Learn to windsurf in Barcelona

Jul 23, 2013 BY Paul McWilliams

If you’re looking to learn a new watersport but also want a cultural city break, then why not combine the two and learn to windsurf in Barcelona? By combining an adrenaline fuelled adventure with a break in one of the world’s premier city break destinations, you could enjoy a trip that really offers the best of both worlds.

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Barcelona literally oozes character and charm. Wandering through the streets of the historic city centre you can sometimes forget that it’s also a coastal city with a working port, a stunning beach and some great water for a spot of fun.

Learn to windsurf in Barcelona

With stunning views of the beach and the city in the background, learning to windsurf in Barcelona is a unique experience. Arrange lessons and hire equipment at Box 220 shop in Barceloneta or if you’re looking for a little bit more space, try the Base Nautica a few beaches down.

There are a number of schools offering tuition for beginners looking to learn to windsurf in Barcelona. If you do already have a bit of experience and want to go out on your own, you’ll need to pass a proficiency test (usually costing around 20 euros) to prove you have the necessary skills.

You can reach these and other beaches like Castelldefels or Sitges by catching a train or bus from the city centre.

Exploring the city

There are plenty of reasons why Barcelona is one of the world’s most popular city break destinations. Although it’s not the capital of Spain, it is a bigger draw for visitors than Madrid. In fact, the two cities have a long standing rivalry that was once accentuated by a civil war.

These days the rivalry is played out on the football pitch, with the all conquering Barcelona currently having the upper hand. Visit the vast Nou Camp stadium and catch a match for an experience you’ll never forget.

Learn to windsurf in Barcelona flickr image by Oozno

However, the stadium isn’t the only building you have to see. Home to the world renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, no visit to the city is complete without a visit to his unfinished magnum opus, an astonishing gothic masterpiece, Sagrada Familia. His influence can be felt across the city in the form of many other buildings.

Of course, if you’ve spent the day learning to windsurf in Barcelona, you might be looking for a bit of evening excitement too. The city comes alive at night with countless bars, clubs and restaurants.

Learn to windsurf in Barcelona Wikimedia image by SatoSuro

Where to stay in Barcelona

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Barcelona for a combined city break and windsurfing adventure, then there are plenty of options. The good Metro and bus connections make it easy to get around, so really you can stay anywhere in the city.

If you want to be in the heart of the action then the Gothic Quarter and area around La Rambla are very central. However, staying somewhere near the beach in one of the smaller coastal towns to the north or south of the city might be more suitable for those looking to learn to windsurf in Barcelona.

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