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
This genial town has two marinas – one in the main harbour (pictured below) and the newer Marina Palamós just to the east.
Marina Palamós has a pampering restaurant which may tempt you to linger a day or two to sample the leisurely lunches still enjoyed in Catalonia. Palamós is renowned for a special type of large prawn, some of which look like young lobsters!
The coast becomes higher and more spectacular as you work east. Just beyond Palamós, La Fosca is a superb bay with a golden beach and turquoise water. Then comes Cap Roig nature reserve, a wooded shore with no buildings, no roads and a choice of small bays for anchoring.
Beyond Cap Roig, the picturesque village at Calella de Palafrugell looks like a film set of a Catalan waterfront, with fishing boats drawn up on the beaches and traditional villas with their feet in the blue Mediterranean.
Anchored off one of the coves here, you can wind down to Spanish time and chill out between swims.
A picturesque marina beneath steep wooded shores, Puerto de Llafranc has the same lotus-eating vibes as Palafrugell though its longer waterfront is more alive with bars, cafés and several diving schools. Many small boats lie on moorings and locals go off fishing around the calas and cliffs.