Stray beyond Barcelona and you’ll find that Catalonia has some delightful spots for the adventurous boater hoping to make the most out of the Med
Cape Creus Anchorages
This majestic Spanish headland is menacing when a tramontane stirs the sea white, but in quiet weather the whole Creus peninsula is a marvellous cruising area, indented with long calas, some of which are safe anchorages even when it’s blowing a hooley. There are good base marinas at Port Roses on the south side and Llançà on the north.
The stretch between Roses and Cape Creus is especially dramatic, with a dozen stunning anchorages in mountainous surroundings.
Cadaqués inlet has a beautiful anchorage at its head off an old Catalan town. Between Cadaqués and Cape Creus, Cala de Port Lligat is an enchanting hideaway inside a craggy island.
Salvador Dali lived here for over 50 years in a cubist-style villa on the shore. Calas Jugadora and Fredosa are two lonely inlets south of Cape Creus lighthouse – magical in calm conditions.