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Capitol of Catalonia and, to many a sophisticated traveller, the capitol of Europe, Barcelona is a city of passion where art, culture and beauty combine to create a utopia for those seeking style, excitement and inspiration. Situated on the north east coast of the Iberian Peninsula overlooking the Mediterranean, Spainís second largest city is steeped in history and dates back to the Roman occupation during the second century BC. But donít be fooled, this is a city that has embraced the sands of change through an undying love affair with all things creative. From the unforgettable architecture of Gaudi to the truly enchanting Ramblas, the spectacular, labyrinthine Barri Gotic to the magnificent views from the top of Tibidabo, Barcelona is never anything less than breathtaking.

Today the cityís enthusiasm and progressive energy has dwindled not one iota. In the 1970s Barcelona acquired the reputation for being Ďthe port that turned its back on the seaí. By the mid eighties Port Vell had undergone a complete facelift and now attracts in the region of 16 million visitors a year. The spacious world-class marina boasts superb facilities and abundant mooring space to the ever-growing influx of yachtsmen and pleasure boaters looking for somewhere exciting from which to explore the Med.

But letís face it, for a large proportion of Barcelonaís guests itís the nightlife that makes it destination numero uno! Weíre talking all night every night here. In Barcelona they simply donít do boredom and with literally hundreds of bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs to choose from, every night out is an entirely different experience. And for those who manage to see some daylight hours there are plenty of lifetime experiences to be enjoyed - the spectacular Olympic City and legendary Camp Nou being amongst the modern highlights and Gaudiís truly magnificent La Sagrada Familia and the virtually unspoilt Gothic Quarter amongst the old.

Volumes have been written about this most wonderful of cities and there will be volumes more to come. But nothing written or, drawn or photographed can ever compare to actually being there. Barcelona is so vibrant the city itself seems to be alive. It has spirit and style in spades and a hospitable streak to rival even the most accommodating of Spanish holiday destinations. In short Barcelona is right at the top of those all-important places you really must see before you die.
Comments (52)
01/05/2016 @ 12:26 pm
jez and lou
Loving Barcelona, first time here and finding your guide a great help. espaciallly on our mobiles. off to Mosquitos now!
15/01/2016 @ 11:47 am
Paul Fishwick
Just visited Barcelona and found your guide very useful. Keep up the good work.
05/10/2014 @ 8:18 am
Baz from Bolton
Found Restaurant 1932 due to your site, they really know how to look after you.
19/08/2014 @ 6:18 am
Discovered 1932 restaurant last week on our final night in Barcelona, had an amazing meal and have logged it in our places to come back to on our next visit.
25/03/2014 @ 8:22 pm
Martin Hayes
We were looking for somewhere nice to take the crew on Sunday when one of the crew suggested using Harbourguides to find a nice restaurant. There was a varied choice, but we went for Restaurant 1932. So glad we did, all five of us really enjoyed the food and ambience. We will be using your guide again.
28/02/2014 @ 7:49 am
Helen Morgan
I can say, Montaditos is worth a visit for value for money and a good laugh.
Look out for special promos during the week and eat good food for peanuts.
We went to the one on old ramblas on tour site, lovely area and is like stepping back in time.
17/02/2014 @ 8:23 am
Becky and John
VGFantastic lunch at 4 Seasons Hotel yesterday, thought it would be expensive but not at all.
20/01/2014 @ 9:43 am
Restaurant 1932
When you are in Barcelona dalle parti del Barrio Gotico part of the Gothic Quarter, a jump to 1932 I always do! The place is cute style a bit "vintage", clean. The nice guys but mostly good food! Let's Mediterranean cuisine with a strong Italian influence, the rest of the chef is Italian! My favorite dishes the gnocchi with fresh shrimp and tiramisu!
20/01/2014 @ 9:42 am
Restaurant 1932
Quando sono a Barcellona, dalle parti del Barrio Gotico, un saltino al 1932 lo faccio sempre! Il locale Ť carino in stile un pÚ "vintage", pulito. I ragazzi simpatici ma soprattutto si mangia bene! Diciamo cucina mediterranea con una forte influenza italiana, del resto lo chef Ť italiano! I miei piatti preferiti i gnocchetti con i gamberi freschi e il tiramisý!
17/01/2014 @ 9:27 am
Secret Stayer
If you have ever had doubts about hostels, look no further than Amistat Beach Hostel and you will be converted in a second.
Absolutely brilliant, cannot fault it at all.
Check out the link to their website.
10/01/2014 @ 11:02 am
Paul,Steve and Chris
Thanks to Daniel for a quality top notch meal at Vacatada, and for enlightening us on Argentine cuisine.
We will be going back.
08/01/2014 @ 11:47 am
Visiting friends in Port olympic at the moment and we all went to Raco De La Villa , absolutely amazing for quality of food and being looked after.
Under Ä350 for 7 of us , pleasantly surprised .
08/01/2014 @ 11:30 am
H.Guides Crew
Had great night in The Room few night's ago.
Nice balance of people from all walks of life.
04/01/2014 @ 11:43 am
Helpful Advisor
Would suggest you find more hotels in Port Olympic area as there are a hell of a lot more going the other way towards Port Forum , and also Poblenou .
04/01/2014 @ 11:33 am
Paul from H.G.Crew and gang
Great menu of the day at La Tertulia yesterday, can absolutely recommend it.
29/12/2013 @ 6:58 pm
Boat owner in Port Olympic
Recently moved to Port Olympic, and really enjoying it. The vibrant atmosphere, friendly staff, restaurants etc. Only one complaint though, the WIFI..Its really slow.Please can you do something to speed it up.
Heres hoping
26/12/2013 @ 3:54 pm
Paul harbourguides
Had adjustment from Tobias 3 days ago, then went to see Gravity the movie in 3D amazing .
He is very good.
26/12/2013 @ 3:50 pm
Heard good things about hairdresser under Arts Hotel ?
26/12/2013 @ 3:46 pm
Best Indian in a long time.
Salmon Tandoori in shopping centre across road.
24/12/2013 @ 7:47 am
I sailed into Port Olimpic with a serious twist in my Spine. After 4 days in the Med, force 5 winds and cross chop waves, I was sick and tired. Went to Dr. Tobias for an adjustment and walked out like a new man!
Great chiropractor, lovely staff and very affordable.
I highly recommend them. 5 stars!

Luca, Dublin
15/12/2013 @ 11:09 am
Grateful Garry
Wow! Just descovered "A Taste of Home" What a godsend for Christmas..Will feel more like home this year.
Gaz and Nic
10/11/2013 @ 9:47 am
Going to Mosquito for lunch today, will keep you posted.
11/10/2013 @ 9:44 am
If you are staying at Port Olympic Marina and need to use a laundrette, try and avoid the one in the shopping centre near the marina.(Across the main roads from marina) As they have been charging as much as 60 Euros for a small bag of clothes for a service wash. Instead head for Barceloneta (Less than a mile away) there are a few good Laundrettes that offer a better service for a fraction of the price.
09/10/2013 @ 7:14 pm
Josh Coldwood
A Taste of Home!!Great shop.Love it
28/09/2013 @ 7:41 am
Nenri France
Captain Vapor liquid pipes are good.
28/09/2013 @ 7:41 am
Nenri France
Captain Vapor liquid pipes are good.
06/08/2013 @ 8:46 am
Xapata is a fantastic cafe, and the food is to die for wich means good.
They are even open on Sundays.
24/07/2013 @ 3:56 pm
Melody and family (4)
We have been staying in Barcelona for 18 months now and just discovered your guides. Found A Taste of Home on your page and love the place. Some things about home are so comforting, but its still nice to be here in the sun..Best of both worlds. x
18/06/2013 @ 7:21 am
Paul Smith H.GUIDES.
Keep an eye On Xapata in food and drink,May be changing Name soon but well Worth a visit Open 7 days a week and cannot fault the food.
03/06/2013 @ 8:57 am
Also tried Grums Hotel, excellent all rounder for its price.
03/06/2013 @ 8:57 am
Also tried Grums Hotel, excellent all rounder for its price.
02/05/2013 @ 11:08 am
Ian Sumner
Cava bar..amazing..
26/04/2013 @ 11:02 am
Is the Cave bar at Port Olympic reopened yet?
20/12/2012 @ 6:37 pm
UK berth holders
Quite a few of us now berthed in Port Olympic now since the exodus from Port Vell. Quite a upheaval for most of us, but we moved to Port Olympic, and the marina staff are fantastic, especially Susanne in the marina office.
17/10/2012 @ 12:36 pm
Kimbo and Adam
Barcelona restaurant. Cave beach bar Barcelona.
Just had fantastic meal and service at this the mellow music too.
17/10/2012 @ 10:16 am
Jason Bickerstaff
Barcelona Restaurants. Great meal of tapas in Princesa 23. All very fresh cooked Spanish styley. Loved it thanks. And low price too. Cheers.
10/10/2012 @ 11:05 am
Pam and Steve
Had a lovely weekend at Hotel Grums. Don't be put off by the name, its a great hotel and fabulous value for money.
10/10/2012 @ 10:50 am
The Hen Party Girls
Just had a fantastic weekend in Barcelona.Used your guide for some stuff and liked it. Can we recommend a visit to Port Olympic and the Salsa Bar..Great fun and you can learn to Salsa too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
01/10/2012 @ 6:09 pm
George Carlton and family
Got my family coming over to Barca late October. They dont want to stay on the boat, so are looking for digs near Port Vel. Any suggestions ??
01/10/2012 @ 6:01 pm
Boat Enthusiast
Just been to the Barcelona Boat Show, and if im honest it was a bit of a wash out. However I found your site on Google and tried some of your recomended businesses..Thanks..Very informative and will be using harbour guides in the future. Keep up the good work.
22/09/2012 @ 12:46 pm
Knight Song Crew
Lovely night in the Cave Beach, Great food, music and atmosphere.Really enjoyed it.
15/09/2012 @ 2:30 pm
Andrea Lenehan
Port Olimpic is a great marina if you are fed up with all the goings on at Port Vell. The staff here are extremely helpful especially Susannah, the yard has great facilities and the showers are clean!! It is a great location, the supermarket is close by, there are also bars and restaurants and the beach is 2 mins away
11/09/2012 @ 12:40 pm
Johnny McKaygunn
Hi me and our Lisa had a very special meal at La Fonda on the Olympic port. It was really really special. Me and our Lisa love Barcelona. We think it's special. Thank you .
10/11/2011 @ 6:03 pm
Berth Holder
Do any of you guys know what is happening to the smaller moorings at Port Vel?? We have been informed by the marina owners that we have to vacate our moorings, and many of them have left.However I have not moved as yet and would like to stay.Do you have any information on the circumstances?.
23/08/2011 @ 8:13 pm
Harbourguides crew member Steve Mallinson has entered the Barcelona half marathon in Barcelona in February 2012...any other crew members want to join him?
22/08/2011 @ 6:48 pm
Juan Aljresse
We considder berthing in Port Olimpica Marina..We have observed that it can be very loud noise into the night...Can anyone advise please.
19/08/2011 @ 5:53 am
Am I missing something? I just arrived in Barcelona by sea from Morocco. I reported to the customs office in the old customs building to check in. I was not checked in, no one wanted my passport or declarations. Immigration is nowhere to be found. What gives? I visited severla facities, including two marinas. Noone knows where these offices are!
08/08/2011 @ 1:41 pm
Hi Chris.
We too have used these facilities and the chandlers...both in our opinion were excellent.The boatyard left us to it but were there to help if needed, the shower there came in handy too,and the Chandlers were very helpful(they also hire out equipment,ie drills sanders etc)
we would also use it again when needed...
08/08/2011 @ 12:30 pm
Chris T
Just used the boatyard at Port Olimpic..The facilities are fantastic the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable and there are dozens of restaurants and bars that offer great value menus of the day...would certainly recommend it.
ps. the Chandlers there "A Son De Mar" are also excellant and speek good English.
20/07/2011 @ 8:58 pm
Steve Mally
The Crew off to Barcelona to antifoul "Mastercraft Upholstery" boat..Anyone in the area is more than welcome to give us a lift..we will treat you to beers and some good sailing!!
11/03/2011 @ 10:44 am
just done the Barcelona Marathon and stayed at the Grums Hotel..its brand new and the staff were extremely helpful..the spar is opening very soon and looks fantastic,would definitely recomend.
09/03/2011 @ 7:16 pm
Can't wait to get back to Barcelona to have a massage at Neenas,heared great reports about it.
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Business Reviews (39)
28/06/2018 @ 10:56 am
Optimum Marine Surveys by John Heale
I recently used the services of Optimum Marine to carry out a survey of my vessel. Oli Byles carried out the survey and I found the service professional, informative and courteous. I would recommend this company. John Heale
15/01/2016 @ 12:28 pm
Port Olimpic Marina by Mally
Have had a great three years at this marina, sadly its time to move on to pastures new, no use having a boat if you dont move it about.
Heres to another chapter and new adventures
15/01/2016 @ 11:44 am
Port Ginesta by Chris and Andrea
Just bought a boat here in Ginesta, and was going to keep her in Port Olympic, but having stayed here for the last two weeks, we are now going to stay. Great friendly staff, great rates and extremely picturesque.
Highly recommend
05/10/2014 @ 8:15 am
Restaurant 1932 by Baz from Bolton
Ate here and was really looked after by staff.
19/08/2014 @ 6:11 am
Restaurant 1932 by Edmunsons
Had a great time here last week on our last night, shame we only just found out about it. Anyway was amazing food and will be coming back.
06/07/2014 @ 11:51 am
Horchateria El Tio Che by Jimmy and sons
I had heard about this place a few years ago whilst visiting Barcelona, but never made it and then consequently forgot about it.
Recently moved my boat to Port Olympic and thanks to your site, hey presto I have been here now, and a big thanks from all of us.
29/06/2014 @ 9:10 am
Vacatada Restaurant by Martin Hayes and crew
Eas looking for a good steak in Barcelona, and couldnt find one untill I saw this one on your website..All I can say is Fantastic!! Fabulous steak
29/06/2014 @ 9:08 am
Restaurant 1932 by Gayle and family
Loved this place..was like stepping back in time, very tasteful decor as well as food..Will be back.
24/06/2014 @ 11:24 am
Vacatada Restaurant by Charlie Lezniac
I have been looking for a decent steak restaurant since arriving in Barcelona. This place ticks all the boxes. Well prepared and served, with courteous and helpful service. Fantastic!!
Nice wine too!
24/06/2014 @ 11:18 am
La Tertulia by Kerry Tomkins
Fantastic value for money.I also opted for Menu del Dia..It was about 10 Euros, three great courses and a bottle of wine!! Loved it..English menu too!
Thanks, will be back.
22/06/2014 @ 6:44 am
Vacatada Restaurant by Jerry and Sue
Fantastic! The first good steak we have had in Barcelona.. We will be going again.
15/06/2014 @ 7:42 am
Horchateria El Tio Che by The Orvilles
Delicious, worth the wait.
11/06/2014 @ 6:32 am
NosŤ Cocktail Bar by James
Great place for people watching, and drinking.
27/04/2014 @ 11:24 am
Restaurant 1932 by George
21/04/2014 @ 7:15 pm
Restaurant 1932 by Gergana and Frank
The 2 of us loved this place! The food was delicious and the staff was great in suggesting the right items and wine. Flawless service and we will defo return with friends next time!
21/04/2014 @ 7:13 pm
NosŤ Cocktail Bar by Gergana
Loved it! Amazing location, few meters from incredibly interesting historical sites and good restaurants. The staff was friendly and we got the best cocktails ever! Heaps of interesting people at Nose' and we made lots of new friends in one night only. The music was cool too and I can't wait to go back to Barcelona and spend few hours at Nose'!!! Can't help it but suggest this little and niche place to all good drinks and quality time lovers.
16/04/2014 @ 11:29 am
100 Montaditos by James and Sarah
Wow!!What great value..Cant beleive what great value for money this place is..We highly recommend it.
16/04/2014 @ 6:22 am
La Comare by Knight Song Crew
Sampled the croquettes last week, magnifiquo hot or cold.
14/04/2014 @ 1:11 pm
The Hotel was fantastic and were amazingly helpful in trying to recover a camera I had lost the day before, even ringing the lost property at Taxi office and the restaurant where said camera may have been lost.
They called a few days after I had left the hotel, but no luck.
Anyway thanks again.
13/04/2014 @ 7:29 am
Amistat Beach Hostel by Crew member of Knight Song
Forget the rest Amist is the best.
Say no more.
12/04/2014 @ 9:53 pm
Muns by Knight Song Boat
Had a delivery about 2 hours ago, almost finished 24 pasties between 8 people, well worth it.
2 per person is fine.
Spicey beef the best, spinach 2nd.
12/04/2014 @ 9:43 pm
Vacatada Restaurant by Paul, with Steve and Freddie
Met Joseph a few months ago, and I have to say best steaks/beef/meat/ or anything resembling a cow is the best I have had in a long time, ( sorry Joseph is the owner and all round maitre de) you will keep going back, time and time again.
Fed up with Port Olympic and ventured out.
Best thing we ever did.
08/04/2014 @ 3:57 pm
O Lusitano by Javier Gonzo
Had the special sandwich with gravy( ask for it )delicious.
Similar to a toasty with different meats inside, typical Portugese apparently.
07/04/2014 @ 3:27 pm
La Tertulia by Rob Cairns
Found this delightful restaurant/tapas bar on your website and decided to give it a go today. I was very impressed. I opted for the "Menu del Dia" (Menu of the day) where the choice was good. I got a fabulous starter, main course, desert, and bottle of wine, all for just under 10 Euros.
I will definitely return. Excellent!!!
25/03/2014 @ 8:18 pm
Restaurant 1932 by Martin Hayes and crew
Had a fabulous meal here on Sunday, There was five of us and each one enjoyed their meals. Will definitely return.
19/03/2014 @ 12:03 am
El Raco de la Vila by Steve & Crew
Fantastic meal and service.Can not fault and would have no hesitations recommending to anyone.
19/03/2014 @ 12:00 am
Just had a great night in the Four Points Hotel,Found them on this website, and will definitely be trying more of your recommendations from now on.
19/01/2014 @ 8:00 pm
Restaurant 1932 by Nicola
23/12/2013 @ 8:32 pm
Chiropractic Port Olympic by Luca
I sailed into Port Olimpic with a serious twist in my Spine. After 4 days in the Med, force 5 winds and cross chop waves, I was sick and tired. Went to Dr. Tobias for an adjustment and walked out like a new man!
Great chiropractor, lovely staff and very affordable.
I highly recommend them. 5 stars!

Luca, Dublin
28/10/2013 @ 9:36 pm
A Taste of Home by Chris Talbot
Found this shop via harbour guides, so pleased they stock lemon barley water- will be stocking up for Christmas
25/08/2013 @ 9:22 pm
A Taste of Home by Sue
I use the shop a lot as they have lots of stock. Not only basics but luxury things too. They also get things to order. I can get Vegimite there and also Tim Tams
04/07/2013 @ 3:57 pm
A Taste of Home by Johnny
Well stocked shop with everything you are missing or forgot .
Excellent that they deliver if you are feeling lazy.
21/06/2013 @ 6:51 am
Captain Vapor by William and girllfriends
The staff were brilliant and leave yourself a bit of time to get knitted out, because you get to try before you buy.
18/06/2013 @ 5:07 am
Xapata by Paul
The food here is absolutely amazing, reasonably priced, and from what i understand will do outside catering for boats and very soon deliveries at a minimum cost. Chneck it out.
18/06/2013 @ 5:04 am
Xapata by Paul
The food here is absolutely amazing, reasonably priced, and from what i understand will do outside catering for boats and very soon deliveries at a minimum cost. Chneck it out.
21/04/2013 @ 1:37 pm
Port Forum by Max Hitchens

June, 2012 - I paid $3,300 in advance for a year's berth at a marina managed by Port Forum.

October, 2012 - I was informed via email that meters were now installed and they would begin charging for water and electricity. I replied, that I had a prepaid contract which included water and electricity. No response from them.

February, 2013 - I received a demand for payment for water and electricity. Again, I responded that I had paid in advance for a year on a contract which included water and electricity. Again, No response from them. Two weeks later - Another demand for payment. This time I contacted Oscar Lopez of Port Forum management about the problem. He responded that the "situation has changed" and I would now be required to pay for water and electricity.

March, 2013 - Joan Llorens informed me that if I continued to refuse to pay the bill for water and electricity, they would be shut off. Two weeks later, I returned to the boat to find the water and electricity disconnected and a refrigerator full of spoiled food.

April, 2013 - After a failed attempt to set up a meeting with Joan Conde of Port Forum and living without electricity, I left for a more hospitable marina two months before the end of my prepaid contract.

I will never return to any Port Forum managed marina and I would not recommend them to any one else.
15/09/2012 @ 2:33 pm
4 Gats Restaurant by Chris Talbot
We have eaten here a few times the atmosphere is great, stop for a beer first before you have your meal, in ceramic mugs - and a must for every Shadow of the Wind reader
29/02/2012 @ 5:04 pm
Port Ginesta by HG CREW
We visited this marina recently as we are considering mooring the Harbourguides yacht "Knight Song" there when we sail her to Spain later this year.We were really impressed with it and think it will be an ideal base for the yacht.
28/02/2012 @ 5:38 pm
Port Vell Marina by HG CREW
Marina Port Vell will remain open during the current work being carried out, and reservations are being taken for 2012
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