April brought us the MYBA Charter Show in a brand new venue, OneOcean Port Vell in beautiful Barcelona! We hope you all had a great time and got involved in the Superyacht Chef’s competition and Art in a Glass. During the show there were plenty of workshops and seminars to keep you busy, as well as yachts to hop and of course networking to be done. We loved every minute and it was great to see you all there! We are sure those swanky YACHTNEEDS flip flops enriched your show experience and helped with all of the miles walked, as did those awesome little golf buggies! Thanks to FunAir for sponsoring those, definitely a cool way to get around the marina!
So, what to do once you have recovered from the Crew Beach Party on the last night of the show? Well, recover as quick as you can because the city of Barcelona is a stunner waiting for you to explore! Whether you are on foot, hire a bike to cycle, or try out one of the many scooters in the city, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with the wonderful architecture and vibrant atmosphere on offer.
When it comes to architecture to admire in Barcelona, you will most definitely see some of Antoni Gaudi’s work. Parc Güell is a good place to start, a park with amazing views of the city once you reach the top of the path. It is a mosaic masterpiece of walkways, pillars, arches and fountains. The park gets busy so book in advance for this one.
The 19th century Parc De La Citadella is the city’s most famous park, with the Cascada Fountain at it’s centre. Enjoy a rowboat ride on the lake and admire more fantastically unusual structures dotted throughout.
Possibly Gaudi’s most famous work is La Sagrada Familia, a church which has been in construction since 1892, expected to be completed in 2026. Gaudi’s vision was only one quarter complete when he died and is a melding of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles, blazing with the colour and quirkiness of the artist.
Visit the oldest part of the city, Barri Gotic, a maze of streets with heaps more gothic architecture and the best shopping in Barcelona! Find treasures at the Mercat Gòtic early on Sunday mornings. Another market worth a visit is La Boqueria, this one is all about food and perfect for the peckish explorer!
Wander along the boulevard cutting through the heart of the city, Las Ramblas and feast your eyes on street performers and human statues. It is very much a tourist area though and it is advised to watch out for pickpockets here.
There are plenty of galleries to visit for the art lovers amongst you, Museu D’Art Contemporani De Barcelona for more modern works, Museu National D’Art De Catalunya for it’s vast Romanesque collection, and Museu Picasso for a taste of Cubism from the man who apprenticed in the city.
The seaside district, Barceloneta hosts beaches full of life, with kite flying, music pumping and vendors galore! There is also opportunity for watersports and cycle tours in the city, theses will also need to be booked in advance. As for the nightlife, there are a bounty of clubs, bars, cocktail bars and restaurants in Barcelona. The Passeig Del Born is a less touristy area and is the place to be when the sun goes down.
Have a ball whatever you decide to fill your time with in this amazingly diverse city. As ever, before we say goodbye until next month…….
Did you know?
La Sagrada Familia, once complete, will be the tallest religious building in Europe.
The beaches of Barceloneta are man made, there were no beaches in Barcelona until 1992.
Barcelona is home to 68 parks, which make up 10 percent of the city.