Barcelona is famed for its hive of activity and thrilling blend of culture, history and modern luxury. For superyachts, this is an idyllic setting from which to explore the Mediterranean cruising grounds, with close proximity to the vibrant Balearic Islands and secluded paradise of Sitges. Barcelona itself is an exciting destination for superyachts and luxury travellers. The city has a rich artistic heritage, with an enchanting Gothic Quarter and iconic sights such as the magical Park Güell and the Gaudí-designed Sagrada Familia. Blessed with exquisite culinary delights, a vibrant nightlife and glorious natural scenery, Barcelona is the ultimate superyacht charter destination.
Fortunately for superyachts, adventures in this beautiful region of Spain remain open thanks to the proactive approach taken by Marina Port Vell. Ignacio Erroz, General Manager of Marina Port Vell, spoke to Superyachts.com about how the Marina has adapted to continue providing fantastic experiences for visiting superyachts in a difficult period.
“From the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, Marina Port Vell Barcelona took all necessary measures to provide a safe facility, the best service and the warmest welcome to yachts arriving to the marina,” explains Erroz. “We have worked together with agents and authorities to introduce new procedures, to take strict safety and hygiene measures and update information every day to our clients.”
Erroz also reflected on why Barcelona attracts such large numbers of yachts year on year. “Barcelona is a safe and amazing destination, one of the greatest cities in the Mediterranean, and Marina Port Vell is a homeport that works day by day to provide a stunning experience for our guests.”
Marina Port Vell has become an integral institution within the superyacht industry. First built to provide berthing facilities for the 1992 Olympic Games, Port Vell has developed into a world-class marina which regularly hosts major international events including the MYBA Charter Show and Barcelona Boat Show.
Based in the heart of this thriving city, Marina Port Vell offers a luxury experience that fulfils all the needs of owners, captains and guests to ensure a seamless transition and a wonderful stay. Everything has been intricately thought through and developed to make the Marina an ideal home port for superyachts, from bespoke services and dining to crew facilities.
Throughout their stay, guests are treated to personal attention from Marina Port Vell’s professional concierge team, while the Marina also has plenty of amenities to make use of even before you delve into the wonders of Barcelona. Port Vell has its own fine dining restaurant in a perfect setting by the sea. The experience is enhanced even further by the Marina Port Vell Blue Wave, a sophisticated cocktail bar and lounge which has won international acclaim for its signature cocktails, contemporary design, and energetic atmosphere.
Marina Port Vell is also a favourite destination for superyacht crew, with the Marina recently opening a new Crew Lounge to entertain the crew during their stay, allowing superyachts to remain in Barcelona for longer term stays. There is also a gymnasium and indulgent spa on site to add extra luxury to the Port Vell universe, creating very much a destination within a destination.
Marina Port Vell is a superyacht sanctuary that has continued to provide unparalleled service during the Covid-19 pandemic. Superyachts will rejoice at the opportunity to explore this magnificent area of the world, with many overdue an adventure after the testing months that have preceded.