona is known for many things – atmospheric tapas bars, Gaudi’s colorful mosaiced Parc Güell and an outstanding soccer team. The Spanish city is also a nautical hub with a thriving Blue Economy — the European economy linked to water and the sea. Here is FRANK’s must-see list when dropping anchor in the city

Where to live

FM10

Francesco Macià 10 is an award-winning residential project offering eight full-floor apartments in the heart of Barcelona. Located in Swiss architect Marc-Joseph Saugey’s 1960s modernist building, the apartments – priced between $9 and $22 million – are available completed or fully customized to reflect residents’ individual lifestyles and personalities.  

Where to drop anchor

Marina Port Vell

Offering a superyacht haven in the heart of Barcelona, Marina Port Vell is a one-of-a-kind. Move from yacht to city in one step and find yourself enveloped in the beauty of the Gothic Quarter. With top restaurants, crew amenities and 150 berths up to 623-feet, the facilities are set for further development following a $22 million investment plan launched in 2022

Where to find culture

Casà Milà

Completed in 1912, Casà Milà is the most iconic (and last) private residence designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. Renowned for its constructional and functional innovations, as well as its ornamental and decorative solutions, it is nick[1]named ‘la Pedrera’ (stone quarry) due to its rough stone façade. VIP visitor passes can be arranged through Marina Port Vell.

Where to beach

Illa Roja Cove

A magnificent beach located in Begur is a jewel on the Costa Brava. Characterized by reddish-colored rocks it is one of the most photographed landscapes in the region… and also happens to be a nude beach. Despite its popularity, it remains a quiet area thanks to an exceptional location, which makes it difficult to access on foot, but ideal to approach from the sea.

Where to view sunsets

Terraza de Vivi

The rooftop bar at Kimpton Vividora is set high above the lively streets of the Gothic Quarter, complete with lush greenery, sunlounges and spectacular views of the city’s skyline. This airy outdoor space, accented with chic lighting, is the best place to elegantly transition from day to night.

Where to stay

Hotel Casa Fuster

As a gift to his adored wife, Mariano Fuster commissioned modernist architect Lluís Domènch i Montaner to design Casa Fuster, the most expensive home in the city when it was completed in 1911. Today, guests can rest awhile among the Art Nouveau–inspired furnishings to the soundtrack of the hotel’s world-famous jazz club, accompanied by sweeping views across Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s main upscale avenue.

Where to yacht spot

Camping Mar

Opening its doors in 2021, Camping Mar is the hottest new addition to the city’s waterfront eateries. But while its flavor-packed black squid-ink rice with scallops is worth a taste, the glassed-in dining room overlooking the superyachts at anchor in Marina Port Vell offers the best view in town.

Where to eat

Restaurant Lasarte

Take a seat at the chef’s table, and experience culinary magic at the hands of chef Martín Berasategui. Three-Michelin[1]star Lasarte works with produce offered by nature, the sea and the seasons. Whet your appetite with gastronomic creations, such as pickled oyster with hibiscus, white garlic and purple shiso granita, or Wagyu ravioli and glazed eel with iodized cream, horseradish and caviar.

Where to catch a game

Camp Nou

The home of FC Barcelona, Camp Nou is the largest (and perhaps steepest) stadium in Europe, with a whopping 90,000-person capacity. Bag yourself a ticket and prepare to be spellbound as Memphis Depay and Ferran Tores weave their soccer skills on the pitch.

Where to drink

Sips

Sips is Barcelona’s new drinkery house serving cocktails, wines and beers ‘tapas-style’ from a central workstation. Possibly the hippest cocktail bar in the city, Sips is run by two of the world’s most famous mixologists: Simone Caporale, fresh from the Artesian in London (named best bar in the world for four years running) and Marc Alvarez, former head of mixology for Ferran Adrià’s restaurant group.

Where to be seen

Paradiso

Hidden behind a fridge door at the back of a pastrami shop in the trendy El Born district lies the entrance to Paradiso, ranked third on the World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 list. It’s earned a must-visit reputation thanks to a creative glow-in-the-dark menu, drinks like the Vulcano Negroni (served with a mini dry ice volcano erupting over the glass) and personalized Martinis mixed at your table.

Where to find art

The Moco Museum

The first outpost of Amsterdam’s acclaimed Moco Museum opened in Barcelona in 2021 with a focus on works by modern and contemporary artists and less-familiar pieces from rising stars. There are two permanent collections: Moco Masters Modern, including works by Salvador Dalí, Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama; and Moco Masters Contemporary, highlighting artists including David LaChapelle, Julian Opie and Takashi Murakami.

Where to shop

La Manual Alpargatera

The quintessential Spanish espadrille – a casual, rope[1]soled shoe – was invented at La Manual Alpargatera in 1940. Using artisanal methods and natural materials, the sustainable footwear is still made by hand here today – and is a must for anyone visiting the city.

Where to dive

Can Roviralta

One of the best dive sites near Barcelona, Can Roviralta is in the coastal town of Lloret de Mar. Divers of all levels can enjoy clear waters, depths of up to 100 feet and a smorgasbord of marine life, including tuna, moray eels, octopi, wide-eyed flounders and luna lionfish.


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