Summer in Catalonia naturally is associated with never-ending midday heat, bright sunshine, sea breezes with alluring coolness, and the transparent depths of the crystal-blue sea. It is nearly impossible to imagine the summer season in Barcelona without watersports activities. This city has countless options to offer boat-tour enthusiasts, aquatic sports fans, and oceanology excursion proponents.
A snow-white wave runner that executes elegant turns atop the sea waves is an ideal option for anyone who would like to feel like James Bond—at least for a few minutes. Jet skiing is the perfect entertainment for a large company, family, or couple, although the younger children will not be able to ride; the minimal riding age is 16 years old. One of the most famous jet ski rental centers is located in Port Olimpic, next to Moll de la Marina. One can enjoy this activity from May to September every day from 10:00 to 20:00, and in the off-season of October to April, on Monday through Friday from 10:00 until 19:00.
You also can rent a jet ski for 30 minutes or an hour. The water ride will cost you 85 euros or 153 euros, depending on the duration. The price includes an instructor’s assistance, insurance, and a life vest. Another place for practicing water sports in Barcelona is located in Port Forum. At Moll de la Ronda, you will find Barcelona Jet Ski center, where you can rent a jet ski or enroll in the school that prepares certified instructors. In this location, you can rent a jet ski at 100 euros per 30 minutes or 180 euros per hour. In addition, you might consider a seasonal subscription for 750 euros. You also can book an excursion to Costa Brava or embark on a two-day trip by jet ski down the Ebro river.
This abbreviation stands for, “Stand Up Paddle,” which literally means, “standing up with a paddle.” This sport is a form of surfing with a paddle, a new, interesting activity that is affordable and accessible for nearly everyone. This form of sport recently has acquired tremendous popularity the world over. On Saturdays and Sundays in the beach bar Surf House on L’Amirall Aixada, 22, Barcelona, you can join the special offer of “surf & brunch” for only 25 euros. This price includes a class with an instructor on how to use a board and a breakfast at the seaside. On Tuesdays, Surf House organizes yoga and pilates classes directly in the sea on SUP-boards. One session fee is 20 euros.
Both children and adults participate in the activities of Centre Municipal de Vela Port Olimpic. Monday through Sunday, from 17:00 until 20:00, 1-hour classes for kids under 14 and teenagers between 14 and 18 years are organized for 15 euros per hour. In Moloka’i SUP Center on Carrer de Meer, the classes are held throughout the week with no days off. Beginners are welcome to take advantage of 2-hour sessions for 60 euros, while the advanced level students attend 4-hour or 5-hour sessions for 100 and 150 euros. Other special offers include a sea ride to enjoy the sunrise, with breakfast included, and an evening promenade on boards to admire the sunset.
Kayaking is a great activity for everyone and has no age limitations. Travelling in your choice of 1- or 2-seat boats is not only a sports activity, but also a real adventure! Excursions Barcelona offers full-day tours to Costa Brava, where you personally can experience the beauty of underwater caves for 70 euros. Excursions has found a solution even for those who are not swimmers. The company suggests that these members of a group travel to Costa Brava with friends or family and spend the day on the beach, joining everyone in the tour later for lunch. This option costs 30 euros.
It is possible to find watersports in close proximity to Barcelona. Castelldefels has the Club de Piroguismo, a center equally popular among adults and children. Here, classes are organized from 17:00 to 20:00. Also, there is the option to practice water sports in the stylish city of Sitges at Nootka center, where instructors not only teach you to kayak, but also offer excursions to the National Park of Garraf, the picturesque beaches, and the most charming bays around the city.
Kite-surfing and wind-surfing
Undoubtedly, surfing is a type of sport that requires serious preparation. At the same time, it is never too late to master this fun activity. You can begin to learn this incredible aquatic sport at Kitesurf Barcelona (www.kitesurfbarcelona.com), where 10-hour courses in kite-surfing are offered at 360 euros and standard 2-hours sessions at 100 euros. This center also organizes trips to Costa Brava and to the Ebro river delta for a coupe of days. Moreover, between June 1st and September 1st, there is a summer kite camp (for 30 euros per night). On Passeig Maritím, in Castelldefels, you can find the school Mojokite. Here, it is possible to rent a surf kite for 50 euros, book a 2-hour class for 100 euros, or a 10-hour course for 360 euros. You can reserve a class on the website, www.mojokite.com. Escola de Vent in Badalona is the best place to do windsurfing (www.escoladelventbarcelona.com). At this school, a 5-day course for beginners costs 115 euros.
The list of watersports in Barcelona, Spain would not be complete without this impressive water attraction. Would you like to transform into a superhero on a board with a jet engine and fly over the sea waves, feeling the thrill of this unique experience? In that case, you definitely should try flyboarding. Everyone above 16 years of age is allowed to ride a flyboard. It is easy to learn to make a loop and jump: flyboard operation is controlled by an instructor in a jet ski, and a helmet and a safe vest protect you from bumps against the water’s surface.
At Flyboard Club (www.flyboard-barcelona.com) you can fly over the water for half an hour at 200 euros. The fly cost includes an instructor’s assistance, instruction course, waterproof cases for phones, drinks, and Wi-Fi on board the boat (so that you can you’re your images asap!).
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